After six years, the Grand Junction High School football team's playoff drought is over.
Entering the season, fourth-year head coach Mike Sirko was more excited about his team's potential than at any point in his tenure, and his Tigers have fulfilled some of that potential, landing inside the Class 4A postseason field, their first playoff appearance since 2013.
Grand Junction (5-5), the No. 15 seed in the 16-team field, will travel to undefeated No. 2 Broomfield in the first round. The date and time haven't been officially set.
Two more local schools made the 4A field: No. 4 Montrose (9-1) and No. 11 Fruita Monument (6-4). The Indians will host No. 13 Brighton (6-4) on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Wildcats will travel to No. 6 Dakota Ridge (8-2) in a game currently without an official date and time.
Following a 2-3 start, Palisade (7-3) won its final five games of the season to earn the No. 10 seed in the 3A playoffs. The Bulldogs will open with a familiar opponent in a familiar setting.
Palisade will travel to No. 7 Durango (7-3) in a rematch of the season opener for both. Palisade won 25-18 on a late touchdown by back-up quarterback Gabe Harrison after Cam Tucker left the game with an injury that would linger throughout non-conference play.
The game is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m.