It’s a huge week for Morgan County, Colorado, and the United States. That’s right, it’s football week. Oh, yeah, and the other thing on Tuesday. BUT RIGHT NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT FOOTBALL! So let’s get to it.
We’ll begin with the biggest game of the week for all of Morgan County. The 3-1 Fort Morgan Mustangs will be on the road this week to take on 4-0 Roosevelt. A week after a bounce back 60-14 victory over Thompson Valley, the Mustangs will face their toughest task this year.
Fort Morgan moved up in the 3A CHSAA coaches poll this week from 9th to 8th and find themselves 12th in RPI. Roosevelt meanwhile is not only undefeated, but 1st in the polls and 8th in the RPI. Fort Morgan was shutout by Mead 35-0 two weeks ago. Mead’s only loss of the year was at the hands of Roosevelt. Thusly, a loss to Roosevelt shouldn’t hurt them too much. It’s a competitive year in 3A, however. More importantly, a win would send a message to the entire state.
Next up, the Brush Beetdiggers. Brush is coming off of a brutal week in which they lost by 1 in 2OT to Berthoud and got shutout by Eaton 28-0. Now, Brush is 1-3 and faces another tough task this week when they visit 3-1 Platte Valley. The Broncos’ only loss this year was to undefeated Sterling.
Brush was ranked 10th in 2A in the coaches poll last week but two losses sent them out. The Beetdiggers received 6 votes in the poll this week and are now 17th in the RPI. Platte Valley is 6th in the polls and the RPI. Unless the Beetdiggers can beat the Broncos and win their last game against Valley, they’ll likely be sitting the postseason out. The game is set for 1 pm this Saturday.
Next up, there’s the 1-3 Wiggins Tigers. While things haven’t gone well for Wiggins in the win-loss column, especially after a 42-14 setback to Limon, there’s still hope for the Tigers to reach the postseason. To get there, they’ll need to beat 2-2 Yuma this week.
The Tigers received 7 votes in the CHSAA coaches poll this week, 11th most in 1A. Wiggins is currently 14th in the RPI while Yuma is 13th and received 4 votes in the poll. The Tigers have had a brutal schedule this year which the coaches and RPI have taken into consideration. If Wiggins can win this week and defeat Highland in week 6, the Tigers could very well go dancing this year. The game this week is set for 1 pm Saturday.
After that, there’s the Prairie Mustangs. A big win over North Park on Saturday moved the Mustangs up from 6th to 5th in the coaches poll. Prairie is 4th in the RPI and will host Arickaree/Woodlin this Saturday at 4. The Indian-Mustangs are 2-2 against a soft schedule and the chances of victory are strong for Prairie.
Finally, sort of, there’s the Weldon Valley Warriors. The Warriors dominated Otis this past Thursday, but it wasn’t enough for the coaches poll to send any votes their way. The 2-2 Warriors are 26th and RPI and are still looking for an opponent this week. Weldon Valley was supposed to play Idalia this week, but Idalia had to cancel due to a COVID-19 situation at the school. We will provide an opponent and date once/if it becomes available.
Finally, it’s not just the prep football scene having a big week. After falling to Fresno State last Thursday, the CSU Rams return to Fort Collins this Thursday to host the rival Wyoming Cowboys. That game is scheduled for 7 pm and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Finally, at long last, the Pac-12 makes its triumphant return this weekend. The Colorado Buffaloes are back in action this Saturday in Boulder as they host the UCLA Bruins. Kickoff is set for 5 pm and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Like I said, this is a big week all over. We’ll have all the football coverage you need. In return, do me a favor and remember to vote on Tuesday no matter who it’s for. Oh, and once the election is over, let’s all remember that no matter who we’re fans of politically, we can all still be fans of football. Go Mustangs, go Tigers, go Warriors, go Beetdiggers, go Rams, go Buffs, and go America whomever wins.