Month: September 2019

Friday….Well Thursday Pick ‘Em (September 26)

Took a week off from the game after a horrible week of picks. Here’s this week’s edition of the “Friday Pick ‘Em”…yes I know it’s Thursday but  for naming purposes.


OVERALL RECORD: 10-12

LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 3-8

High School

RaTon Tigers (3-2) @ #8 La Junta Tigers (2-1)

  •  Tiger Stadium (La Junta, CO) *Thursday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): La Junta leads 4-1
  • Last Game: August 24, 2018 @ Raton (La Junta 47-0)
  • Last Week: Raton- def. Escalante, La Junta- def Kent Denver
  • Prediction: Its a no-brainer, Tigers win. Ok let me clarify…La Junta Tigers win. 47-7

Monte Vista Pirates (0-3) @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (0-3)

  • Melon Field (Rocky Ford, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Monte Vista leads 2-0
  • Last Game: September 21, 2018 @ Monte Vista (Monte Vista 46-22)
  • Last Week: Monte Vista lost to Florence, Rocky Ford- lost to Rye
  • Prediction: Both teams enter struggling in the early season. Rocky Ford looked great last week against Rye. Meloneers pick up the win here. Rocky Ford 42-6.

#2 Fowler GRIZZLIES (3-0) @ Holly Wildcats (2-2)

  • Holly High School (Holly, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Tied 2-2
  • Last Game: September 21, 2018 @ Fowler (Fowler 29-28)
  • Last Week: Fowler- Bye, Holly- def Las Animas
  • Prediction: Simple…Fowler keeps on winning. Grizzlies 56-16

SwiNk LIons (1-2) @ Custer County Bobcats (2-2)

  • Custer County High School (Westcliffe, CO) *Thursday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Custer County leads 3-2
  • Last Game: September 21, 2018 @ Swink (Custer County 50-0)
  • Last Week: Swink- Bye, Custer County- lost to Simla
  • Prediction: Coming off the bye week the Lions even the series with the Bobcats. Swink 54-27

Hoehne Farmers (1-2) @ Las Animas Trojans (0-3)

  • Jack LaSalle Field (Las Animas, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Tied 1-1
  • Last Game: September 21, 2018 @ Hoehne (Hoehne 44-14)
  • Last Week: Hoehne- def Springfield, Las Animas- lost to Holly
  • Prediction: Unfortunately the Trojans run into a tough Farmer team this week. Farmers win. Hoehne 56-6

Cheraw Wolverines (3-1) @ #1 Kit Carson Wildcats (4-0)

  • Kit Carson High School (Kit Carson, CO) *Thursday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Kit Carson leads 12-0
  • Last Game: September 21, 2018 @ Cheraw (Kit Carson 60-0)
  • Last Week: Cheraw- def La Veta, Kit Carson- def Eads
  • Prediction: Cheraw has had a great season thus far. This week just isn’t their week though. Kit Carson 66-13

Manzanola Bobcats (1-3) @ PriMero BullDogs (0-3)

  • Primero High School (Weston, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Manzanola leads 5-1
  • Last Game: September 21, 2018 @ Manzanola (Manzanola 62-0)
  • Last Week: Manzanola- lost to Branson/Kim, Primero- lost to Sierra Grande
  • Prediction: Manzanola has controlled this series. That doesn’t change this week. Manzanola 54-0

NCAA:

#11 Texas A&M Commerce Lions (2-0) @ #20 CSU-Pueblo ThUnderwolves (2-1)

  • Neta & Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl (Pueblo, CO) *Saturday 6pm*
  • Series (Since 2008): CSU-Pueblo leads 1-0
  • Last Game: September 22, 2018 @ Texas A&M Commerce (CSU-Pueblo 23-13)
  • Last Week: Texas A&M Commerce- def Eastern New Mexico, CSU-Pueblo- lost to Colorado Mines
  • Prediction: The Pack lost their home opener last week. They come out firing and take down the Lions. CSU-Pueblo 42-10

San Jose State SpartAns (2-1) @ Air Force Falcons (2-1)

  • Falcon Stadium (Colorado Springs, CO) *Friday 6pm*
  • Series: Air Force leads 3-1
  • Last Game: November 19, 2016 @ San Jose State (Air Force 41-38)
  • Last Week: San Jose State- def Arkansas, Air Force- lost to Boise State
  • Prediction: Air Force lost to a tough Boise State team last week. The Falcons have shown signs of being great. This week is a great one for them. Air Force 35-10

Colorado State Rams (1-3) @ Utah State Aggies (2-1)

  • Romney Stadium (Logan, UT) *Saturday 5:30pm*
  • Series: Colorado State leads 39-34
  • Last Game: November 17, 2018 @ Colorado State (Utah State 29-24)
  • Last Week: Colorado State- lost to Toledo, Utah State- def San Diego State
  • Prediction: Colorado State has had a rough go this year. It continues in Utah. Utah State 45-21

