1A Football League Scenerios

We are one week away from the conclusion of the 2018 High School Football season. There are a couple of leagues that still have no champion crowned, but that changes on Friday night.

Here’s a list of the League Champions crowned Friday/Saturday:

  • Centauri (Southern Peaks)
  • Meeker (Western Slope)
  • Peyton (Santa Fe)

Heres a list of the scenarios to decide the remaining  League Champions:

Colorado:
  • Platte Canyon win championship with win over Manuel
    • If that happens then Clear Creek is second with a win over Jefferson
  • If Clear Creek and Manuel both win then the two share the crown with Platte Canyon
  • If Platte Canyon and Jefferson win then Platte Canyon is champion and Manuel, Jefferson and Clear Creek all share second
North Central:
  • Limon clinches league championship with win over Holyoke
    • If that happens then Burlington is second regardless of how they fare against Wiggins
  • If Burlington and Holyoke both win they will share the crown with Limon
Northern:
  • Strasburg clinches league title with win over Cornerstone Christian
    • If that happens then Highland is second with a win over Estes Park
  • If Cornerstone Christian and Highland both win they will share the title with Strasburg
  • If Strasburg and Estes Park both win then Strasburg is champion and Cornerstone Christian, Highland and Estes Park will share second
Tri-Peaks:
  • Winner between Florence and Colorado Springs Christian is League Champion and loser is second

**Source: Colorado Preps (www.coloradopreps.com)**

2A Football League Scenerios

We are one week away from the conclusion of the 2018 High School Football season. There are a couple of leagues that still have no champion crowned, but that changes on Friday night.

Here’s a list of the League Champions crowned Friday/Saturday:

  • Resurrection Christian (Patriot West)
  • La Junta (Tri-Peaks)

Heres a list of the scenarios to decide the remaining  League Champions:

Colorado:
  • Kent Denver wins the league with a victory over Bishop Machebeuf
    • With a Kent Denver win Englewood is second with a win over Ridgeview Academy
  • If Bishop Machebeuf and Englewood both win, then they plus Kent Denver would be tied for the league crown
Intermountain:
  • Winner between Salida and Bayfield is the league champion, the loser is second
Flatirons:
  • Winner between D’Evelyn and Faith Christian is the league champion, the loser is second
Patriot East:
  • Platte Valley clinches the league with a win over Brush
    • If that happens then Sterling is second regardlessof how they fare against Weld Central
  • Wins by Brush and Sterling create a three way tie for the championship with them and Platte Valley
Western Slope:
  • Aspen wins league championship with win over Basalt
  • Rifle wins league championship with win at Moffat County if Basalt beats Aspen
  • Basalt wins league championship with a win vs. Aspen if Moffat County beats Rifle

**Source: Colorado Preps (www.coloradopreps.com)**

Friday Pick ‘Em (October 12th, 2018)

Let’s begin to have a little fun here. We’re going to start a new segment  with Ark Valley Sports, the Friday Pick ‘Em. Here’s how it will work:

  • Every Friday i will pick the winners of some football games across the Arkansas Valley, Colorado College Football, and the Denver Broncos
    • Every week I will pick the winners in:
      • (4) High School football games *1 from each classification (A-6, A-8, 1A, 2A)
      • All the College Football games featuring Colorado, Colorado State-Fort Collins, Air Force and Colorado State-Pueblo
      • Denver Bronco Game
    • Every week I will update you on the outcome of the weekend and give you my overall record

If you want to play along just leave your picks in the comments.

Here is this week’s installment of Arkansas Valley Sports Friday Pick ‘Em:


LAST WEEKS RECORD: 6-3

OVERALL RECORD: 6-3

High School Football:

Manzanola Bobcats @ La Veta Redskins (A-6 South Central)

  • Date & TIme: Friday 7pm
  • Location: La Veta High School
  • Record: Manzanola (4-2, 2-0)     La Veta (3-3, 2-0)
  • Last Week: Manzanola (L 41-13 vs. #10 Mountain Valley)     La Veta (W 60-27 vs. Cripple Creek-Victor)
  • Series (since 2004): La Veta leads 8-3     Manzanola last won in 2014

PICK:  Manzanola has lost two in a row. Its going to be tough to get a win against La Veta. Bobcats lose 3rd straight 58-30.

 

Fowler Grizzlies @ McClave Cardinals (A-8 Arkansas Valley)

  • Date & TIme: Friday 7pm
  • Location: Fowler High School
  • Record: Fowler (4-2, 2-1)     McClave (3-3, 2-1)
  • Last Week: Fowler (W 54-14 @ Wiley)     McClave (W 50-0 vs. Las Animas)
  • Series (since 2004): McClave leads 5-0

PICK:  Fowler is always been a powerhouse in October. McClave has always been a powerhouse year round. A great one is brewing tonight in Fowler. Grizz come out on top 35-21.

