This week coming up with a 4A and 5A Game of the Week is easy. There are two games on the slate in each classification that clearly standout. When Mullen takes on Columbine and Valor Christian takes on Ponderosa, not only will conference championships be on the line, but we very likely could be seeing the next state champion in action in each classification.
Mullen has yet to be really tested this year in defense of their state title. Columbine started off a little slow this season, but also comes into this game undefeated and with impressive blow-out wins in their last two games. Columbine likes to grind it out with their power running game and would like nothing more than to keep the ball away from Mullen’s high powered offense. But as good as Mullen’s offense is, their defense is probably even better; so Columbine may find it tough to put together long, time consuming drives. The last time these two met it was for the state title and the game went Columbine’s way. Tonight Mullen get’s their payback. My pick: Mullen by 17.
Valor Christian may not be the top ranked team in 4A, but there are many who think they are the best team in 4A and the one most likely to take home a state title. Valor’s only losses were early in the season against top 5A teams. Since then they have become healthy and have rattled off several lopsided wins against 4A competition. Ponderosa’s only losses are to top ranked Wheat Ridge and to one-loss, 5A Highlands Ranch. Ponderosa has shown throughout the season that they have a defense to be reckoned with, and lately they appear to have found an offense to go with it. Valor, though, has a number of highly rated players, starting with their CU-bound QB, and has been able to put points on the board against anybody. Ponderosa should be able to slow them down, but not enough. Make my pick Valor by 14.
In other top games involving 4A and 5A ranked teams……
Regis over Highlands Ranch by 20
Fruita Monument over Montrose by 7
Pomona over Legacy by 14
Chaparral over Mountain Vista by 24
Ralston Valley over Fairview by 7
Bear Creek over Heritage by 13
Wheat Ridge over Prairie View by 20
Dakota Ridge over Golden by 10
Loveland over Longmont by 3
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