Colorado high school football games to watch in Week 10

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CLASS 5A

No. 6 Grandview (7-2) vs. No. 1 Cherry Creek (8-1)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Stutler Bowl

Last meeting: Cherry Creek 21, vs. Grandview 13, Oct. 8, 2021

The only thing standing between the Bruins and their third outright Centennial League title in four years is a Grandview team fresh off its first shutout of the season (vs. Cherokee Trail). Dual threat QB Liam Szarka (2,059 total yards) and sophomore RB Donavon Vernon (980 yards, 13 TDs rushing) lead a dangerous Wolves offense. But the Creek defense is another animal altogether. The Bruins have given up just three touchdowns total in four league games, with all but one of them coming in the fourth quarter of a double-digit blowout.

No. 7 ThunderRidge (8-1) at Rock Canyon (7-2)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at EchoPark Stadium

Last meeting: T-Ridge 28, vs. Rock Canyon 18, Sept. 30, 2021

While neither team can catch Valor Christian for the southern 5A league title, both will be out to improve its playoff positioning in the regular-season finale. T-Ridge gave Valor all it could handle in a 19-7 loss a week ago, while Rock Canyon broke a two-game losing streak with a 28-3 win over Castle View. Jaguars RB Aidan Duda has topped 100 yards in eight games played this fall, but he’ll have to fight for yards against a T-Ridge defense that’s logged 92 tackles for loss — 50 coming from the senior tandem of Aiden Olshan (28.5) and Kaden Shouse (21.5).

No. 2 Valor Christian (7-2) vs. Mountain Vista (7-2)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Halftime Help Stadium

Last meeting: Valor 49, vs. Mountain Vista 6, Oct. 1, 2021

Valor goes into the season finale with a chance to claim its seventh straight outright league title and 38th consecutive league win. After limiting ThunderRidge to just 193 total yards and one first-quarter touchdown in a defensive slugfest last week, the Eagles match up with prolific sophomore quarterback Austyn Modrzewski, who’s thrown for 994 yards and 10 TDs in his last three games alone — all Mountain Vista wins.

CLASS 4A

Pueblo West (6-3) vs. No. 5 Montrose (7-2)

When/where: 6 p.m. Friday at Montrose

Last meeting: Pueblo West 31, at Montrose 19, Nov. 23, 2019

The Red Hawks will shoot for their eighth straight win and second consecutive unbeaten league championship run when they host the Cyclones on Friday night. With their ground-and-pound attack churning, Montrose has scored an average of 48.2 points/game over their last seven contests. Led by playmakers Trenton Lovelace (14.0 TFLs) and Jacob Trader (11.0 TFLs), Pueblo West defense that’s allowed just 13 points over the last two weeks combined should offer plenty of resistance.

No. 1 Palmer Ridge (9-0) vs. No. 8 Vista Ridge (7-2)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Vista Ridge

Last meeting: Palmer Ridge 41, at Vista Ridge 0, Oct. 29, 2021

A year ago, the Palmer Ridge defense handed Vista Ridge and four-star QB Brayden Dorman their lone shutout of the season in Week 10. Fast forward 12 months, and they meet again with a league title on the line and Dorman and Washington State-bound WR Brandon Hills cooking. The former has topped 300 yards passing in five consecutive games, while the latter has 100-plus yards receiving in six straight. Palmer Ridge has blanked three of its last four opponents. Do that again at Vista Ridge, and the Bears should be locks for 4A’s top playoff seed.

No. 2 Broomfield (9-0) vs. No. 7 Heritage (7-2)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at LPS Stadium

Last meeting: Broomfield 26, vs. Heritage 13, Oct. 30, 2020

After surviving an upset bid from Fruita Monument last week, 21-14, Broomfield heads to Littleton to face a red-hot Heritage team for the league championship. Heritage has won seven in a row since starting the season with consecutive losses to 5A teams, and its defense hasn’t given up a touchdown in three straight. Senior DE Cade Kunz has logged 7.5 tackles for loss during that stretch, which has seen the Eagles outscore teams 108-6. The primary assignment Friday: Finding a way to contain Broomfield QB Cole LaCrue (2,201 total yards).

Widefield (8-1) vs. Liberty (6-3)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at District 20 Stadium

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