Six. That’s the number of top ten matchups we saw in Northern Colorado Preps Football last weekend. Four. That’s the number of upsets we saw of those six games. One. The number one seed in the 2a classification dropped a game at home, and that could perhaps be the most surprising.
The Platte Valley Broncos hosted the Lutheran Lions on Friday night in a game that most thought would go like the years past, a big W for the team from Kersey. The Lions had other plans. The potent Platte Valley offense was held to only 7 points. The last time the Broncos were held to single digits was the loss in the State Championship game last year. Since 2017 the Broncos are 22-2, (23-3 counting this year) and in those losses the Broncos have scored single digits. Is it time to worry? No. Troy Hoffman and company look to bounce back next week against an Elizabeth team that just trounced Berthoud in similar fashion of the way the Broncos did in week one.
The Loveland Indians were ranked number 2 coming into their first matchup against number 4 ranked Broomfield. The defending state champions have some questions after Broomfield demolished them 38-12. Could Loveland be a rebuilding team this year? Or is Broomfield simply that good? Number 8 Pueblo South rolled over Number 4 Erie shaking up the 3a standings. After riding high off of a huge win in week one, the Roosevelt Roughriders couldn’t keep the momentum. In what turned out to be a back and forth game, the number 5 ranked Riders fell at the hands of number 7 Discovery Canyon. I still like the Riders this year and my guess is Lane Wasinger coaches his team some important lessons through defeat.
The final upset of the night came from the team I predicted to win the 2a state championship. The Cougars from Resurrection Christian knocked off the third ranked Faith Christian Eagles on the road 27-19. Most importantly, Buck Coors stayed healthy, and the defense only gave up 6 points with the special teams giving up a pair of kick returns. If Buck can stay on the field and the defense can get close to what it was last year, I like the Cougars to make a run.
Simply stated, the 2a classification is wide open. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Sterling Tigers and their 2-0 start after a shut out win 7-0 over the Eaton Reds on Friday. The 3a classification is also wide open. The polls look a lot different today then they did going into Friday and we love it.