Tigers draw No. 10 seed in Class 5A football playoffs

The Grand Junction High School football team can’t argue with the position it’s in.

Sunday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released the 2010 Class 5A state football playoff bracket, and the Tigers were given the No. 10 overall seed.

Grand Junction will host No. 23 Northglenn on Saturday.

“We were hoping to get into the top eight, but we really like our matchup,” Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said. “The guys are excited to play.”

The Tigers (8-1) wanted to make it into the top eight teams so they would get home games in the first two rounds, but realized they weren’t going to get enough playoff points from Friday night’s win against Durango.

“We knew going into that (Durango) game it could be a trap game for us,” Owens said. “But the guys were prepared, and even with the win, we knew we’d need some teams to lose to move up.”

Grand Junction is facing a Northglenn (6-3) team that went 6-1 in the East Metro Conference.

The Vikings lost their first two games to Mountain Range and Horizon, both teams that finished below .500 this year. Northglenn’s only conference loss was to undefeated Rangeview 61-22.

The Tigers are also eyeing a potential second-round game with Highlands Ranch. The Falcons gave Grand Junction its lone loss of the year Sept. 2 in a 17-10 game.

Fruita Monument (4-5) qualified for the field of 32 teams and was given the No. 25 seed. The Wildcats will play at No. 8 seed Chaparral (7-2)

The Wolverines’ only two losses came to the top two seeds in the playoffs in No. 1 Mullen and No. 2 Regis Jesuit.

Central didn’t qualify for the top 32. The Warriors were the No. 42 team in wild card points and travel to play in a non-qualifier game against No. 41 Thornton.

The 1A playoffs also were released Sunday, with Hotchkiss earning the No. 2 overall seed.

The Bulldogs finished the year 8-1 and 5-0 in the Western Slope Conference. Hotchkiss hosts No. 15 Lutheran Parker (6-3) on Saturday.

Other WSC teams to make the postseason were No. 9 Hayden, which plays No. 8 Monte Vista. No. 12 Paonia faces No. 5 Rye.

The volleyball regionals also were released on Sunday.

The 4A district tournaments narrowed the field from 48 teams to 16 teams. Palisade was given the No. 14 seed and plays Saturday in Region C at Skyline High School.

Skyline (21-2) is the third overall seed with No. 6 Eagle Valley (21-2) and No. 11 seed Pueblo West (15-8) filling out the regional.

“I was expecting to see Eagle Valley again,” Palisade coach Wendy MacAskill said. “It’s nice to know what we are up against, and there won’t be an unknown factor.”

This is the first time since 2006 that Palisade has been in the regional round.

In 2A regionals, Rangely and Paonia both are playing in the Region C district at Mancos High School.

The top two teams from regionals advance to the state tournament.


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