Class 4A, 1A state football playoff capsules

CLASS 4A

No. 10 Mesa Ridge (7-3) at No. 7 Montrose (7-3)

First Round

7 p.m. Friday at Montrose High School

The coaches

Mesa Ridge: Rob Braaten. Montrose: Todd Casebier

About the Mesa Ridge Grizzlies

■ Losses have been to state qualifiers Denver South (42-34), Pueblo West (44-20) and league rival Widefield (27-26).

■ RB Tremell Stanley has 163 carries for 952 yards and 12 TDs.

■ QB Cody Grof has completed 82 of 154 passes for 1,354 yards, including 23 TDs and eight interceptions.

About the Montrose Indians

■ Drew Casebier has completed 43 of 78 passes for five TDs and two interceptions.

■ RB Angelo Youngren has rushed for 1,498 yards on 190 carries with 18 TDs.

■ The Southwestern Conference champion swept its conference opponents, including Class 5A’s Grand Junction and Fruita Monument.

Coach Casebier says

On Mesa Ridge: “I know they’ve got great team speed, and they’re very athletic. And we watched them on tape, so it will be a tough game. We’re at home, which we’re happy about. It really wouldn’t matter who we’re playing, you’ve got to take care of the football, control the line of scrimmage and keep them from making big plays.”

 

CLASS 1A

Quarterfinal

No. 2 Limon (10-0) at No. 10 Hotchkiss (8-2)

1 p.m. Saturday at Hotchkiss High School

 

The coaches

Limon: Mike O’Dwyer. Hotchkiss: Zac Lemon.

Last week

■ Limon defeated Rye 41-0 as QB Gavin Liggett completed six of 10 passes for 129 yards and three TDs and rushed for 99 yards.

■ Hotchkiss defeated Wiggins 48-7. Jacobe Galley led the way with 167 yards rushing and two TDs, and Trenton Tamayo rushed for 74 yards and three TDs.

About the Limon Badgers

■ Rich in history, they hold a few all-time state records — most unbeaten seasons with 12; consecutive games without a loss with 50; consecutive unbeaten seasons with three (which they did on three occasions).

■ They have outscored opponents by an average of 45-8.

■ Junior QB Gavin Liggett has passed for 1,201 yards with 19 TDs and four interceptions and has rushed for 743 yards and 10 TDs.

■ RB Chandler Dohe has 126 carries for 1,242 yards and 18 TDs.

■ WR Landon Stang has caught 20 passes for 472 yards and nine TDs.

About the Hotchkiss Bulldogs

■ They have a five-game win streak after defeating Wiggins last week.

■ They average 310 rushing yards per game, led by RB Jacobe Galley’s average of 188 yards. Galley also averages 6.5 tackles.

■ Senior lineman Conner Beard has five sacks, 6.2 tackles per game and three fumble recoveries. Beard also has caught 16 passes for 400 yards and seven TDs, his longest going 96 yards.

■ Senior QB Josh Hardin has completed 46 of 106 passes for 684 yards, 10 TDs and four interceptions.

Coach Lemon says:

On Limon, whom Hotchkiss lost to on the road, 35-28, three years ago in the state quarterfinals: “It is exciting. We played them three years ago, had a chance of beating them, and so we’re using that as motivation again.”

Coach O’Dwyer says:

Comparing this season’s team to some of the Badgers’ dynasty teams: “We’re probably not as deep as some of those teams we had in the mid-2000s. Like a lot of small farming and ranching communities on the eastern plains, our school is getting smaller. Our numbers are down from what they used to be. We’ll suit up about 32 kids.”

 

Class 1A

Quarterfinal

No. 6 Monte Vista (9-1) at No. 3 Cedaredge (9-1)

1 p.m. Saturday at Cedaredge High School

 

The coaches

Monte Vista: Greg Jones. Cedaredge: Brandon Milholland

Last week

■ Monte Vista defeated Crowley County 50-7. The Pirates rushed for 444 yards, led by Shadron Wenta (133) and Hansel Garcia (108) and Michael Sanchez (101).

■ Cedaredge defeated Centauri 55-14. Bruins QB Dante Markley threw three of his four passes in the second half.

About the Monte Vista Pirates

■ Their only loss this season was a 48-20 setback to Hotchkiss; Cedaredge defeated Hotchkiss, 21-20.

■ RB Shadron Wenta has 1,221 yards and 16 TDs on 163 carries.

■ They won the Southern Peaks Conference, having defeated second-place Centauri 21-6.

About the Cedaredge Bruins

■ Making their first state quarterfinals appearance since 1993.

■ Senior QB Dante Markley has 1,050 yards passing and 12 TDs to three interceptions as well as 478 yards rushing and 10 TDs

■ Senior twins Carter and Cade Wasser have combined for 618 yards receiving and 1,032 yards rushing.

■ RB Reid Gates has 82 carries for 622 yards and five TDs and is averaging 35.6 yards on kickoff returns and 24.6 yards on punt returns.

Coach Jones says

About Cedaredge: “I’ve just seen what I’ve seen in film. ... I think they’re a pretty physical team, and from what I’ve heard they run that spread-style offense and they run just as effectively as they pass, and that will wear you down. We can’t allow big plays.”

Coach Milholland says

On getting hyped up during playoffs: “I get nervous and get to thinking too much. And I mean, it’s football season — I love this stuff. You’re thinking about it all the time, and it’s just: What can you do to make sure these kids have every opportunity to be successful?”

­— Nick Walter

Coming Friday: A look at the Class 3A state playoffs


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