Leading off a jam-packed week of sports, Burlington head football coach, Glynn Higgs, picked up his 250th career victory last Saturday, as his Cougars overwhelmed Ellicott, 68-0. They led 28-0 after the first quarter and had the mercy clock rolling by the middle of the second. Andrew Burton caught a pair of TD passes from Michael Gutierrez and Taylor Scott added a pair on the ground.
Coach Higgs is in his 29th season at the helm of the Cougars, and has guided them to six state championships. The task this week will be much tougher, as Burlington travels to Lamar, who rolled Rocky Ford 40-0 last week.
Also in the 1A North Central, Holyoke moved to 4-0 on the season after earning a 28-6 win at Bridgeport (NE) and top-ranked Limon is 2-0 with a 46-7 win over Crowley County. Yuma was the only team in that league to fall last week, as Wray and Wiggins both claimed lopsided victories.
Highlighting the 1A schedule this weekend is Limon at Meeker on Saturday. Both teams are unbeaten and the Cowboys are coming off a 42-20 road win at Aspen last week. Offensive players to keep an eye on for both teams include Trey Hines and Kory Tacha for the Badgers, and Ryan Phelan and Jeremy Woodward. Limon has won three match-ups with the Cowboys over the last two seasons, including a 42-8 decision in the playoffs last year.
It was a good week for one area 2A program, as Sterling saw its offense get rolling in a 48-28 victory at The Classical Academy, moving the Tigers to 3-0. The Tigers had won their first two games 13-7 in overtime and 7-0 with a late fourth quarter score. They head out of state this week, as they visit Scottsbluff (NE), who is also 3-0 and ranked second in Class B.
La Junta felt the sting of defeat last week, falling at home to Alamosa 22-6. The Mean Moose defense recorded four sacks and a pair of takeaways in the victory. The Tigers will visit Kent Denver on Friday, and the Sun Devils are also coming off a loss, 20-0 to Faith Christian.
Fort Morgan remained unbeaten in 3A, thanks to some late game dramatics against Lutheran last Thursday. Trailing 14-12 late in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs got a 30-yard field goal from Adam Cardona with just over three minutes remaining. They would make that 15-14 lead hold up and claim the victory by that count. The Mustangs will be on the road at Thomas Jefferson this Friday.
In the small school ranks, Sedgwick County moved to 3-0 with a 70-14 win over Gilpin County. The Cougars have now outscored their 8-man opponents 150-14. They open Plains league play on Friday against Akron, who fell at home 52-6 to Fowler last week. Fowler, who looks to be the team to beat in the Ark Valley, opens league play next week against Holly. The Grizzlies are off this week after that dominant performance at Akron last Friday.
The top four teams in 6-man all picked up easy victories last week. Top-ranked Kit Carson cruised past Arickaree/Woodlin 53-13, #2 Fleming downed Peetz 55-18, #3 Stratton/Liberty blasted Hanover 71-8, and fourth-ranked Cheyenne Wells beat Idalia 70-12. Games to keep an eye on this week include Kit Carson hosting Eads, Prairie visiting North Park, and Stratton/Liberty at Peetz.
Volleyball action last week did not disappoint, as there were many highly competitive matches. Limon earned a pair of five-set wins, beating Genoa-Hugo and Yuma. Three of the Badgers’ first five matches this season have gone five sets. Fowler ran its unbeaten start to four wins, beating John Mall in three and Colorado Springs School in five. The Grizzlies had an important match at Rye on Tuesday and will visit Swink on Thursday. Fowler and Swink share the top spot in the Santa Fe with Rocky Ford, and Rye entered the week just one game back.
It was a bit of a roller coaster week for Wiggins, as the Tigers dropped a tough five-setter to Weldon Valley last Tuesday in their River Rivalry. That was followed by a 3-0 win over Caliche in LPAA play on Thursday. Then, the Tigers fell to Prairie in five to open the Brush tournament. They would go on to beat Flatirons Academy, Weldon Valley, and Brush, all in three sets. After hosting Haxtun on Tuesday, their next action will be on Saturday, with a road clash against Union Colony. The Timberwolves began the week undefeated and ranked inside the top five of 2A.
South Baca stayed unbeaten to start its schedule after claiming a 3-0 win over Cheraw last Thursday. The Patriots have only dropped one set ahead of Thursday’s visit to Rolla (KS).
Prairie enjoyed a very nice week, starting with a tough four-set win over Briggsdale in league play on Friday. The Mustangs followed that up with a near-perfect run through the Brush tournament with 3-0 wins over Flatirons Academy, Brush, and Loveland Classical. The most difficult match was the 3-2 victory over Wiggins.
Fellow North Central squad, Fleming, took home the title in the Machebeuf tournament on Saturday, as well. The Wildcats opened with a 2-1 win over the hosts, and then cruised to 2-0 decisions over Regis Groff, Colorado Academy, and Prospect Ridge Academy. All four opponents were 3A or larger. Prairie and Fleming play the first of two regular season matches next Friday.
Sterling entered the week unbeaten, not having dropped a set, and winning last weekend’s Silver Creek tournament. The Tigers have key matches this week against Estes Park, Brush, and Liberty Common. Looking ahead to the first part of next week, Sterling visits Yuma.
After dropping a pair of non-conference games to perennial powers Eaton and University at the end of last month, Lamar has reeled off four straight wins entering the week. All of those have been in sweep fashion, including last week’s victory over James Irwin. That streak was likely to continue as the Savages hosted a winless Atlas Prep on Tuesday. They will try to stay unbeaten atop the Tri-Peaks with games Thursday against Trinidad and Saturday at The Vanguard School.
On the diamond, after suffering a 13-12 defeat last Tuesday to Strasburg, Brush finished the week with four straight victories. The Beetdiggers took wins over Holyoke (16-4), Florence (12-1), Rocky Ford (7-3), and Limon (15-3) en route to winning their own tournament over the weekend. They opened this week in a three-way tie for fifth in the district, with top-ranked University sitting alone on top. The Beetdiggers will host University on Saturday, but also has important games with Lyons and Platte Valley during the week. Sterling, who was in second place in the district to begin the week, hosted University on Tuesday.