NFL:

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) @ Denver Broncos (0-3)

  • Empower Field at Mile High (Denver, CO) *Sunday 2:25pm*
  • Series: Tied 5-5
  • Last Game: December 4, 2016 @ Jacksonville (Denver 20-10)
  • Last Week: Jacksonville- def Tennessee, Denver- lost to Green Bay
  • Prediction: Denver just can’t seem to catch a break. They catch it this week. Denver 28-14

Friday Pick ‘Em (September 13)

Had an average week last week on our picks. But that’s in the past here’s a new edition of the “Friday Pick ‘Em”:


Overall Record: 7-4

Last Week’s Record: 7-4

HiGh School

Alamosa Mean Moose (1-0) @ #2 La JUnta Tigers (1-0)

  • Tiger Stadium (La Junta, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): La Junta leads 7-2
  • Last Game: September 7, 2018 @ Alamosa (La Junta 34-0)
  • Last Week: Alamosa- def. Monte Vista, La Junta- def. Pagosa Springs
  • Prediction: It’s the home opener for the defending 2A Champs, who haven’t lost a home game since October 17, 2014, that’s 27 straight. Put all my money on the Tigers. La Junta 42-7

Crowley County Chargers (1-1) @ #1 LiMon badgers (1-0)

  • Limon High School (Limon, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Limon leads 10-2
  • Last Game: September 8, 2018 @ Crowley County (Limon 40-6)
  • Last Week: Crowley County- lost to Rye, Limon- def. Lamar
  • Prediction: Unfortunately, it’s a rebuilding year for the Chargers. Limon comes to play. Limon 56-13

Lamar Savages (0-1) @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (0-1)

  • Melon Field (Rocky Ford, CO) *Saturday 1pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Lamar leads 1-0
  • Last Game: September 7, 2018 @ Lamar (Lamar 46-0)
  • Last Week: Lamar- lost to Limon, Rocky Ford- Bye
  • Prediction: Meloneers home opener = Meloneers win. Rocky Ford 42-21

#4 Fowler Grizzlies (2-0) @ Akron Rams (1-1)

  • Akron High School (Akron, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Akron leads 5-2
  • Last Game: September 7, 2018 @ Fowler (Fowler 28-20)
  • Last Week: Fowler- def Sargent, Akron- lost to Holly
  • Prediction: The Grizzlies have a strong team this year. They have to travel which is why this game is going to be close. Fowler 52-45

Swink Lions (1-1) @ #10 Sanford Indians (1-0)

  • Sanford High School (Sanford, CO) *Friday 6pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Sanford leads 3-0
  • Last Game: September 7, 2018 @ Swink (Sanford 66-0)
  • Last Week: Swink- def. Wiley, Sanford- def. McClave
  • Prediction: One word…UPSET! Swink 38-30

Las Animas Trojans (0-1) @ Sangre de Cristo ThUnderbirds (0-1)

  • Sangre de Cristo High School (Mosca, CO) *Saturday 1pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Las Animas leads 1-0
  • Last Game: September 7, 2018 @ Las Animas (Las Animas 32-26)
  • Last Week: Las Animas- lost to Custer County, Sangre de Cristo- lost to Soroco
  • Prediction: It was a rough one for the Trojans last week at home, they right the ship on the road. Las Animas 38-30

Walsh Eagles (0-2) @ Cheraw Wolverines (2-0)

  • Cheraw High School (Cheraw, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Walsh leads 4-0
  • Last Game: September 7, 2018 @ Walsh (Walsh 49-0)
  • Last Week: Walsh- lost to Flagler/Hi-Plains, Cheraw- def. Edison
  • Prediction: Cheraw is on the right path this year, they keep it going. Cheraw 60-43

NCAA:

Air Force Falcons (1-0) @ Colorado BuffaLoes (2-0)

  • Folsom Field (Boulder, CO) *Saturday 11am*
  • Series: Colorado leads 12-4
  • Last Game: October 5, 1974 @ Air Force (Colorado 28-27)
  • Last Week: Air Force- Bye, Colorado- def. Nebraska
  • Prediction: Another in State rivalry game for Colorado, this one isn’t as big but the Buffs win BIG. Colorado 56-7

Colorado state Rams (1-1) @ Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1)

  • Razorback Stadium (Fayetteville, AR) *Saturday 2pm*
  • Series: Arkansas leads 3-1
  • Last Game: September 8, 2018 @ Colorado State (Colorado State 34-27)
  • Last Week: Colorado State- def. Western Illinois, Arkansas- lost to Ole Miss
  • Prediction: A big time game for the Rams against the SEC. It’s a close one but the Rams gets above .500. Colorado State 45-35.

