Top-ranked Tigers hold steady in 5A football poll, wildcard standings
For the second consecutive week, the Grand Junction High School football team has held on to the Class 5A No. 1 ranking in both the Denver Post Media Poll and the all important CHSAA Wildcard Points Standings.
If the Tigers (8-0) can hold on for one more week, they will receive the No. 1 seed for the state playoffs. Grand Junction finishes Southwestern Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday at Durango.
Grand Junction is first in the media poll for the seventh consecutive week with nine first-place votes. Columbine (8-0) is second with three first-place votes, Grandview (7-1) is third with two and Mullen (7-1) is fourth with one first-place vote.
The Tigers are more than one point ahead of Columbine in the wildcard points that determine playoff teams and seeds.
Fruita Monument (4-4) moved up one spot to No. 31 in the wildcard points after its loss to Grand Junction. The Wildcats will likely need a victory at 7 p.m. Friday at Montrose to qualify for the Class 5A playoffs.
“We’ve been in playoff mode since the Central game (four weeks ago),” Fruita coach Sean Mulvey said. “We’ve been in a must-win situation. If we drop a game, we’re not in control of our own destiny.”
What’s worse is the Wildcats will have to play Montrose without quarterback Zach Thorpe, Mulvey said. The senior received a concussion in the loss to the Tigers.
The Indians (7-1) moved up two spots to No. 5 in the Denver Post Class 4A Media Poll after its victory over Central. Montrose is ranked seventh in wildcard points. The top eight teams will host a first-round playoff game in two weeks. Montrose finishes conference play next week against Durango. The Demons (4-4) are ranked 15th.
Valor Christian (8-0) remained No. 1 in both the Class 4A poll and wildcard points.
Palisade (7-1) stayed seventh in the Denver Post Class 3A poll and is ninth in the wildcard points, but could move up in both with a victory against Rifle (8-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Stocker Stadium.
Rifle is fifth in the media poll, sixth in wildcard points.
Battle Mountain (7-1) is eighth in the media poll, but is third in the wildcard points, thanks to its victory over Palisade earlier this season.
Canon City (8-0) is No. 1 in the Denver Post Class 3A poll, but Kennedy (8-0) is No. 1 in the wildcard points.
Aspen (6-2) fell out of the top 10 in the Class 2A media poll after its loss to Coal Ridge, but remained in the playoff picture at No. 7 in wildcard points. Olathe (5-3) moved up to 15th in wildcard points.
Brush is the top-ranked team in Class 2A and first in wildcard points.
Hotchkiss (8-0) is second in the Class 1A Denver Post Poll behind Burlington (8-0).