Cards to face Burlington in first round |

Cards to face Burlington in first round

Grand Valley learned its first-round opponent for the Class 1A state football playoffs on Sunday.The undefeated Cardinals, 9-0 and seeded third in the 16-team chase for a state title, will open the playoffs at home against Burlington (6-3) on Saturday. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.Grand Valley, the 1A Western Slope League champion, is in the playoffs for a second straight year after last season ending a six-year postseason drought.Other 1A WSL schools in the playoff bracket include fifth-seeded Hayden, who’ll open up against Sanford, and 16th-seeded Meeker, which drew No. 1 Akron in the first round. Grand Valley and Akron are the only undefeated teams in the bracket.Cardinals coach Mike Johnson know 14th-seeded Burlington won’t be a pushover. In fact, he was shocked his team drew such a tough first-round opponent.”Going into last week, we were ranked third and they were ranked fifth,” he noted. But Johnson and the Cardinals will be fired up and especially hungry considering their first-round exit from last year’s playoffs.”I think we’re geared up for it,” he said. “Our kids are excited. We did what we wanted to do in the regular season, and we’re excited for this point of the season. We’re in the mindset of bring on all comers. One of our kids said, ‘We’ll be the 16th seed. It doesn’t matter.’ So, mentally, we’re ready to go.”

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