#9 CSU-Pueblo ThUnderwolves (1-0) @ Chadron State Eagles (0-1)

  • Don Beebe Stadium (Chadron, NE) *Saturday 6pm
  • Series (Since 2008): CSU-Pueblo 10-1
  • Last Game: September 8, 2018 @ CSU-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo 34-13)
  • Last Week: CSU-Pueblo- def Dixie State, Chadron State- def. Black Hills State
  • Prediction: One more week until the Pack are at the Thunderbowl, they head home 2-0. CSU-Pueblo 56-10

NFL:

Chicago BEars (0-1) @ Denver Broncos (0-1)

  • Empower Field at Mile High (that’s hard to say, it’s just Mile High, always will be) *Sunday  2:25pm*
  • Series: Denver leads 8-7
  • Last Game: November 22, 2015 @ Chicago (Denver 17-16)
  • Last Week: Chicago- lost to Green Bay, Denver- lost to Oakland
  • Prediction: Vic Fangio gets to play his former team. It’s the Broncos Home opener, Empow-, let’s get it straight it’s Mile High will be rocking. Denver 35-10

CHSAA Football Rankings Week 3 (September 9)

CHSAA released a new set of rankings on Monday. The Arkansas Valley has two teams in the Top-10 of their classification. Take a look at who’s where on the list.

6-MAN

RankTeamPointsRecordLast Week’s Rank
1Kit Carson (9)902-01
2Fleming 792-02
3Stratton/Liberty711-13
4Cheyenne Wells642-05
5Flagler/Hi-Plains422-06
6Prairie421-14
7Peetz332-07
8Eads212-010
9North Park182-08
10Briggsdale 141-19

Receiving Votes: Granada 10, Cheraw 4, Cotopaxi 4, Branson/Kim 3

Dropped Out: None

8-MAN

RankTeamPointsRecordLast Week’s Rank
1Sedgwick County (12)1202-01
2Caliche942-03
3Merino832-06
4Fowler812-04
5Mancos691-07
6Hoehne 590-12
7Dayspring Christian431-09
8Rangely 372-08
9Pikes Peak Christian171-1-
10Sanford161-0-

Receiving Votes: Holly 11, Vail Christian 9, West Grand 8, Dove Creek 5, Del Norte 3, Sargent 3, Akron 1, Custer County 1

Dropped Out: West Grand (5), Sargent (10)

1A

RankTeamPointsRecordLast Week’s Rank
1Limon (13)1841-01
2Strasburg (3)1672-03
3Holyoke (3)1532-05
4Meeker 1222-06
5Centauri1191-04
6Florence (1)1122-07
7CSCS860-12
8 Burlington 490-18
9Buena Vista191-0-
10Highland 181-1-

Receiving Votes: Rye 17, Monte Vista 15, Peyton 12, Wray 7, Hotchkiss 6, Cedaredge 5, Paonia 5, Yuma 3, Crowley County 1

Dropped Out: Peyton (9), Monte Vista (10)

2A

RankTeamPointsRecordLast Week’s Rank
1La Junta (12)1861-02
2Rifle (5)1732-04
3Delta (1)1241-05
4Platte Valley (2)1181-11
5Sterling1092-08
6Resurrection Christian 1071-19
7Faith Christian (1)840-13
8Kent Denver 791-06
9TCA572-0-
10Bayfield431-1-

Receiving Votes: Basalt 30, Alamosa 20, Aspen 17, Eaton 16, Elizabeth 16, D’Evelyn 11, Bennett 4, Bishop Machebeuf 4, Brush 4, Manitou Springs 4, University 2, Englewood 1, Lamar 1

Dropped Out: Aspen (7), Eaton (10)

Ark Valley Football Scoreboard (September 6)

Stay here for updates throughout the night from all 6 games from Arkansas Valley teams tonight.

FINAL1st2nd3rd4thScore
La Junta ----19
Pagosa Springs ----7

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Crowley County00000
Rye707620

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Swink6148634
Wiley00000

FINAL1st2nd3rd4thScore
Sargent6801327
Fowler141416650

FINAL1st2nd3rd4thScore
Custer County 14861240
Las Animas00000

FINAL1st2nd3rd4thScore
Manzanola1212121248
Eads725123478

Friday Pick ‘Em (September 6)

With a new football season comes a new season of Friday Pick ‘Em. Every Friday we’ll give you information and predictions for games featuring: All Arkansas Valley Football teams, Colorado Buffaloes, Colorado State Rams, Air Force Falcons CSU-Pueblo Thunderwolves as well as the Denver Broncos. We’ll keep a running total of our record, and you can play along too. Just put a comment of your predictions in the comments. Here we go. It’s time for this week’s installment of the “Friday Pick ‘Em”.


