5A football semifinal between Pomona and Cherry Creek moved to Stutler Bowl


The Class 5A football game between Pomona and Cherry Creek has been moved to Stutler Bowl due to unplayable field conditions at the North Area Athletic Complex.

The game time has also been changed, and it will now be played at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Pomona had been scheduled to host the semifinal at the NAAC in Arvada, but lingering snow from a snowstorm on Tuesday has turned to ice on the field, and the natural grass surface will not be ready for a game on Saturday. The artificial turf field at Stutler Bowl, which is Cherry Creek's home field, is already cleared of all snow.

The top-seeded Bruins were scheduled to be on the road at No. 5 Pomona because of a rule which determines who hosts playoff games according to who has hosted the fewest number of games to that point. Cherry Creek has played at home twice in the playoffs; Pomona has been home once.

Pomona will still be the designated "home" team in the game.

Each of the championship games scheduled for Saturday — 8-man in Fowler, 1A in Strasburg, and 2A at CSU-Pueblo — are on as scheduled. Likewise, the 4A semifinal between Pine Creek and Pueblo West, and the 3A semifinal between Pueblo South and Frederick, are on as scheduled.

The other 5A semifinal between Columbine and Ralston Valley is on as scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Jeffco Stadium.

The other games scheduled for Jeffco Stadium — a 4A semifinal between Dakota Ridge and Broomfield, and a 3A semifinal between Green Mountain and Palmer Ridge — are also on as originally scheduled: noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday, respectively.