Chalk held in the quarterfinal round, putting the top four seeds into this weekend's semifinals. Two of the four teams are looking for their first state title in six-man, while the other two are looking to get back to the championship game for a potential rematch of last year's epic clash. PHOTO BY BOB SCHECTER
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Heading into Saturday's eight-man semifinal contests, one thing is certain... the 2020 champion will come from either the Mountain or Plains divisions. Both games will pit a team from each league. Three of the top four seeds remain, including Sedgwick County, which finds itself two wins away from tying the state record for most consecutive state championships, at six. PHOTO BY ANTHONY GARCIA
Two games will decide next week’s matchup for the Class 4A state football title. Dakota Ridge will take on Loveland and Palmer Ridge heads to Fountain-Fort Carson as those teams will clash for the right to play one more week and do so on at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at Colorado State University-Pueblo. PHOTO BY LANCE WENDT
Two games will decide next week’s matchup for the Class 4A state football title. Cherry Creek will take on Pomona and Legend heads to Valor Christian as those teams will clash for the right to play one more week and do so on at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at Colorado State University-Pueblo. PHOTO BY LANCE
This week's semifinal round in Class 1A features four programs that are not no strangers to the final four. Between the four teams, they have 67 previous appearances in the semifinal round. More than half of those belong to two-time defending champion, Limon, who has been to this point of the playoffs 35 times in the past. Their opponent, Wray, is here for the 20th time in history. Strasburg is in the round for the fifth straight year, while Centauri is making its fourth consecutive appearance. PHOTO BY OT SPORTSCHEK
In combining for the last four state championships, Limon and Strasburg have drawn all the headlines in Class 1A over that stretch. The Badgers and Indians are the top two seeds in the bracket and again very involved in the title chase this year, but there are six other clubs that want to start their own history by claiming the crown.
Fresh battles dominate the Class 3A state quarterfinal pairings as only one of the four matchups have occurred previously in the playoffs. That’s between Holy Family and Evergreen but the remaining three contests involving Roosevelt-Fort Morgan, Pueblo South-Mead and Durango-Lutheran have never taken place in the post-season. PHOTO BY SHAUN STANLEY