Colorado’s top eight teams in all classifications are scheduled to begin play for state football titles this weekend. Among those eight teams in Class 1A and 2A are Delta County teams Hotchkiss High School and Delta High School.
Hotchkiss is a member of the 1A WSL and finished its season with an unblemished record (6-0) to win the league title. They also hovered in the top 10 in RPI, Coaches Polls, and MaxPreps Polls the entire season. The Bulldogs will be rewarded for their excellence in Class 1A football with a No. 5 seed in this year’s state football playoffs and, unfortunately, will have to travel to the eastern plains for a familiar foe to the Western Slope, Wray Eagles, which tied with the Bulldogs with 91 power points in the final polls.
Wray finished its regular season with a 5-1 record, which includes its only loss of the season to Class 2A Platte Valley, 48-38. That game was enough to give the Eagles an edge in the final voting for a fourth place seed in the state tournament. All the teams, except No. 2 Strasburg and No. 7 Meeker, will play their first round games on Saturday, Nov. 21. Strasburg (6-0) and Meeker (5-1) have a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Nov. 20, in Strasburg. Hotchkiss and Wray will kick off on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Wray with top seeded Limon (4-0) and No. 8 Holyoke (5-1) beginning their game at 1 p.m. in Limon. No. 3 Florence (5-0) and No. 6 Centauri (6-0) also have a 1 p.m. kickoff time on Saturday, Nov. 21. The winners play their next games between Nov. 26 through the 28th at the higher seeded team’s site. The championship game is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Pueblo (on the campus of CSU-Pueblo) at 10 a.m.
Delta, playing in Class 2A, enters this year’s state football playoffs with a 4-1 record, including last week’s forfeit win over Elizabeth. The Panthers will be playing in this year’s tournament as the No. 6 seed against No. 3 Platte Valley (5-1), whose only loss in 2020 was to the Class No. 2 seed, Sterling (31-21) on Oct. 23. Delta’s only loss, 26-20, was to Moffat County in Craig the week following the loss of all-state quarterback Nolan Bynum due to an injury.
The 2A state football playoff picture (with all first round games being played on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.) has No. 1 Resurrection Christian (5-0) hosting Moffat County (4-1), No. 4 Pagosa Springs (5-0) playing No. 5 Eaton (4-2), No. 2 Sterling (5-0) playing No. 7 Lamar and No. 3 Platte Valley (5-1) playing No. 6 Delta (4-1). The semifinal round will be played at the higher seeded team’s site on Nov. 26-28 with the 2A Championship set for Pueblo (on the campus of CSU-Pueblo) on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Variances for the championship games on the campus of CSU-Pueblo allows for 1,400 fans per game.
Safety measures as part of the variance include:
Upon purchase of a ticket, contact information will be gathered to communicate safety measures, as well as for contact tracing purposes, if necessary.
Seven entrances will be used.
Fans will have color-coded tickets, which will help direct them to where to go.
Seven entrances will be used, with touchless ticket taking.
Groups have designated parking areas, as well as their own restrooms and concessions.
Masks will be mandatory.
Pods will be separated in different seating areas, and spaced six feet apart to maintain social distancing in any direction with neighboring pods.
The stadium will be cleared between each game.