With 23 games spread across the state, it’s a busier Saturday than last week and five games have caught our eyes as important matchups concerning the current rankings and more importantly, playoff pairings down the road.  Two of the five are in Class 2A as #9 Eaton heads to #10 D’Evelyn and #1 Bayfield welcomes in Aspen.
Eaton and D’Evelyn both sport much younger teams than a year ago but each is coming off a nice win in their season openers.  Eaton rolled past Sterling 37-25 and D’Evelyn rallied late to top Classical Academy 22-20.  Neither team is assured a conference championship so winning high-level non-conference games could be critical to their playoff chances.
Bayfield has outscored two out of state opponents 81-13 while jumping out to their 2-0 start.  The defending state champions have won 15 straight games.  Aspen is coming off an eight-win season in 2017 and opened this campaign with a nice 38-26 win at 1A Meeker.  They’ve had two weeks to prepare for the long road trip and huge challenge upon arrival.
Elsewhere on Saturday, #2 Limon heads south on Highway 71 to face #7 Crowley County.  Both teams are perennial playoff clubs so it should be a good battle.  The Badgers have won the last three in the series including both a regular season and playoff win a year ago.
If either #3 Merino or Mancos were to host their game today, the visiting team would travel nearly 475 miles one way for the game.  That’s what they’re playing in Fairplay at South Park high school.  For the Rams, their trip now is only 195 miles while the Bluejays check in at a distance of 278.  Both clubs are coming off playoff appearances.
The lone big school game of note today has Discovery Canyon visiting Pueblo South.  We expect a good game despite the disparity in records.  Discovery Canyon is 2-0 with wins over Mountain View (28-14) and Roosevelt (31-8).  South has dropped two games against Holy Family (19-7) and Erie (35-14).
Colorado Preps will be at the Limon-Crowley County matchup today and provide video highlights afterwards.  You can also follow updates on all the games on our Daily Scoreboard.  Click here for updates and you can text us at 970.380.7737 with score information of your game.