No. 2 seed Demons host Englewood; Titans travel for football playoffs
Saturday football is something Glenwood Springs has grown accustomed to in recent seasons. And the Demons hope to play a lot of it 2010.
Glenwood, which owns a 9-1 record and is making its fourth consecutive postseason showing, drew Class 3A’s No. 2 seed and will host No. 15 Englewood (8-2) in the first round on Saturday. The Demons, who won the 3A state title in 2008, have a 5-2 record over the course of the last three playoff trips.
Last season, the Demons defeated Elizabeth in the first round before losing to eventual state champion Valor Christian in the state quarterfinals. Valor Christian is now playing at the 4A level.
Englewood finished behind only top-seeded Elizabeth (10-0) and No. 12 Evergreen (8-2) in the Metro South League. Elizabeth and Evergreen are responsible for Englewood’s only two losses.
Glenwood won the Western Slope League and its only loss came in a non-league meeting with Montrose back in Week 2. The Demons were missing starting quarterback Luke Jacob in that one.
Saturday’s winner will face either No. 10 Lewis-Palmer (8-2) or No. 7 Centaurus (8-2) in the second round.
The Colorado High School Activities Association released the 3A bracket late Sunday morning.
Glenwood is one of just two Western Slope schools to make the 3A playoffs. Palisade (9-1) nabbed the fourth seed and will host No. 13 Silver Creek (7-3) in the first round.
It’s official. Coal Ridge is in the playoffs for the first time in the school’s five-year varsity history.
The Titans, who went 7-3, drew the 15th seed and will travel to face No. 2 Kent Denver (8-2) in the opening round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Saturday.
Kent Denver, last year’s state runner-up, won the Colorado League. Coal Ridge finished fourth in the Western Slope League, which features four teams in the 16-team 2A bracket – the Titans, No. 4 Olathe (8-2), No. 7 Aspen (8-2) and No. 12 Basalt (7-3).
Kent Denver lost to Faith Christian, 21-0, in last year’s state title game.
Saturday’s Coal Ridge-Kent Denver winner faces either No. 7 Aspen (8-2) or No. 10 Platte Valley (7-2) in the second round.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.