Colorado High School Coaches Association/MaxPreps Fab Five football rankings, Week 6
About the CHSCA/MaxPreps polls: Head coaches are invited to vote on the top teams in their classification. Five points are awarded for a first-place vote, four for a second-place vote, etc., to determine the total points. *Received first-place votes.
5. Fort Collins
Others receiving votes: Fairview, Columbine, Arvada West, Ponderosa, ThunderRidge.
1. *Greeley West
2. Pine Creek
4. Wheat Ridge
Others receiving votes: Fountain-Fort Carson, Pueblo West, Lewis-Palmer, Loveland, Durango, Ralston Valley, Longmont.
1. *Steamboat Springs
2. *Mountain View
3. Pueblo County
4. Pueblo Central
5. Valor Christian
Others receiving votes: Canon City, D'Evelyn, Conifer, Windsor, Falcon, Silver Creek, Palisade.
1. *Faith Christian
3. Platte Canyon
5. Pagosa Springs
Others receiving votes: Holy Family, Platte Valley, Kent Denver, Erie, Aspen, Strasburg.
Others receiving votes: Hotchkiss, Wray, Lyons, Meeker, Byers.
Class A 8-Man
2. Dayspring Christian
4. Cheyenne Wells
Others receiving votes: Caliche, Norwood, Swink, Stratton, Dove Creek, Elbert, La Veta, Sanford.
Class A 6-Man
Others receiving votes: Fleming, South Baca.
On the schedule
Want to catch a game this week? Here are a few that are worth the drive:
Another week, another huge game in the Class 5A Big 8 League between undefeated teams. Third-ranked Chatfield (5-0) has done its best work this season on Thursday nights, and the Chargers get another opportunity to take out a highly ranked team. After beating Bear Creek and Columbine on previous Thursdays at Jefferson County Stadium, this time it's fourth-ranked Pomona at the North Area Athletic Complex.
Chatfield mostly has relied on its supreme speed to make big plays en route to averaging 33.8 points an outing, but the Chargers also have proven capable of slugging it out with physical teams. The latter describes the Panthers (5-0), who have allowed only 58 points. Pomona survived a close one against Regis Jesuit last week to set up this powerhouse matchup.
The schedule this day couldn't be much better, across all classifications.
Starting with the big boys is a top-shelf contest in Douglas County that figures to determine the frontrunner in the Class 5A Southern League. Ponderosa knocked ThunderRidge from the unbeaten ranks last week and now looks to do the same to third-ranked Chaparral. The north part of the metro area will be rocking, too, when undefeated Fairview and Legacy meet in a key Front Range League encounter. Fairview and No. 5 Fort Collins are perfect through five games, while Legacy trails each by a game in the standings.
Class 4A features two big-time rivalries down south as Liberty (4-1) will be at Lewis-Palmer (5-0) and No. 2 Pine Creek at Pueblo West. In addition, third-ranked Monarch reprises its annual grudge match with Ralston Valley in the North Metro League.
Third-ranked Pueblo County at unbeaten Canon City is the highlight in Class 3A this week, while 2A features No. 4 Florence at Colorado Springs Christian, Grand Valley (4-1) at Aspen (4-1) and unbeaten Strasburg at Platte Valley.
The small-school ranks represent big-time this night. Take your pick from among Dayspring Christian at Caliche, Elbert at Cheyenne Wells and Dove Creek at Soroco in Class A 8-Man, while 6-Man features a 2008 title-game rematch, as second-ranked and defending champion Hi-Plains will be at No. 3 Idalia. Both teams are undefeated.
The schedule this day doesn't feature a lot of quality matchups, but one to watch in the Class 3A Metro League is Elizabeth at Ridgeview Academy. Both teams trail league leader Valor Christian by only a game, and the host Rams have won three in a row.
Of note, the Colorado High School Activities Association will begin updating its wild-card points, which are used for playoff seedings, after this week of competition in Class 5A. Wild-card points for 4A, 3A and 2A will start after Week 7 . . . Also, in case you missed it, Class 5A defending champion Mullen is ranked No. 32 nationally by MaxPreps . . . Three-time defending Class A champion Akron now has won 44 consecutive games. A victory this week against Highland would tie the Rams for the third-longest streak in state history with Longmont. The record is 50 in a row (Limon), while Stratton is second with 48.
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