 

#9 Crowley County Chargers @ John Mall Panthers (1A Santa Fe)

  • Date & TIme: Friday 7pm
  • Location: John Mall High School
  • Record: Crowley County (5-1, 2-0)     John Mall (2-4, 1-1)
  • Last Week: Crowley County (W by forfeit vs. Trinidad)     John Mall (L 46-0 @ #4 Peyton)
  • Series (since 2004): Crowley County leads 11-1.    John Mall only win in series was in 2006

PICK:  Chargers have always dominated the Santa Fe. John Mall has slowly became a force. Crowley’s matchup with Peyton will be for the Santa Fe League title. Chargers win tonight 40-0.

 

#1 La Junta Tigers vs. Lamar Savages (2A Tri-Peaks)

  • Date & TIme: Friday 7pm
  • Location: La Junta High School
  • Record: La Junta (6-0, 2-0)     Lamar (2-4, 1-1)
  • Last Week: La Junta (W 40-7 @ Elizabeth)     Lamar (W 32-0 vs. Woodland Park)
  • Series (since 2004): Lamar leads 10-4.    La Junta has won last 3 meetings

PICK:  Whistle Game. Lamar. La Junta. It won’t be close though. Tigers claim the Whistle for the 4th straight year, 47-0.

 

College Football:

Air Force Falcons @ San Diego State Aztecs (Mountain West)

  • Date & TIme: Friday 7pm
  • Location: SDCCU Stadium (San Diego, CA)
  • Record: Air Force (2-3, 0-2)     San Diego State (4-1, 1-0)
  • Last Week: Air Force (W 35-7 vs. Navy)     San Diego State (W 19-13 @ Boise State)
  • Series  Air Force leads 19-16     San Diego State has won last 7 meetings

PICK:  The Falcons pick up a win last week. So did San Diego State. It will be a good one in California. Falcons upset Aztecs 21-14.

 

#19 Colorado Buffaloes @ USC Trojans (Pac 12)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 8:30pm
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Record: Colorado (5-0, 2-0)     USC (3-2, 2-1)
  • Last Week: Colorado (W 28-21 vs. Arizona State)     USC had an OPEN WEEK
  • Series: USC leads 12-0

PICK:  The Buffs have not won a game in this series. It ends this week. Buffs win a close one 28-21.

 

CSU-Fort Collins Rams vs. New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 2pm
  • Location: Canvas Stadium (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Record: CSU-Fort Collins (2-4, 1-1)     New Mexico (3-2, 1-0)
  • Last Week: CSU-Fort Collins (W 42-30 @ San Jose State)     New Mexico (W 50-14 @ UNLV)
  • Series: CSU-Fort Collins leads 40-25     CSU-Fort Collins has won last 8 meetings

PICK:  Last 8 meetings have gone to the Rams. This year marks the 9th. All CSU in this one, 45-14.

 

CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves @ Colorado Mesa Mavericks (RMAC)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 2pm
  • Location: Ralph Stocker Stadium (Grand Junction, CO)
  • Record: CSU-Pueblo (5-1, 4-1)     Colorado Mesa (4-2, 3-2)
  • Last Week: CSU-Pueblo (W 48-3 vs. NM Highlands)     Colorado Mesa (W 31-24 @ Fort Lewis)
  • Series: CSU-Pueblo leads 7-3

PICK:  Pack. Mavs. It doesn’t get any better than this in the RMAC. CSU wins a not so close one 28-7.

 

National Football League:

Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • Date & TIme: Sunday 2:05pm
  • Location: Broncos Stadium @ Mile High (Denver, CO)
  • Record: Denver (2-3)      Los Angeles (5-0)
  • Last Week: Denver (L 34-16 @ New York)     Los Angeles (W 33-31 @ Seattle)
  • Series: Los Angeles leads 8-5.    Los Angeles has won last 3 meetings

PICK:  Vance Joseph is still playing for his job. After last week he is lucky to have one. Broncos win, it’s in Denver so of course they do. Rams get 1st loss of the year. All Denver 35-10.

