Moffat Co. to represent league in state football
The Aspen Times
The Western Slope North League will send one lone team into the Class 2A state football playoffs next weekend.
Moffat County of Craig, a school that moved down to 2A from 3A this year because of declining enrollment, was the No. 16 and final team seeded in the 16-team 2A state playoff bracket.
The Colorado High School Activities Association announced the 2A lineup after regular-season play was concluded over the weekend.
Moffat County finished as the top 2A team in the Western Slope North League, earning the conference’s automatic bid into the postseason.
Battle Mountain won the conference title as a 3A school.
The Moffat County Bulldogs (4-5) will play at No. 1 Brush (9-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.
Moffat County is the only team with a losing record in the 2A field. But the Bulldogs prevailed among the 2A teams in the Western Slope North League with a 3-2 conference mark.
Moffat County lost 34-14 at Aspen two weeks ago. But the Bulldogs clinched the playoff spot with a big 58-30 win at Roaring Fork last Friday night.
Aspen (4-5 overall, 2-3 in conference) missed the 2A state football playoffs for the first time in eight years.
A final-game 28-22 loss at Basalt (3-6, 2-3 in conference) sealed the postseason fate for the Skiers.
Kent Denver (9-0) was seeded No. 2.
No. 15 La Junta (5-4) will play at Kent Denver in Englewood on Saturday afternoon.
Kent won the state championship in 2012.
The No. 3 overall seed, Strasburg (9-0), is the other unbeaten in the field.
Strasburg will host Florence (5-4) in the first round.
Florence is another school that moved from 3A to 2A in recent years. Florence won the 2A state title in 2011.
Lamar (8-1) is seeded No. 4. Lamar will host No. 13 Eaton (6-3) on Saturday.
Gunnison (8-1) is the No. 5 seed this year as the winner of the Western Slope South League.
The Cowboys will host No. 12 Sterling (5-4) on Saturday. Sterling is another 3A school playing down at 2A in recent years.
Platte Valley of Kersey (6-3), the defending 2A state football champion, is the No. 6 seed in 2014.
No. 11 Bennett (6-3) will visit Platte Valley on Saturday.
The No. 7 overall seed, Montezuma-Cortez (7-2), is yet another 3A school playing down in 2A because of past competitive issues at 3A and 4A. Cortez will host St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs (7-2) on Saturday. Cortez opened the season with a 33-0 win over visiting Aspen.
The remaining two seeds are No. 8 Faith Christian (7-2) and No. 9 Bayfield (5-4). They will play Saturday at Faith Christian High School in Arvada.
Faith Christian won the state championship in 2009, opening the playoffs with a home victory over the Bayfield Wolverines.
The Faith Christian-Bayfield winner will take on the Brush-Moffat County winner in the state quarterfinals Nov. 8.
Another team on the Aspen and Basalt schedules has qualified for the Class 1A state playoffs — Cedaredge.
The Bruins were seeded No. 13 in the 2A field with a 6-3 record. Cedaredge edged Aspen 14-12; the Bruins beat Basalt 17-10.
Cedaredge will travel to No. 4 Resurrection Christian (8-1) in Loveland for Saturday’s first round.
Defending state champion Paonia (9-0) is the top seed in 1A again this season. Paonia will host No. 16 Wiggins (6-3) in Saturday’s first round.
The No. 2 overall seed in 1A is Buena Vista (9-0).
Buena Vista will host No. 15 seed Hotchkiss (4-5), coached by former Aspen coach Mike Sirko.
Meeker (8-1) is the No. 3 seed in Class 1A. The Cowboys’ only loss came against Paonia 22-16.
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