Local football teams get glimpse of playoff position with wildcard points

Grand Junction and Fruita Monument would each make the Class 5A state football playoffs if they started this weekend.

The Colorado High School Activities Association released the first wildcard points standings Tuesday that determine seeds for the playoffs. The standings will be released each week until the end of the regular season, when CHSAA will announce the official playoff pairings.

If the state playoffs were to begin this weekend, Grand Junction (6-0) would be the No. 2 seed. Ralston Valley (6-0) is atop the Class 5A wildcard standings.

Fruita Monument (3-3) would get the final playoff spot.

Central (1-5) would get a home game in a non-playoff qualifier contest. The 5A playoffs begin the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

Palisade (5-1) would get the No. 8 seed in the Class 3A playoffs and would host the No. 9 team. This week, that’s Battle Mountain, but if it remains that way, the CHSAA football committee would re-seed the teams so the conference opponents wouldn’t play each other in the first round.

Rifle (6-0) is fifth in the wildcard points. The seven conference champions get a top-eight seed and host a first-round playoff game the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

Montrose (6-0) is eighth in the Class 4A wildcard points standings. The 4A playoffs begin Nov. 11-12.

In Class 2A, Aspen is third in the wildcard points. Each of the six conference champions will host a first-round playoff game the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

Coal Ridge is 18th and Olathe 24th in the wildcard points and are currently out of the playoff picture in 2A, which has a 16-team field.


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