Friday Pick ‘Em (October 5th, 2018)

Let’s begin to have a little fun here. We’re going to start a new segment  with Ark Valley Sports, the Friday Pick ‘Em. Here’s how it will work:

  • Every Friday i will pick the winners of some football games across the Arkansas Valley, Colorado College Football, and the Denver Broncos
    • Every week I will pick the winners in:
      • (4) High School football games *1 from each classification (A-6, A-8, 1A, 2A)
      • All the College Football games featuring Colorado, Colorado State-Fort Collins, Air Force and Colorado State-Pueblo
      • Denver Bronco Game
    • Every week I will update you on the outcome of the weekend and give you my overall record

If you want to play along just leave your picks in the comments.

Here is this week’s installment of Arkansas Valley Sports Friday Pick ‘Em:


High School Football:

Cheraw Wolverines vs. Edison Eagles (A-6 Non-Conference)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 7pm
  • Location: Cheraw High School
  • Record: Cheraw (1-3, 0-3)     Edison (2-2, 1-1)
  • Last Week: Cheraw (L 61-20 vs. #9 Granada)     Edison (W 33-14 @ Hanover)
  • Series (since 2004): Edison leads 3-2     Cheraw’s last win in series was in 2007

PICK:  Cheraw has had a rough start to the season. Edison has had an average season. Eagles tame the Wolverines tonight 61-30.

 

Swink Lions @ Calhan Bulldogs (A-8 Southern)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 1pm
  • Location: Calhan High School
  • Record: Swink (2-3, 1-1)     Calhan (1-4, 0-2)
  • Last Week: Swink (W 38-0 vs. Miami-Yoder)     Calhan had a BYE
  • Series (since 2004): 1st Meeting

PICK:  Swink picked up the win last week. Calhan has had two weeks to prepare. Get ready for a classic in Calhan. Lions come out on top 35-30.

 

Rocky Ford Meloneers @ Ellicott Thunderhawks (1A Santa Fe)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 1:30pm
  • Location: Ellicott High School
  • Record: Rocky Ford (1-4, 0-1)     Ellicott (0-5, 0-1)
  • Last Week: Rocky Ford (L 42-8 vs. #9 Crowley County)     Ellicott (L 42-0 vs. #3 Peyton)
  • Series (since 2004): Tied 3-3

PICK:  Rocky Ford has struggled this year. Ellicott has struggled a little more. The series is tied, the game won’t be. Meloneers take down Thunderhawks 34-6.

 

#1 La Junta Tigers @ ELizabeth Cardinals (2A Tri-Peaks)

  • Date & TIme: Friday 7pm
  • Location: Elizabeth High School
  • Record: La Junta (5-0, 1-0)     Elizabeth (3-2, 1-0)
  • Last Week: La Junta (W 40-0 @ Woodland Park)     Elizabeth (W 41-0 vs. Manitou Springs)
  • Series (since 2004): La Junta leads 2-0

PICK:  Tigers are #1. Elizabeth is 3-2. Cardinals are having a good year. Tigers are having a better one. Its all La Junta tonight 42-0.

 

College Football:

Air Force Falcons vs. Navy Midshipmen (Commander-In-Chief Trophy)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 1:30pm
  • Location: Falcon Stadium (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Record: Air Force (1-3, 0-2)     Navy (2-2, 1-1)
  • Last Week: Air Force (L 28-25 vs. Nevada)     Navy had an OPEN WEEK
  • Series  Air Force leads 29-21     Each team has 2 wins in last 4 meetings

PICK:  The Commander-In-Chief’s trophy. Air Force. Navy. Falcons take down Midshipmen in a close one 21-20

 

#21 Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac 12 South)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 2pm
  • Location: Folsom Field (Boulder, CO)
  • Record: Colorado (4-0, 1-0)     Arizona State (3-2, 1-1)
  • Last Week: Colorado (W 38-16 vs. UCLA)     Arizona State (W 52-24 vs. Oregon State)
  • Series: Arizona State leads 8-1     Teams have split last two meetings

PICK:  Colorado is looking to get off to their best start in school history. Not even if Herm Edwards was playing do the Sun Devils stand a chance. Buffs 28-7

 

CSU-Fort Collins Rams @ San Jose State Spartans (Mountain West)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 8:30pm
  • Location: CEFCU Stadium (San Jose, CA)
  • Record: CSU-Fort Collins (1-4, 0-1)     San Jose State (0-4, 1-1)
  • Last Week: CSU-Fort Collins (L 35-19 vs. Illinois State)     San Jose State (L 44-41 vs. Hawaii)
  • Series: CSU-Fort Collins leads 5-4     CSU-Fort Collins has won last 2 meetings

PICK:  A game of struggling Mountian West teams. Neither of these teams will win their division or the confernece. It’s about pride now. Rams take down the Spartan 35-28.

