Bulldogs to open 3A playoffs at Evergreen
Palisade High School’s football team knew it was going to be on the road for its Class 3A first-round playoff game.
The Bulldogs, though, got a good draw.
Palisade (8-2) received the No. 10 seed and opens the Class 3A state playoffs at No. 7 seed Evergreen (9-1). Game times and dates for all playoff games will be finalized today.
“I’m glad we’re in the playoffs,” Palisade coach John Arledge said. “Evergreen is a great matchup. They’ve done things right. Playing Battle Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and D’Evelyn has prepared us for the playoffs.”
The Cougars finished 13th in the CHSAA wildcard points, but won the Metro South Conference title. The seven conference champions are guaranteed first-round home playoff games.
Evergreen is a run-oriented team, much like the Bulldogs. The teams share a similar opponent in Moffat County. Evergreen defeated Moffat County 17-7, Palisade defeated Moffat County 38-20.
“I like our chances,” Arledge said. “It will come down to how much we can control the ball on offense.”
Western Slope Conference champion Rifle (10-0) received the No. 4 seed and hosts No. 13 Roosevelt (8-2) in the first round. The Roughriders finished third in the Northern Conference behind Silver Creek and Mountain View.
Battle Mountain (9-1) received the No. 9 seed despite finishing eighth in the wildcard points, and plays at No. 8 seed D’Evelyn (8-2).
The Jaguars received the No. 8 seed because they finished the highest in the wildcard points of the playoff-qualifying teams that did not win their conference.
D’Evelyn finished second to Kennedy in the Metro North Conference.
Cañon City (10-0) is the No. 1 seed and Kennedy (10-0) is the No. 2 seed.
Montrose (9-1) received the No. 6 seed in the Class 4A state playoffs and hosts No. 11 seed Greeley West (7-3).
“Greeley West and Wheat Ridge have been the premier programs (in 4A) the past four or five years,” Casebier said. “Greeley West always has good teams.
“We’ve been good about taking care of the football. We have to continue to do that and our defense will have to be solid.”
The Spartans’ offense is coached by former University of Northern Colorado coach Kay Dalton.
“We could’ve had an easier first-round game, but when you get to this point everyone is good,” Casebier said.
Valor Christian (10-0) is the No. 1 seed, Monarch is No. 2 and Pine Creek is No. 3.
Olathe (7-3) finished ninth in the wildcard points, but received the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 seed The Academy (8-2) in the first round.
The Academy was 10th in the wildcard points and took second place in the Flatirons Conference to Faith Christian.
Bennett (8-2) was bumped from seventh in the wildcard points to a No. 10 seed.
Aspen (7-3) received the No. 12 seed and plays at No. 5 Eaton (8-2).