EP. 3

Quarterfinal Previews With Blake Olson

Tim Jenkins, Justin Holland, and Joe Hansley were joined by this weeks guest Blake Olson to break down all of the 5A, 4A, and 3A quarterfinal games.

Blake Olson has been a sportscaster for the last 30 years. He has covered the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and Denver Nuggets. Blake has always had a passion for high school football and now his company live streams high school football games. We were excited to have Blake join us to break down the Quarterfinal matchups and address why some teams have a home game this week that probably shouldn’t.

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In This Episode, We Discuss:

Class 5A Quarterfinal Game Previews

#1 Valor Christian (11-0) VS #8 Grandview (9-2): Both teams enter this game after commanding round 1 victories. Grandview running back Jordan Billingsley ran for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns on 26 carries in their round 1 42-0 victory over Lakewood. Meanwhile, For Valor Christian QB Blake Stenstrom led the Eagles to a 35-7 victory over Chaparral completing 55 percent of his passes and throwing for a touchdown.  Listen to the full breakdown below:

#4 Pomona (9-2) VS #5 Fairview (10-1): Quarterback Ryan Marquez and Running back Max Borghi lead Pomona on offense. Ryan threw for 3 touchdowns last week while Max ran for 4 touchdowns in their 68-27 thumping of Poudre. Fairview Running Back Mariano Kemp ran wild going for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns in their 55-21 win over Arvada West. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#3 Columbine (10-1) VS #6 Regis Jesuit (10-1): Columbine enters this game absolutely rolling as Quarterback Logan Dearment went for 73 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns while adding 52 yards through the air in limited action in their 45-14 route of Highlands Ranch. Regis on the other hand really had its hands full in round one sneaking by with a 17-10 win over Mullen. Running Back Kiahn Martinez for Regis ran back a kickoff which proved to be the game-winner. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#2 Eaglecrest (11-0) VS #7 Cherry Creek (9-2): Cherry Creek enters this game led by Quarterback Alex Padilla, Padilla threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns and added another touchdown on the ground in their round 1 victory over Ralston Valley. Meanwhile, Eaglecrest comes into this game a perfect 11-0 and leaning heavy on Quarterback Jalen Mergerson. Listen to the full breakdown below:

Class 4A Quarterfinal Game Previews

#1 Pine Creek (10-1) VS #8 Rampart (9-2): Pine Creek comes into this game with a lot of momentum after a big 34-0 victory over Golden in round 1. Running Back David Moore the 3rd DM3 had yet another huge game going for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rampart has what appears to be a three-headed rushing attack with Keion Cross, Jared Behm, and Jackson Beale. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#4 Pueblo West (10-1) VS #5 Chatfield (10-1): This is a matchup of two strong rushing attacks. Pueblo West comes into this game leaning on Senior Running Back Pierre Taylor who has 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. Chatfield Back Ben Frenette has 1,329 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#14 Vista Ridge (7-4) VS #6 Pueblo South (10-1): Vista Ridge comes into this game after pulling a huge upset last week. Led by Quarterback Rowan Flip Neal who accounted for 4 touchdowns last week they appear to be clicking on all cylinders. Pueblo South enters this game as the favorite led by Quarterback Zach Cozzolino who had 286 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes in a round 1 win over Montrose. Senior Running Back Steve Brock added 211 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns on the ground for the Colts as well. Listen to the full breakdown below:

 #15 Broomfield (7-4) VS #7 Loveland (11-0): #15 Broomfield knocked off #2 Windsor last week, Broomfield is led by Junior QB Steven Croell who threw for 2 touchdowns in their big 31-0 round 1 victory. Zach Weinmaster again led Loveland to a big win while Loveland’s defense also came up huge with 3 interceptions in their round 1 win over Ponderosa. Listen to the full breakdown below:

Class 3A Quarterfinal Game Previews

#1 Mead (11-0) VS #8 Longmont (8-3): Mead continues to roll as they come into this game a perfect 11-0 after a huge 59-16 round 1 win over Harrison. Running Back Nathan Mackey continued his assault on 3A football racking up 236 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns as well as 48 yards receiving and another touchdown. Longmont QB Oakley Dehning came up huge in their round 1 victory throwing for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#13 Durango (8-3) VS #5 Erie (9-2): Erie comes into this one after a thrilling 22-21 round 1 victory over Pueblo East. Junior Running Back Noah Roper ran for 207 yards and 1 touchdown on 33 carries for the Tigers. Durango enters this one after Freshman QB Jordan Woolverton had one of his best games of the season going for 150 yards through the air and 3 touchdown passes. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#3 Roosevelt (9-2) VS #6 Palisade (9-2): Palisade comes into this game with the ground game on fire, Austin Bernal, Cameron Tucker, and Terrance Williams all went over 100 yards in their round 1 victory. Roosevelt QB Trent Beall went for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air in their round 1 victory over Thomas Jefferson. Listen to the full breakdown below:

#10 Rifle (9-2) VS #2 Palmer Ridge (11-0): Palmer Ridge comes into this game rolling, the Bears routed Berthoud in their round 1 playoff win 48-13. Junior QB Ty Evans went for 428 yards through the air, 3 touchdowns, and ran another touchdown in. Sophomore running back Raef Ruel added 66 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Rifle comes into this round after a round 1 upset of Evergreen. They are led by Running Back Tanner Vines. Listen to the full breakdown below: