Pueblo East, Wheat Ridge, Discovery Canyon make big moves in football rankings

There were a number of major movers as CHSAANow released the first football rankings of the regular season on Monday.

New Wheat Ridge football coach Dan Reardon. (Tracy Renck)

New Wheat Ridge football coach Dan Reardon. (Tracy Renck)

Pueblo East (Class 3A), Discovery Canyon (3A), and Wheat Ridge (4A) all made big jumps after being unranked in the preseason.

Pueblo East had the biggest climb, and wound up at No. 3 in the 3A poll after winning its first two games. The Eagles beat Longmont, No. 4 in the preseason 4A poll, in Zero Week, then topped Coronado, the defending 3A champion which has since moved up to 4A, in Week 1.

Discovery Canyon is No. 6 in 3A this week. Last Thursday, the Thunder beat Silver Creek, the 3A runner-up a season ago which has also moved up to 4A.

And Wheat Ridge, also off to a 2-0 start under new coach Dan Reardon in 4A, has won its games by a combined 91-0. The Farmers are No. 5 in this week's 4A poll.

In total, those moves were just a microcosm of the new rankings, which saw massive change. All seven polls got at least one new team, with 4A and 6-man getting four new members, and 3A adding three.

There's also a new No. 1 team in 2A, where Brush takes over for Platte Valley.

The least amount of change occurred in 5A, where Valor Christian continues its stranglehold on the No. 1 spot following its physical win over Pomona. The Eagles received all 13 first-place votes.

Teams Nos. 2-4 stayed the same behind them: Cherry Creek (which beat Regis Jesuit), Cherokee Trail and Pomona. Grandview joined the top five this week, bumping up three places from its preseason No. 8 spot.

(Tim Visser/TimVisserPhotography.com)

More photos. (Tim Visser/TimVisserPhotography.com)

Chatfield remained at No. 6, Fairview moved up three spots to No. 7, Regis Jesuit fell to No. 8 and Ralston Valley remained at No. 9.

The lone newcomer in 5A is Overland, which joined at No. 10.

In addition to Wheat Ridge in 4A, new teams include No. 8 Vista Ridge, No. 9 Falcon and No. 10 Fort Collins. Pine Creek remained atop that poll following its escape of Falcon's upset bid.

Besides Pueblo East and Discovery Canyon, D'Evelyn also joined the 3A ranking. Lutheran stayed atop that poll after its overtime win in Texas last week.

2A added No. 9 Eaton, while 1A added No. 7 Meeker. Paonia is still No. 1 in 1A.

The 8-man ranking added No. 8 Akron and No. 9 Springfield. Dayspring Christian continues to lead that pack.

Finally, 6-man added No. 6 Prairie, No. 7 Pawnee, No. 8 Walsh and No. 10 Cotopaxi. Stratton/Liberty remained in the top spot.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, polls will be released each Monday.

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Football Polls

Voted upon by coaches and select media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding, except in 5A where they are used as part of the seeding criteria.

Go to: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A | 8-man | 6-man

Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Valor Christian (13) 2-0 130 1
2 Cherry Creek 1-0 115 2
3 Cherokee Trail 1-0 98 3
4 Pomona 0-1 73 4
5 Grandview 1-0 62 8
6 Chatfield 1-0 54 6
7 Fairview 1-0 51 10
8 Regis Jesuit 0-1 44 7
9 Ralston Valley 1-0 41 9
10 Overland 2-0 16 -
Others receiving votes:
Lakewood 8, ThunderRidge 7, Columbine 5, Monarch 5, Mullen 4, Doherty 1, Legacy 1.
Dropped out
Columbine (5).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Pine Creek (11) 2-0 119 1
2 Montrose (1) 2-0 108 2
3 Pueblo South 1-0 92 3
4 Denver South 1-0 76 5
5 Wheat Ridge 2-0 49 -
6 Dakota Ridge 1-0 46 8
7 Windsor 1-0 42 10
8 Vista Ridge 1-0 34 -
9 Falcon 0-1 28 -
10 Fort Collins 1-0 15 -
Others receiving votes:
Longmont 13, Broomfield 11, Loveland 9, Pueblo West 9, Pueblo Centennial 3, Coronado 2, Palmer Ridge 2, Greeley West 1, Liberty 1.
Dropped out
Longmont (4), Broomfield (6), Standley Lake (7), Pueblo Centennial (9).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Lutheran (5) 1-0 86 1
2 Delta (1) 1-1 84 2
3 Pueblo East (3) 2-0 70 -
4 Holy Family (1) 1-0 54 3
5 Rifle 2-0 52 4
6 Discovery Canyon 1-0 44 -
7 Palisade 1-0 39 8
8 Evergreen 1-0 28 6
9 Roosevelt 1-1 25 5
10 D'Evelyn 1-0 12 -
Others receiving votes:
Erie 11, The Classical Academy 10, Canon City 9, Eagle Valley 8, Conifer 7, Sierra 5, Frederick 4, Berthoud 1, Pueblo County 1.
Dropped out
The Classical Academy (7), Lewis-Palmer (9), Vista PEAK (10).

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Brush (6) 1-0 87 3
2 Faith Christian (3) 1-0 82 2
3 Kent Denver 1-0 64 5
4 Strasburg 1-0 59 7
5 Florence 1-0 43 6
6 Platte Valley 1-1 39 1
7 Manitou Springs 0-1 35 4
8 Lamar 1-0 34 9
9 Eaton 1-0 18 -
10 Olathe 1-0 17 10
Others receiving votes:
Montezuma-Cortez 6, Bayfield 3, Gunnison 2, La Junta 2, St. Mary's 2, Aspen 1, Sheridan 1, The Academy 1.
Dropped out
Bennett (8).

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Paonia (7) 1-0 95 1
2 Centauri (1) 1-0 83 2
3 Buena Vista (2) 1-0 79 4
4 Limon 1-0 69 3
5 Resurrection Christian 1-1 47 5
6 Monte Vista 0-1 44 7
7 Meeker 2-0 32 -
8 Burlington 0-1 25 6
9 Wray 1-0 15 9
10 Yuma 0-1 11 8
Others receiving votes:
Crowley County 10, Wiggins 9, Cedaredge 8, Rye 4, Ellicott 3, Hotchkiss 3, Colorado Springs Christian 2, Byers 1, Holyoke 1.
Dropped out
Cedaredge (10).

8-man
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Dayspring Christian (4) 1-0 58 1
2 Norwood (2) 2-0 56 2
3 Caliche 1-0 48 3
4 Hoehne 1-0 40 4
5 Simla 1-0 36 5
6 Merino 1-0 32 7
7 Sanford 2-0 18 8
8 Akron 1-0 17 -
9 Springfield 2-0 13 -
10 Sedgwick County 1-0 7 9
Others receiving votes:
McClave 2, Rangely 2, Sargent 1.
Dropped out
Sargent (6), Dove Creek (10).

6-man
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Stratton/Liberty (5) 1-0 50 1
2 Arickaree/Woodlin 1-0 43 3
3 Eads 1-0 36 2
4 Fleming 1-0 28 7
5 Peetz 0-1 23 4
6 Prairie 1-0 20 -
7 Pawnee 1-0 16 -
8 Walsh 1-0 14 -
9 Kit Carson 1-0 11 10
10 Cotopaxi 1-0 9 -
Others receiving votes:
Flagler 8, Otis 6, Briggsdale 5, Miami-Yoder 2, Weldon Valley 2, Hanover 1, Idalia 1, .
Dropped out
Hi-Plains (5), Briggsdale (6), Idalia (8), Otis (9).