8 Colorado high school football games to watch in Week 7 – The Denver Post

Class 5A

No. 1 Valor Christian (6-0) vs. Castle View (5-1)

When/where: 6 p.m. Friday at Douglas County Stadium

Last meeting: Valor 63, vs. Castle View 21, Oct. 30, 2020

Eyeing its second straight unbeaten regular season, Valor has two teams with winning records left on the schedule — Castle View and ThunderRidge (Week 10). The Sabercats rebounded from their lone loss of the season (16-0 to rival Douglas County in Week 4) with back-to-back victories. The two-headed running back tandem of Marc Wessbecker (83 carries, 522 yards) and Joe Ursetta (74-544) has been effective for Castle View, but can they find holes against a Valor defense that averages nearly as many tackles for loss per game (5.2) as it does points allowed (7.83)?

No. 4 Grandview (5-1) vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek (5-1)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Stutler Bowl

Last meeting: Creek 37, vs. Grandview 0, Oct. 22, 2020

The Bruins’ regular-season gauntlet continues with their third ranked opponent in as many weeks — and fifth straight team currently sporting a winning record. In spite of that difficult schedule, nary an in-state team has played Creek within closer than 20 points this fall. Junior quarterback Christian Hammond has done just fine replacing older brother, Julian, at the head of Creek’s balanced offense (921 yards passing, 907 rushing). A Grandview defense that has shown a penchant for big plays (45 TFLs, seven turnovers) will have its hands full.

No. 5 Regis Jesuit (4-2) vs. No. 6 Legend (5-1)

When/where: 1 p.m. Saturday at EchoPark Stadium

Last meeting: Legend 31, at Regis 7, Oct. 23, 2020

The 5A/4A South League title maybe be up for grabs in this one. While the Raiders have two losses, those came vs. the first- and second-ranked teams in 5A. Regis outscored its four other opponents 185-59, with junior Exander Carroll (1,125 total yards, 10 TDs passing, no interceptions) emerging as an efficient dual threat QB. Legend is coming off a down-to-the-wire win over 4A No. 3 Pine Creek. The trio of QB Colton Warner (1,050 pass yards, 11 TDs), RB Bryce Vaz (791 rush yards, 11 TDs) and WR Jackson Brush (434 receiving yards, 7 TDs) is formidable.

No. 10 Douglas County (6-0) vs. 4A No. 3 Pine Creek (5-1)

When/where: 6 p.m. Saturday at District 20 Stadium

Last meeting: First meeting

In another 5A/4A South showdown, unbeaten Douglas County visits the Eagles looking to clinch its best start in 15 years. The way the defense has played the past three weeks — 15 points allowed, 13 TFLs, six turnovers — the Huskies promise to be a tough out. Most of the attention, however, will be on the quarterbacks. Between Pine Creek’s Josiah Roy (1,431 total yards) and Douglas County’s Antwuan Jackson Jr. (1,438), this game features two of the most dynamic dual threat QBs in the state.

Class 4A

No. 5 Palmer Ridge (5-1) vs. No. 8 Ponderosa (5-1)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at EchoPark Stadium

Last meeting: First meeting

A week after getting knocked off its top-ranked perch by Montrose, Palmer Ridge faces a Ponderosa program that has caught fire since losing its opening game of the season. RB Zachary Pekarek has eclipsed 100 yards rushing in three of the last four games, freshman QB Andrew Heidel has a touchdown pass in five straight wins and the defense has given up one TD in its last eight quarters. The latter will be tested by sophomore QB Derek Hester (1,322 pass yards, 15 TDs) and the Bears’ array of weapons.

No. 6 Loveland (5-1) vs. Skyline (4-2)

When/where: 1 p.m. Saturday at Everly Montgomery Field

Last meeting: Loveland 27, vs. Skyline 26 (OT), Nov. 12, 2020

It could be argued that this game decided the 4A champion last fall. The Red Wolves held on in overtime, the Falcons missed the abbreviated 4A bracket, and nobody came as close to beating Loveland the rest of the way. Many of the names have changed since, but this remains a big opportunity for Skyline, which was clobbered by Erie two weeks ago (49-0) and could use the boost that would come with handing Loveland its first loss against 4A competition since 2019.

Class 3A

No. 2 Mead (4-0) vs. No. 1 Roosevelt (5-0)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Peterson Field

Last meeting: Roosevelt 21, vs. Mead 20 (OT), Oct. 16, 2020

A matchup of the two top-ranked teams in 3A should produce yet another instant classic. Last year’s meeting came down to a failed two-point conversion for the Mavericks, who never got a rematch due to a COVID forfeit in the 3A playoffs. Both teams have played nothing but blowouts this fall. Roosevelt is riding a streak of four straight shutouts, while Mead’s defense has surrendered just 15 points through four games. Expect a white-knuckler in Johnstown.

No. 3 Lutheran (5-0) vs. No. 7 Evergreen (5-0)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Evergreen High

Last meeting: Evergreen 51, at Lutheran 17, Oct. 13, 2017

Another matchup of 3A heavyweights pits a Lions team that has beaten all five of its opponents by at least 21 points and Evergreen squad that has nothing but blowouts on its resume as well. Lutheran senior QB Clayton Jacobs is on the verge of his second straight 1,000-yard passing season, and is a big part of a Lions run game that’s already piled up 1,194 yards. On the other side, Cougars QB Tommy Poholsky has thrown for 539 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the past two games.

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