Win, get in, anything can happen.

That’s the mantra of every team entering the postseason – in any sport – tells itself. Anything can happen, regardless of seeding and records.

Last weekend in the first round of the Class 5A state football playoffs, the majority of the higher-seeded teams moved into Friday’s second round of play.

But there were a couple of programs that showed why seeding is often just a number. No. 20 Rocky Mountain got it started with a stirring 20-13 victory over No. 13 Mountain Vista last Thursday, and 19th-seeded Chatfield kept it up a day later with a 28-20 victory over Front Range League champion Fairview.

The going will only get tougher from here on out, as the top eight seeds open their postseason after receiving a first-round bye. With a berth in the state quarterfinals on the line though, there are some terrific matchups waiting Friday night through, from No. 12 Legacy visiting No. 5 Pine Creek, to ninth-seeded ThunderRidge tangling with No. 8 Arapahoe.

Here is a quick look at the eight second-round contests:

Quadrant 1

(16) Fountain-Fort Carson at (1) Cherry Creek, 7 p.m., Friday

The pursuit of a four-peat begins Friday night when top-seeded Cherry Creek hosts Fountain-Fort Carson. The Bruins have won three consecutive 5A titles, but stumbled in the regular-season finale with a 24-21 loss to Grandview. The Bruins still bring an elite defense to the table, led by senior Blake Purchase and his 15 sacks. The team has 39 sacks and 17 turnovers in 10 games, with Logan Brantley sitting on six interceptions. On offense, Creek rushed for 240 yards a game with 28 touchdowns, with nine each from Carlson Tann and Jordan Herron.

The Trojans are on a roll with four consecutive victories, including last Friday’s 42-14 playoff victory over Eaglecrest. Tavian Tuli had four touchdown passes and two rushing scores, and Darian Martin hauled in three catches for 116 yards and two scores.

(9) ThunderRidge at (8) Arapahoe, 7 p.m., Friday

Arapahoe is one of three Centennial League teams in the round of 16. A three-game losing streak midway through the season didn’t stop the Warriors, who won three of their final four to earn the No. 8 seed. Michael Moynihan has eight passing touchdowns and six rushing scores, and good balance on defense helped keep Arapahoe in every game. The up-and-down nature of the team’s regular season showed as the Warriors both scored and allowed 193 points.

ThunderRidge picked up its 10th victory of the season last Friday, opening the postseason with a 38-10 victory over Doherty. DJ Bordeaux had 326 yards passing and three touchdown passes, with Gavin Olshan snaring 10 passes for 173 yards and two scores.

Quadrant 2

(20) Rocky Mountain at (4) Grandview, 7 p.m., Friday

Coming off a stirring victory over No. 1 Cherry Creek in the regular-season finale, the Wolves has as much momentum as any team going into this Friday. Junior quarterback Liam Szarka has thrown for 1,753 yards and 16 touchdowns, rushing for 12 more scores. Sophomore Donavon Vernon topped 1,000 yards on the season and scored 14 rushing touchdowns, and seniors Simon Kibee and Davion Henderson are two key targets for Szarka. Max Kibbee and Preston Emken averaged 10 tackles a game.

Rocky Mountain finished fourth in its league, but shut down Mountain Vista’s potent passing attack in a snowy game last Thursday. The Lobos scored two touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with three interceptions.

(12) Legacy at (5) Pine Creek, 7 p.m., Friday

This could well be the most anticipated battle of the second round. Pine Creek has won seven of its past eight games, with the only setback during that stretch coming to seventh-seeded Regis Jesuit. Junior Mason Miller led the Eagles during the regular season with 1,110 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, and sophomore Jonathan Coar also rushed for 11 scores. Pine Creek’s defense excelled in forcing turnovers, with 26 takeaways in 10 games. Juniors Ramon Pacheco and Justis Nicholson combined for 12 interceptions between them.

Then there is the Lightning, which opened the playoffs with a 41-0 rout of Arvada West. Legacy has won nine consecutive games, scoring at least 31 points in each of them. Quarterback Kullen Lerma rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns against A-West, and Tyler Anderson added 89 yards and two scores. The Lightning also forced three turnovers.

Quadrant 3

(15) Legend at (2) Valor Christian, 7 p.m., Friday

Few teams had as challenging a close to the regular season as Valor Christian, which still managed to sweep victories over three top-13 playoff seeds. The Eagles have a number of impressive victories on their resume, and a dual-threat quarterback in Anthony Weiner, who has six passing and six rushing TDs. Jackson Oriol led the defense with five interceptions, and Alexander Jordan and Rowdy Beers each have 4.5 sacks.

Legend finished behind Regis Jesuit and Pine Creek in the league standings, but the Titans opened the playoffs with a hard-fought 22-15 first-round victory over Poudre last Thursday. The Impalas scored all their points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t slow Legend’s Alex Martinez, who rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

(10) Fossil Ridge at (7) Regis Jesuit, 7 p.m., Friday

Like Cherry Creek, a loss in the regular-season finale left a bitter taste in the Raiders’ mouths going into the postseason. Regis Jesuit is certain to be eager to play after a first-round bye, and will host Fossil Ridge on Friday. Senior Exander Carroll paced the offense during the regular season with 17 touchdown passes, eight of which went to D’Andre Barnes. Albert Medina rushed for 11 scores, and senior Hayden Moore is a force on defense. Moore is averaging more than 16 tackles a game and has six of the team’s 24 sacks.

Fossil Ridge opened the postseason with a resounding 45-21 victory over Mullen. Senior Tyler Kubat threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Trek Keyworth, and Colton Pawlak rushed for 121 yards and a score on only eight carries.

Quadrant 4

(19) Chatfield at (3) Ralston Valley, 7 p.m., Friday

It’s an all-Jeffco battle in this contest, and three of four teams in the quadrant are from the same league. These two teams played less than three weeks ago, with Chatfield’s rally coming up short in a 27-20 Mustangs victory. Ralston Valley has done much of its damage through the air this season, with Logan Madden tossing 17 touchdowns – a combined 14 of those went to Josh Rillos and Jackson Hansen. Diano Benallo has rushed for 961 yards and 15 scores, and Hansen picked off three passes and recovered two fumbles on the other side of the ball.

Chatfield held off Fairview’s late comeback attempt last Friday. The defending 4A state champions got a big night from quarterback Jake Jones, who was 15-of-17 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. Brock Narva rushed for 91 yards and caught five passes for 98 yards.

(11) Rock Canyon at (6) Columbine, 7 p.m., Friday

Columbine has been a force on both sides of the ball this fall, averaging more than 42 points a game while allowing only 10.4 points. In typical fashion the Rebels average nearly 350 rushing yards a game, paced by two players who topped 1,000 yards – Marquane Taylor (1,235 yards and 24 touchdowns) and Josh Snyder (1,150 yards and 11 scores). The defense has 15 sacks and 17 takeaways.

Rock Canyon started the season with six wins in a row, dropped three of four, then held off Cherokee Trail 23-20 last Friday. The Cougars scored 13 points in the fourth quarter but came up just short. Senior Aidan Duda did most of the damage, rushing for 341 yards on 43 carries and scoring three touchdowns.