 

CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves vs. New Mexico Highlands Cowboys (RMAC)

  • Date & TIme: Saturday 6pm
  • Location: Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl (Pueblo, CO)
  • Record: CSU-Pueblo (4-,1, 3-1)     New Mexico Highlands (2-2, 2-2)
  • Last Week: CSU-Pueblo (W 41-14 vs, SD Mines)     New Mexico Highlands had an OPEN WEEK
  • Series: CSU-Pueblo leads 10-0

PICK:  It’s simple in this one. New Mexico Highlands has yet to win a game in the series. After this game they still won’t have. Pack wins big 60-7.

 

National Football League:

Denver Broncos @ New York Jets

  • Date & TIme: Sunday 11am
  • Location: Metlife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey)
  • Record: Denver (2-2, 1-1)     New York (1-3, 0-2)
  • Last Week: Denver (L 27-23 vs. Kansas City     New York (L 31-12 @ Jacksonville)
  • Series  Denver lead 20-15-1    Denver has won last 3 meetings

PICK:  Vance Joseph is possibly playing for his job. Broncos help him keep it, Broncos win 35-14.

Opening Weekend Arkansas Valley Football Schedule

It’s finally time. Football returns to the Arkansas Valley tonight, 1A and 2A football get their seasons going tonight as each team looks to be playing Thanksgiving weekend! Here is the schedule for the opening weekend of football in the Arkansas Valley.


2A

—La Junta Tigers @ Raton Tigers

  • Place: Raton High School (Raton, New Mexico)
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Radio: AM1400 KBLJ
    • Players to Watch:
      • Jon Nuschy (Senior, La Junta)
      • Ryan Malden (Junior, La Junta)
      • Jacob Tafoya (Senior, La Junta)

 

1A

—Ridgeview Academy Rams @ Crowley County Chargers

  • Place: Charger Field (Ordway, Colorado)
  • Time: 5:00pm
    • Players to Watch:
      • Ti’Quan Williams (Junior, Crowley County)
      • Michael Cortes (Senior, Crowley County)

 

—Florence Huskies @ Rocky Ford Meloneer

  • Melon Field (Rocky Ford, Colorado) **INAUGURAL GAME**
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Radio: Thunder County 92.1 FM
    • Players to Watch:
      • David Trujillo (Senior, Rocky Ford)
      • Isiah Garcia (Junior, Rocky Ford)
      • Cameron Frantz (Junior, Rocky Ford)

Meloneers Look to Improve On Last Season

Official practice for fall sports began on Monday. So that means back to the gridiron it was for the Rocky Ford Meloneers. This year though they will be playing on a new surface. The Melon Field was completed over the summer and is ready for use by the Meloneers. Coach Sean McNames remains at the head of the operation. In his two years as coach of the Meloneers, McNames has compiled an 11-7 record. The Meloneers have only lost 3 league games in those two years. Each year has had a winning season, but the Meloneers have failed to make the playoffs due to RPI. This year could be the Meloneers year as Crowley County graduated a number of Seniors last year. Rocky Ford lost 11 Seniors to graduation, included in that is Running Back Diego Reyes, Linebacker Zeke Torrez and Wide Receiver Carlos Romo. The Meloneers return a bunch of talent from last year though, including Senior Wide Receiver David Trujillo, Junior Quarterback Isiah Garcia and Junior Offensive/Defensive Lineman Simon Apodaca. The Meloneers open the season with the first football game played at the new Melon Field August 24th against Florence

 

FULL MELONEER SCHEDULE:

Tigers Back on the Prowl!

The La Junta Tiger football team, just like the rest of the state of Colorado began practice on Monday. It is now the Ty Buderus era at Tiger Stadium as Ty will take over the team from his brother Clint. Clint took the head coaching job at Pueblo West earlier in the summer. Ty was named head coach four days later. Most of the team will stay the same for the 2018 campaign. The Tigers graduated 12 seniors last year. In that number was Running Back Wyatt Buhr, Wide Receiver Matthew Espinoza and Offensive Tackle Vicente Ramirez. A lot of skill and heart returns to the Tiger lineup as they return 2-time Player of the Year Quarterback Jon Nuschy. Also returning for the Tigers are: Linebacker Mitchell Peabody, Center Ty Addington and Tackle/Nose Guard Jacob Tafoya. La Junta is Junior heavy this year as this year’s squad has 22 Juniors. A total of 42 kids make up the Tiger roster this season. 8 of those 42 are Seniors. 23 of the 42 kids were on the 2016 State Championship team. La Junta opens up the season August 24th at Raton.

 

FULL TIGER SCHEDULE: