Radio coverage: Football state champs Pueblo South and Palmer Ridge set for showdown

Palmer Ridge Sand Creek football

(Ismael Gomez)

Week five is shaping to be another impactful week of Colorado high school football coverage. Along with games covered by and its media partners, several games can be heard on radio broadcasts throughout the state.

Pueblo South at Palmer Ridge

Time: 7 p.m. kick

Station: XTRA Sports 1300

On the call: Ryan Kaufman (Play by play), Ryan Pelton (Color)

Kaufman on the matchup: Tonight is a matchup between two defending state champions that are in very different situations. Palmer Ridge has their three headed offensive monster of Ty Evans, Anthony Roberson, and Raef Ruel but has suffered a couple losses to teams ranked in the top 5 of their respective classifications.

In those losses, Evans has thrown a combined 8 interceptions, so if this team is going to defend its 3A title, they need to get a little more balance offensively to take the pressure off of Evans

Pueblo South meanwhile has had to replace nearly all of their key offensive contributors from their 4A State Championship team of 2017. In their 42-41 overtime loss to Discovery Canyon last week, Junior QB Logan Petit made great strides in his development, throwing for 240 yards and 3 TDs. This is a team that has gotten better each game and should look even better in a game that figures to be a shootout.

Listen to the game on XTRA Sports 1300 or at

6-man: (1) Stratton/Liberty at (2) Otis

Game time: 7:30 p.m. kick (Volleyball match at 6 p.m.)

Station: KAT Country 98.3 FM

On the call: Marc Romero

Romero on the matchup: This is a pretty cool volleyball and football doubleheader, with all 4 teams ranked and all 4 teams undefeated entering the week. On the volleyball side Otis has 3 different hitters with 50 or more kills, while Stratton/Liberty hasn’t quite put up the same attacking numbers.

On paper the football game has all the signs of a classic six-man scorefest with both teams averaging more than 60 points per contest.

Listen on KAT Country 98.3 FM or by clicking sports.

8-man: Haxtun at Merino

Time: 7:30 p.m. kick

Station: 94.5 The Ranch

On the call: Ben Blecha

Blecha on the matchup: Both teams are coming off a loss. It's Merino's league opener while Haxtun lost to Dayspring. Really can't count out the loser but it's going to be hard to secure a playoff spot for either team, especially for Haxtun, in the Plains if this game isn't won. I fully expect a hard hitting game between the two long time rivals.

Listen to the game on 94.5 The Ranch or on the Tune-In Radio App.

4A: Grand Junction at (6) Fruita Monument

Time: 7 p.m. kick

Station: The Team 1340

On the call: Jim Davis (Play by play), Reo Van Gilder (Color)

Davis on the matchup: The 6th ranked Fruita Monument Wildcats renew their rivalry with cross-valley Grand Junction Friday night in the Black n' Blue game at Stocker Stadium. The Wildcats knocked off previously third ranked Chatfield 38-27, with the Tigers beating Liberty 28-14.

Listen to the game on The Team 1340 and at

(2A 7) Salida at Cedaredge

Time: 7 p.m. kick

Station: The Peak 92.3

On the call: Caleb Burggraaf

Burggraaf on the matchup: The Spartans are coming off of their second shut out win of the season over their rivals in Buena Vista, and rode a strong performance from Vince DeLeo who rushed for nearly 200 yards and 4 scores in the game. This week though, the Spartans face their longest road trip of the season to this point as they look to go 5-0 in non-league action.

Defense has been the key for Salida so far on the year, and expect them to use that to get things going in the right direction again in Cedaredge.

Listen to the game on the Peak 92.3 and online at

1A: (10) Buena Vista at (6)Centauri

Time: 7 p.m.

Station: Eagle Country 104.1

On the call: Jimmy Doogan (Play by play), Len Gates (Color)

Caleb Burggraaf on the matchup: For Buena Vista, the loss last week isn't one they are thinking about too much. The goal instead is to finish their non-league schedule above 500 after last year's team failed to win a non-league game. To do that, they have to take on a Centauri team which is coming off of an appearance in the state championship game.

Buena Vista will look to again assert their offense in this one, using speed and timing as well as smart play from quarterback Parker Johnson to earn the win. Don't sleep on the Demon's defense either, as the defensive line for Buena Vista will get some pressure on the Falcons quarterback.

Listen to the game on Eagle Country 104.1 and online at

3A: (8) Holy Family at Roosevelt

Time: 7 p.m. kick

Station: KFKA 1310

On the call: Clark Johnson (Play by play), Mike Danson (Color)

Preps director Tanner Schwindt on the matchup: The true question is if Roosevelt can get through an extremely difficult first 4 games with a win. This contest doesn’t get any easier as Holy Family is another quality opponent.

Listen to the game at KFKA 1310 or online at