No surprise: Glenwood Springs snags 3A’s top football playoff seed
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Just two days after sending a statement to all of Class 3A with a 47-0 thumping of Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs landed the playoff seed everyone expected.
That’s right. The Demons are No. 1.
The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) dealt Glenwood the top seed in its 16-team state football playoffs field and, consequently, the 3A Western Slope League champion Demons open what they hope is a run at the state championship Saturday at home against wild-card qualifier Roosevelt.
Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. at Stubler Memorial Field.
For the second straight year, Glenwood enters the postseason 10-0. Last season’s unblemished mark didn’t hold up long in the second season as 15th-seeded Sterling upset the No. 2 Demons 28-27 in the first round of the playoffs.
But that’s in the past.
With a huge senior contingent led by quarterback Dakota Stonehouse itching for redemption, Glenwood just might have the talent to go the distance in 2008.
Roosevelt, which is located roughly 10 miles southeast of Loveland, landed a wild-card playoff spot after a 6-4 regular season that saw its team finish fourth in the Tri-Valley League. First-place Fort Morgan, the No. 2 seed in 3A, second-place Mountain View and third-place Berthoud, the defending state champion, finished above the Roughriders in the loaded circuit.
The Glenwood/Roosevelt winner would move on to play either No. 9 Berthoud or No. 8 Centaurus in the second round.
The 3A WSL landed three teams in the state bracket. Second-place Palisade drew the sixth seed and will face No. 11 D’Evelyn. Steamboat Springs nabbed the 13th seed and will open with No. 4 Pueblo County.
Grand Valley seeded 10th in 2A, headed to Brush for opener
After watching the Class 2A Western Slope League title slip through its hands with a season-ending loss to Olathe on Friday, Grand Valley will travel to Brush for its playoff opener on Saturday.
The Cardinals, in their first year of play at the 2A level, were issued the 10th seed in the 16-team bracket after an 8-2 regular season and second-place finish in their league. The No. 7 Beetdiggers share the same overall record and enter the postseason as the Patriot League champions.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Grand Valley will rack up more than 500 miles in getting to and from Brush, which is located near Fort Morgan in northeastern Colorado.
Local fans may have caught Brush in action when the team visited Rifle back on Sept. 12. In that game, the Beetdiggers upended the Bears 40-13 with 26 unanswered second-half points.
Aspen and Olathe joined Grand Valley as the 2A WSL’s playoff qualifiers. Olathe landed the third seed and opens against Buena Vista, while No. 12 Aspen will hit the road to play Florence.
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