CHSAA state football playoffs: How the first round played out in Class 5A and 4A The Denver Post

Class 5A

No. 17 Eaglecrest (7-3) at No. 16 Fountain-Fort Carson (7-3), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 1 Cherry Creek (8-2), TBD

No. 24 Doherty (7-3) at No. 9 ThunderRidge (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 8 Arapahoe (6-4), TBD

No. 20 Rocky Mountain beat No. 13 Mountain Vista, 20-13: The Lobos (6-5) forced four turnovers in the second half, including two interceptions from cornerback Caleb Wolfe, and got a pair of rushing TDs from Cody Arnett to escape a snowy Halftime Help Stadium with an upset of the Golden Eagles (7-3). Next week: at No. 4 Grandview (8-2), TBD

No. 21 Arvada West (4-6) at No. 12 Legacy (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 5 Pine Creek (8-2), TBD

No. 16 Legend beat No. 18 Poudre, 22-15: The Titans (7-4) shut out Poudre over three quarters and held on from there en route to the program’s fifth playoff win in three seasons. Jordan Niesent put Poudre (7-4) on the board with a long TD run two minutes into the fourth quarter, and Quentin Harms found Logan Chatman for a 7-yard scoring pass to draw with seven with less than six minutes left, but the rally fell short. Next week: at No. 2 Valor Christian (8-2), TBD

No. 23 Mullen (5-5) at No. 10 Fossil Ridge (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 7 Regis Jesuit (6-4), TBD

No. 19 Chatfield (4-6) at No. 14 Fairview (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 3 Ralston Valley (8-2), TBD

No. 22 Cherokee Trail (4-6) at No. 11 Rock Canyon (7-3), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 6 Columbine (9-1), TBD

Class 4A

No. 17 Widefield (9-1) at No. 16 Skyline (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 1 Palmer Ridge (10-0), TBD

No. 24 Grand Junction Central (3-7) at No. 9 Fruita Monument (7-3), 1 p.m. Saturday: The Wildcats draw their Western Slope rival in a rematch of a Week 1 game that saw Fruita come out on top 14-7. Next week: at No. 8 Vista Ridge (7-3), TBD

No. 20 Longmont (4-6) at No. 13 Dakota Ridge (5-5), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 4 Loveland (9-1), TBD

No. 21 Rampart (4-6) at No. 12 Golden (7-3), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 5 Montrose (8-2), TBD

No. 18 Bear Creek (6-4) at No. 15 Windsor (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 2 Broomfield (10-0), TBD

No. 23 Monarch (5-5) at No. 10 Mesa Ridge (7-3), 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 7 Heritage (7-3), TBD

No. 19 Standley Lake (5-5) at No. 14 Pueblo West (6-4), 1 p.m. Saturday: Standley Lake returns to the postseason for the first time since 2018 and gets a date against the Cyclones, who are back in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. Next week: at No. 3 Ponderosa (8-2), TBD

No. 22 Air Academy (6-4) at No. 11 Erie (6-4), 11 a.m. Saturday: A year after reaching the 4A title game, Erie begins its postseason in the first round with a matchup against rugged running back Sam Beers and the Kadets. Next week: at No. 6 Denver South (9-1), TBD

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