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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There’s only a day to go until Saturday’s Class 3A state championship football game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Kickoff for the matchup between 13-0 Glenwood Springs and 13-0 Fort Morgan is slated for 2:30 p.m.

The weather should be nice. lists the day’s high at 47 degrees and its low at 35. The forecast calls for a partly sunny and breezy day.

How do you get there? Well, Legacy Stadium is Cherokee Trail High School’s home field and there are a couple of ways to get there.

The toll way: Take Interstate 70 east to Denver until the Colorado 470 East exit (exit 260). Remain on 470 (portions of which fetch a toll) and then take the Smoky Hill Road exit (exit 10). Turn right onto East Smoky Hill Road and continue on until you hit Legacy Stadium, which is adjacent to Cherokee Trail High School.

The free way: To avoid the 470 toll portion, the stadium is accessible by taking 470 to Interstate 25 North, then take the Arapahoe Road exit, then go east all the way to the high school. This direction will take you into neighborhoods, but keep going.

Rocky Whitworth is no stranger to a state championship game. He won one as head coach of Roaring Fork back in 1977.

From there, his career has snaked throughout Colorado at the prep and collegiate levels.

Second-year Fort Morgan head coach Harrison Chisum is relatively new to head coaching, but that hasn’t kept him from big-time success. Since he took over the program, the Mustangs are 23-2, a ledger that includes a 4-1 playoff record.

“You know, I haven’t done anything really spectacular,” Chisum said. “The kids have just gotten older and bought into what we’re doing. It’s a very close group.”

Fort Morgan faced a Western Slope League team in last year’s state playoffs, too. Palisade dealt the Mustangs a 38-28 defeat in the second round.

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