High School

#2 La junta Tigers (0-0) @ Pagosa Springs Pirates (0-1)

  • Pagosa Springs High School (Pagosa Springs, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): La Junta leads 2-0
  • Last Game: August 31, 2018 @ La Junta (La Junta 24-14)
  • Last Week: La Junta-Bye, Pagosa Springs- lost to 3A #10 Durango
  • Prediction: The Tigers are the defending State Champion, of course they win tonight. 42-7 Tigers

Crowley County Chargers (1-0) @ Rye Thunderbolts (1-0)

  • Rye High School (Rye, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Rye leads 7-6
  • Last Game: August 31, 2018 @ Crowley County (Crowley County 48-0)
  • Last Week: Crowley County- def. 2A Ridge View Academy, Rye- def. Ellicott
  • Prediction: It’s as simple as this…Chargers even the series at 7. Crowley wins 28-20

Swink Lions (0-1) @ Wiley Panthers (0-0)

  • Wiley High School (Wiley, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Swink leads 6-1
  • Last Game: August 31, 2018 @ Swink (Swink 24-0)
  • Last Week: Swink- lost to #8 Fowler, Wiley- Bye
  • Prediction: Swink has dominated the series this far, nothing changes here, Lions get back to .500 tonight. Swink 30-8

#10 Sargent Farmers (0-0)@ #4 Fowler Grizzlies (1-0)

  • Vibber Field (Fowler, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Tied 2-2
  • Last Game: August 31, 2018 @ Sargent (Fowler by Forfeit)
  • Last Week: Sargent- Bye, Fowler- def. Swink
  • Prediction: It’s going to be the game of the night for Arkansas Valley teams. A top-ten matchup in Fowler. Go out and see it if you’re free. Oh yeah, a prediction. It’s Fowler on top at the end of the night. Fowler 35-30

Custer County Bobcats @ Las Animas Trojans (0-0)

  • Jack LaSalle Field (Las Animas, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Custer County leads 10-1
  • Last Game: August 31, 2018 @ Custer County (Custer County 38-14)
  • Last Week: Custer County- def. Elbert, Las Animas- Bye
  • Prediction: The Trojans have struggled the past couple of years. With a new coach I think they begin to turn things around, Trojans start the year on the right foot. Las Animas 35-20

Manzanola Bobcats (0-1) @ #10 eads Eagles (1-0)

  • Eads High School (Eads, CO) *Friday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Eads leads 2-1
  • Last Game: August 31, 2018 @ Manzanola (Manzanola 35-30)
  • Last Week: Manzanola- lost to Granada, Eads- def. Genoa-Hugo
  • Prediction: Eads is ranked, Manzanola won last year. This one is tough. I’m going to have to take the Eagles at home. Eads 60-45

Edison Eagles (0-1) @ Cheraw Wolverines (1-0)

  • Cheraw High School (Cheraw, CO) *Saturday 7pm*
  • Series (Since 2004): Edison leads 4-2
  • Last Game: October 6, 2018 @ Cheraw (Edison 20-6)
  • Last Week: Edison- lost to Cotopaxi, Cheraw- def. Mountain Valley
  • Prediction: I think Cheraw is poised to have a good year this go around. Wolverines win at home. Cheraw 50-28

 NCAA

#25 Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0) @ Colorado Buffaloes (0-0)

  • Folsom Field (Boulder, CO) *Saturday 1:30pm*
  • Series: Nebraska leads 49-19-2
  • Last Game: September 8, 2018 @ Nebraska (Colorado 33-28)
  • Last Week: Nebraska- def. South Alabama, Colorado- def. Colorado State
  • Prediction: This is only the second game between these two rivals since 2010. Nebraska evens the “new” rivalry with the Buffs. Nebraska 35-21

WEstern Illinois Leathernecks (0-1) @ Colorado State Rams (0-1)

  • Canvas Stadium (Fort Collins, CO) *Saturday 2pm*
  • Series: First Meeting
  • Last Week: Western Illinois- lost to North Alabama, Colorado State- lost to Colorado
  • Prediction: This one is easy. First meeting = first victory of the series for the Rams. Colorado State 52-10

#7 CSU-Pueblo ThUnderwolves (0-0) @ Dixie State Trailblazers (0-0)

  • Trailblazer Stadium (St. George, UT) *Saturday 7pm*
  • Series: CSU-Pueblo leads 3-0
  • Last Game: September 1, 2018 @ CSU-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo 56-14)
  • Prediction: I’d probably go crazy is I didn’t choose the Pack. CSU-Pueblo 56-17

NFL:

Denver Broncos (0-0) @ Oakland Raiders (0-0)

  • Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, CA) *Monday 8:20pm*
  • Series: Oakland leads 64-53-2
  • Last Game: December 24, 2018 @ Oakland (Oakland 24-17)
  • Prediction: The Vic Fangio era begins in Denver, we’ll technically Oakland. It’s going to start on the right side of things too, Broncos win in prime time. Denver 35-10.