Palisade earns No. 2 seed in 3A playoffs
Four Class 3A Western Slope Conference football teams made the field of 16 teams in the 3A state playoffs, led by conference champ Palisade, which earned the No. 2 seed.
Meanwhile, Montrose was given the No. 1 seed in Class 4A as CHSAA released the playoff pairings Sunday for Classes 4A and 3A. Dates and times for the 4A and 3A games are to be determined.
Palisade will be joined in the postseason by conference rivals Rifle, Delta and Glenwood Springs. The Bulldogs are the lone member of the 3A WSC quartet that will play a home game.
■ Palisade (9-1) hosts No. 15 Lutheran High School (8-2) of Parker. Lutheran finished third in the 3A Metro West Conference, and its two losses were to conference rivals Evergreen and Conifer, which are seeded eighth and 10th, respectively, in the 3A playoffs.
The Bulldogs and Lions have one common opponent. Both routed Steamboat Springs. Palisade won 56-0, and Lutheran won 61-7.
■ Rifle (8-2) drew the 11th seed and travels to No. 6 Coronado (9-1), which was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state until losing its regular-season finale Saturday to Discovery Canyon (9-1), which received the top seed. There are no unbeaten teams in the 3A playoffs.
The Bears and Cougars have no common opponents.
Coronado, a Colorado Springs high school with the largest enrollment (1,331 this year) in the 3A field, was allowed to move down from Class 4A after posting three winless seasons and going 2-38 from 2008 to 2011.
■ Glenwood Springs (7-3) is seeded 12th and has won seven games in a row after an 0-3 start to the season against playoff teams Palisade, Rifle and Conifer. The Demons open the postseason at No. 5 Elizabeth (8-2), the champion of the 3A Metro East Conference.
One of Elizabeth’s losses is to third-seeded Roosevelt (7-2), and Elizabeth handed Discovery Canyon its lone loss, 44-21. Glenwood dealt Evergreen one of its two losses.
Elizabeth defeated Glenwood Springs 29-6 for the 3A state title in 2010.
■ Delta (7-3) received the 13th seed and a game at No. 4 Holy Family (8-1) of Broomfield. Holy Family’s loss was in Game 3 against defending 3A state champion Silver Creek (7-2), which is seeded ninth.
All of Delta’s losses were to playoff teams — Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Montrose — and the Panthers handed Palisade its lone loss.
The Panthers and Tigers have no common opponents.
■ Montrose hosts 4A’s 16th seed, Montbello (7-3), which dropped three 4A Mountain Conference games in a row before bouncing back to win its final two games of the regular-season. The Warriors’ losses were to fellow 4A playoff teams: No. 2 Monarch, No. 10 Broomfield and No. 11 Standley Lake.
Montrose’s lone loss was 36-33 to Southwestern Conference champion Grand Junction, which won its first-round game in the Class 5A playoffs Friday.
■ The date and time for Grand Junction’s second-round playoff has been set. The No. 10 Tigers play No. 7 Columbine at 7 p.m. Friday at Jefferson County Stadium.