29 games mark CHSAA’s “Zero Week” football schedule

Silver Creek, the defending 3A champion, opens Colorado's high school football schedule.

Silver Creek, the defending 3A champion, opens Colorado's high school football schedule. (Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

The casual high school football observer might think that scheduling football games is an easy process. After all, a school has a specified number of conference games and, then fill in with non-conference opponents.

Well, for some schools, it’s not that easy. There be an odd number of schools in their conference, creating a “bye” that might be much later in the season than the usual bye week. Or, the team may not be able to match up with any other school for a variety of reasons, including competitive level, classification or geography.

The CHSAA tackled that issue a number of years ago and may allow teams to play a “zero week” game when those teams can provide enough information to show that after an exhaustive search, the school was unable to find an opponent during the established 10-week period.

The school then requests permission for the “zero week” games from CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Harry Waterman. Once approval is given, the schools playing that “zero week” game give up one of their two allowable scrimmages in order to play that week. This year, “zero week” falls on August 22-24.

This year, there are 29 “zero week” games scheduled, including Valor Christian’s nationally televised game (ESPN2) against Fresno, Calif., Central East High School in Highlands Ranch. The complete list of “zero week” games includes:

August 22

3A Silver Creek @ Poinciana, Fla. – 7:30 p.m.

August 23

2A Bishop Machebeuf @ 2A Manual – 7:00 p.m.

2A Bennett @ 2A Faith Christian – 7:00 p.m.

2A Eaton @ 2A The Academy – 7:00 p.m.

2A Basalt @ 1A Paonia – 7:00 p.m.

3A Coronado @ 3A Pueblo County - 7:00 p.m.

3A Battle Mountain @ 3A Glenwood Springs – 7:00 p.m.

3A Lutheran @ Faith Lutheran, NV – 7:00 p.m.

3A Weld Central @ 3A Evergreen – 7:00 p.m.

3A Vista Peak @ 5A Hinkley – 6:00 p.m.

1A Cedaredge @ 3A Eagle Valley – 7:00 p.m.

4A Littleton @ 4A Standley Lake – 7:00 p.m. (NAAC)

4A Vista Ridge @ 4A Montrose – 7:00 p.m.

5A Ralston Valley @ 5A Mullen – 7:00 p.m.

5A Grand Junction @ 5A Prairie View – 7:00 p.m.

5A Fruita Monument @ 5A Adams City – 7:00 p.m.

A8 Dayspring Academy @ A8 Kiowa – 7:00 p.m.

A8 Sargent @ A8 Fowler – 7:00 p.m.

3A Mitchell at 3A La Junta – 7:00 p.m.

3A Discovery Canyon at 3A Pueblo Central – 7:00 p.m.

August 24

1A Jefferson @ 2A Pinnacle – 7:00 p.m. (5 Star Stadium)

1A Cornerstone Christian @ 1A Nederland – 1:00 p.m.

2A Middle Park @ 3A Sierra – 1:00 p.m.

3A Lewis-Palmer @ 3A Pueblo East – 7:00 p.m.

Fresno, Calif., Central East @ 5A Valor Christian – 8:00 p.m.

A8 Dove Creek @ A8 Simla – 3:00 p.m.

A8 Gilpin County @ A8 Miami-Yoder – 1:00 p.m.

A8 Rocky Mountain Lutheran @ A8 Antonito – 1:00 p.m.

A8 Holly @ A8 Sangre de Cristo – 1:00 (@Hoehne)