A couple of big-school quarterbacks were crucial in leading their teams to victory last week. Between their performances and some big games coming up, here is a look at the week that was in Class 5A, 4A and 3A football.


Quarterback kudos: Columbine QB Reeve Holliday had a memorable game last week against No. 3-ranked Arapahoe. He fired three touchdowns strikes and led his team down the field to set up Julian Ruiz’s game-winning field goal as the Rebels won 31-29. The 5-foot-10, 167-pound senior should put up more big numbers when 4-0 Columbine takes on winless Fort Collins (0-4) at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Erie QB Blake Barnett was in top form last week as he spearheaded the Tigers’ 30-7 win over Broomfield. He ran in three touchdowns and compiled 77 yards on the ground and threw for another during his 139-yard performance through the air as the Tigers defeated the Eagles, a team that knocked them out of the state playoffs a year ago in the 4A semis. Barnett has thrown eight TD passes this season and ran for five. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior will have to stay on his game as the Tigers visit Windsor.

Rushing ahead: Far Northeast Warriors have had a tough season, posting a 1-3 record so far. A bright spot for the Warriors has been running back Russell Patton. He had 13 carries for 108 yards and a score in the 34-28 loss to Longmont Sept. 16. He has 767 yards rushing this season and eight scores.

Pueblo Central’s Michael Montoya stepped up in a big way last week in his team’s 54-14 thrashing Coronado. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior rushed for 201 yards and five touchdowns for the 3A Wildcats, who are right on the edge of the Colorado Preps Top 10 poll. He will try and keep rolling at a pesky Pueblo County team Friday. In the last two games, Montoya has 330 yards on the ground and seven scores.

Booming Rivalry: This Friday at 7 p.m., one of the biggest rivalries in the state will continue when Pueblo South and Pueblo East battle in the 48th Cannon Game at Dutch Clark Stadium.

South leads the all-time series 41-19-1, but East has been the more dominant team since 2014. The Eagles won 3A state titles from 2014-16 and South won its lone football state crown in 4A when the Colts ousted perennial power Pine Creek in 2017.

There is a lot of bitterness in the series as evident last year. The game ended early following a fight between the teams. The game was called, and East won 23-0.

The game attracts upwards of 15,000 fans and it should be wild environment on Friday night.

Class 5A

No. 1 Cherry Creek (4-0) at No. 7 Regis Jesuit (2-2), (Fri. 6:30 p.m.)

The Bruins were supposed to be a top-notch team in the 5A ranks and they have not disappointed with an undefeated record. Sophomore QB Brady Vodicka threw three touchdown passes last week in a runaway victory past Arvada West. He completed 13-of-17 passes for 226 yards. His completions and yards were season-high performances. Regis is going through a brutal stretch in its schedule. It is coming off consecutive losses to Top 10 teams Arapahoe and Ralston Valley. Regis QB Peyton Lindell (184 yards per game) and running back Albert Medina (100 yards rushing per game) are going to need to step up if the Raiders want to avoid a three-game losing streak.

No. 10 Valor Christian (1-3) at No. 5 Ralston Valley (3-1), (Thurs., 7 p.m.)

The Eagles’ record is deceiving since it involves losses to out-of-state teams. Nonetheless, Valor will have to come to play against a stout Ralston Valley squad. Ralston knocked off Regis last week 28-21. RV is fueled by the double threat of running back Brady Weldon (327 yards rushing 5 TDs); and quarterback Logan Madden (849 yards passing, 4 TDs). Valor RB Gabe Sawchuk leads the team with four touchdowns this season and this could be the game his gets on track.

Class 4A

No. 2 Erie (3-1) at No. 8 Windsor (3-1), (Fri., 7 p.m.)

Erie, as expected, is a stellar squad. The Tigers are spearheaded by the four-prong attack of QB Blake Barnett (824 yards passing, 5 TDs); running back Gavin Lusk (290 yards rushing, 2 TDs); and receivers Donovan O’Brien (14 catches, 219 yards, 1 TD) and Alex Sweeney (14 catches, 208 yards, 1 TD). Windsor counters with QB Kyle Phelps (520 yards passing, and five TDs) and running back Brady Lichtenberg (503 yards rushing and 2 TDs). After three narrow wins to start the season, Windsor dropped a 35-30 decision to Fossil Ridge, Sept. 14. Junior receiver Tripp Thomas had seven catches for 75 yards and one score in the loss.

5A Chatfield (3-1) at No. 5 Dakota Ridge (3-1)

Following Chatfield’s 34-17 loss to Cherry Creek, the Chargers bounced back with a 38-14 victory over ThunderRidge. Senior QB Jack Jones led the way in the win passing for two scores and rushing for 103 yards and a score. Dakota Ridge’s offense was clicking in its 50-21 win over Rampart. Dakota Ridge’s Blake Palladino had 130 yards passing and one score and Landon Kalsbeck had five carries for 130 yards and one score. This will be a good test for both teams.

Class 3A

No. 3 Holy Family (3-0) at No. 2 Roosevelt (4-0) (Fri., 7 p.m.)

This is huge early-season battle of unbeatens. Holy Family has consecutive wins over Frederick (28-8), Broomfield (30-29) and Mountain View (46-28). Rylan Cooney has 577 yards passing and 274 yards rushing to set the pace for Holy Family. He had a season-high 254 yards passing against Mountain View. Roosevelt will need big games from quarterback Bronco Hartson (515 yards passing, 7 TDs) and running back Xavier Ramirez (585 yards rushing, 3 TDs).

No. 6 Durango (3-1) at Mead (1-2), (Fri., 7 p.m.)

Since losing to Farmington (N.M.) 39-20 on Aug. 25, Durango has found its groove. The Demons stayed in New Mexico and clubbed Piedra Vista (49-14) and Aztec (41-7) and then sped past Grand Junction Central (51-28). Against GJC, Durango running back Jaxon Fancher was the star, gaining 204 yards on the ground, and scoring three TDs. Mead, which is just outside Colorado Preps Top 10, has losses to ranked teams Windsor (10-7), and Lutheran (35-15) and a win over Severance (35-31). The Mavericks had an extra week to plan for Durango as they had a bye last week. If there ever was a win to kickstart the season this would be it for Mead.