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CHSAA state football playoffs: How the first round played out in Class 5A and 4A

CHSAA state football playoffs: How the first round played
out in Class 5A and 4A 1

Class 5A

No. 16 Fort Collins beat No. 17 Chaparral, 34-20. After going down 6-0 in the first quarter, the Lambkins (9-2) responded with 24 straight points to take control of the game. The Wolverines (5-6) didn’t get within single digits the rest of the night. Next week: at No. 1 Valor Christian (10-0), Time TBD

No. 9 Columbine beat No. 24 Far Northeast, 56-0. QB Brock Zanetell found three different pass catchers for touchdowns, while Chris Archuletta and Wes Jones each returned interceptions for scores to give the Rebels (8-3) an insurmountable 35-0 halftime lead over the Warriors (5-6). Zanetell tacked on one more TD pass in the second half. Next week: at No. 8 Arvada West (8-2), Time TBD

No. 13 Mullen beat No. 20 Douglas County, 34-7. Kaleb Valdez-Lemos and Kyle Krebs both had two rushing TDs and Michael Brouillette broke things open with a 78-yard kick return to start the second half as the Mustangs (4-7) claimed their first playoff win since 2016. A.J. Jackson’s touchdown run tied things at 7-all with 8:45 left in the second quarter, but the Huskies (6-5) did not score again. Next week: at No. 4 Grandview (8-2), Time TBD

No. 12 Cherokee Trail beat No. 21 Fossil Ridge, 41-29. QB Logan Brooke had three touchdown passes in the first half, including a pair to Jack Pierce, as the Cougars (7-4) took a 20-0 lead into halftime. Brooke found Pierce for another scoring pass in the third quarter and the Cougars held on against Fossil Ridge (5-6) away. Next week: at No. 5 Ralston Valley (8-2), Time TBD

No. 18 Mountain Vista (4-6) at No. 15 Legacy (6-4), 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at No. 2 Cherry Creek (8-2), Time TBD

No. 10 Pomona beat No. 23 Castle View, 14-7. The Panthers (7-4) overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit to advance, as Dominick Nichols gave Pomona the lead for good with a 38-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes to go. Nathan Schmidt connected with Ace Malone for an 80-yard touchdown pass that was the lone Castle View (6-5) TD. Next week: at No. 7 Regis Jesuit (7-3), Time TBD

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No. 19 Rock Canyon beat No. 14 Smoky Hill, 52-49. Croix Burney and Deandre Horn scored two touchdowns apiece in the second half and Breck Saener drilled a field goal with seconds remaining as the Jaguars (5-6) survived career nights from QB Tyliq Bowers (6 TD passes) and WR Anthony Harris Jr.’s (4 TD receptions) for the Buffaloes (5-6) to advance. Next week: at No. 3 Legend (9-1), Time TBD

No. 11 ThunderRidge beat No. 22 Fairview, 2-0 (forfeit). COVID-19 complications forced Fairview (6-4) to forfeit its first-round matchup against the Grizzlies (9-2). reported that four Fairview players tested positive and 17 were required to quarantine due to contract tracing. Next week: at No. 6 Arapahoe (8-2), Time TBD

Class 4A

No. 17 Denver South beat No. 16 Mesa Ridge, 24-21. The Ravens (9-2) took a 24-14 lead, then held off a late Grizzlies (5-6) rally to advance to the Round of 16. Next week: at No. 1 Montrose (10-0), Time TBD

No. 9 Golden beat No. 24 Cheyenne Mountain, 47-6. QB Jazel Riley IV continued his torrid campaign in his postseason debut for the Demons (9-2), throwing four TD passes and running for another score in a commanding win over the Red-Tailed Hawks (8-3). Next week: at No. 8 Fountain-Fort Carson (9-1), 7 p.m. Nov. 12

No. 20 Vista PEAK Prep (7-3) at No. 13 Pueblo West (6-4), 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at No. 4 Palmer Ridge (9-1), Time TBD

No. 12 Fruita Monument beat No. 21 Brighton, 63-26. Wyatt Sharpe ran in three touchdowns to help power the Wildcats (8-3) a 42-14 lead through three quarters. Corben Rowell added one passing and rushing TD apiece in Fruita Monument’s win over Bulldogs (5-6). Next week: at No. 5 Erie (10-0), Time TBD

No. 15 Longmont beat No. 18 Broomfield, 25-22. The Trojans (7-4) scored 13 straight to begin the second half and held off an Eagles (5-6) rally to advance. Next week: at No. 2 Dakota Ridge (10-0), Time TBD

No. 10 Ponderosa beat No. 23 Aurora Central, 29-14. Andrew Heidel tossed three touchdown passes in the first half and Dawson Hadwiger put things away for good in the second with a pick-six for the Mustangs (7-4) to end a resurgent season for the Trojans (8-3). Next week: at No. 7 Chatfield (7-3), Time TBD

No. 19 Windsor (4-6) at No. 14 Bear Creek (7-3), 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week: at No. 3 Pine Creek (8-2), Time TBD

No. 11 Vista Ridge beat No. 22 Skyline, 43-14. QB Brayden Dorman threw four touchdown passes — two apiece to Keyshawn Dooley and Brandon Hillis — and ran one in from 10 yards out as the Wolves (7-3) went up 36-0 and never looked back in a win over the Falcons (6-5). Next week: at No. 6 Loveland (9-1), Time TBD

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