Football: Skiers to open playoffs at home
Aspen, CO Colorado
The Aspen football team is returning the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. The pursuit of a state title begins at home Saturday.
The Skiers (8-2) garnered the seventh seed in this year’s 2A state playoff field, announced Sunday. Aspen will host No. 10 Platte Valley (7-2), the 2007 state champions from the Patriot League. Game times tentatively will be released today.
Fellow 2A Western Slope squad Basalt (7-3), which closed out the regular season with impressive wins over Coal Ridge and Cedaredge, nabbed the 12th seed. The Longhorns will travel to Arvada on Saturday to take on No. 5 Faith Christian. The Eagles (8-2) outlasted Aspen in last year’s quarterfinals en route to winning the state title.
Slope winner Olathe, seeded fourth, will host No. 13 Bennett, while No. 15 Coal Ridge will take on No. 2 Kent Denver.
Aspen, which was ranked No. 1 in the state after winning its first seven games, struggled down the stretch, dropping consecutive road games to Coal Ridge and Olathe. The Skiers finished out the regular season on a high note, however, routing valley rival Roaring Fork, 48-0, in Friday’s regular-season finale.
Aspen was seeded ninth a season ago, when it outlasted No. 8 Pagosa Springs in the opening round.
In other action Friday, the Longhorns cruised past Cedaredge, 37-12, to lock up third place in the Slope and, more important, clinch their first playoff berth in 27 years, according to sources.
Basalt faces a stiff test against Faith Christian. The Eagles, champions of the Flatirons conference, rebounded from a 2-2 start with six straight wins – including a 56-12 victory over The Pinnacle in their regular-season finale Thursday.
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