As the 2018 high school football season rolls into Week 6, a big picture is starting to take shape. Many teams will begin conference play this week and others will look to improve their footing in the RPI ratings.
Coverage of games can be found on CHSAANow, through its various media partners and also on radio waves throughout the state.
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Greeley West at Greeley Central
Time: 7 p.m. kick
Station: 1310 KFKA
On the call: Clark Johnson (Play by play), Mike Danson (Color)
Preps director Tanner Schwindt on the matchup: Greeley west looks to continue their dominance in the battle for Greeley. West and their rushing attack will give Central all they can handle.
Listen to the game at KFKA 1310 or online at 1310kfka.com.
Merino at Akron
Game time: 7:30 p.m. kick
Station: KAT Country 98.3 FM
On the call: Marc Romero
Romero on the matchup: Sedgwick County, Merino, and Caliche all remain unbeaten in Plains League play, while Akron is trying to avoid falling 2 games back in the league. Akron is run-heavy (I know, surprise!), with over 1000 yards on the ground, led by senior Justin Traxler’s 530 to go along with 6 scores. Merino doesn’t post stats, but return 1300 yard passer Cade Conger and 700 yard rusher Matt Frank from last year’s offense to compliment a defense that hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game this year.
Listen on KAT Country 98.3 FM or katcountry983.com by clicking sports.
Legend at Fountain-Fort Carson
Time: 7 p.m. kick
Station: XTRA Sports 1300
On the call: Ryan Kaufman (Play by play), Ryan Pelton (Color)
Kaufman on the matchup: After a mixed bag of results in non-conference games, Fountain-Ft. Carson is looking to begin their conference season on the right foot. Last year, their 10-7 loss to Legend sent them in a tailspin and their hoping a win can have the opposite effect. They have a uber talented back in "Q" Jones who ran for 340 yards and four touchdowns last week against Overland and the key for the Trojans tonight and moving forward is to get him going and take the pressure off of first year quarterback Isaac Robinson.
The story is similar for Legend, who looks to establish the run as well. They have done a terrific job of putting their quarterback, Kalen Shoemacher, in low-risk situations so as not to give the other team good field position on turnovers. Despite losing number one tailback Caden Meis to injury, they have continued to run the ball well with Junior Blake Rarog to the tune of 98 yards a game.
Listen to the game on XTRA Sports 1300 or at xtrasports1300.com.
St. Mary's at Buena Vista
When: Saturday, Sept. 29
Time: 1 p.m. kick
Station: Eagle Country 104
On the call: Caleb Burggraaf (Play by play), Bob Marken (Color), Dan R. (Sideline)
Burggraaf on the matchup: The Buena Vista Demons have had a rough go in their past two games, with games against ranked Salida and Centauri, and both on the road no less. Now, the Demons return home where they are 2-0, including an impressive win against Cedaredge in their last home game. St. Mary's on the other hand, comes into the game with a 2-2 record of their own. Expect St. Mary's to have a balanced passing and rushing attack, but the strength of the Pirates will be in their ability to defend. Buena Vista will need to use their speed to get to the edges where they have a big advantage to win the game.
Listen to the game on Eagle Country 104.1 and online at www.eaglecountry104.com.