Trinidad senior Brandon Billiter

Trinidad senior Brandon Billiter returns the ball in a game earlier this season.

Las Animas County teams will face their final matchups of the regular season on the road in week six football.

La Veta/Aguilar and Branson/Kim will face their final conference opponents of the year to round out regular season play.

All teams who do not qualify for the 2020 playoffs have been granted a seventh game by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).

Trinidad’s last game against the Lamar Savages is now the end their football season, as their week six opponent Florence is in quarantine.

“There is a lot of kids that are wrestlers and they’re pretty competitive wrestlers. We’re thankful that the kids got out healthy and we are going to let the kids move on to prepare for the next sport,” said Trinidad’s Justin Malano.

Branson/Kim travel to Cheraw with kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday

The Branson/Kim Bearcats will face the No. 6-ranked Cheraw Wolverines on the road this Friday, to cap conference play.

“Cheraw is a tough team. They are very talented. We knew going in (that) them and Granada were going to be some of the stronger opponents on our schedule and they played a pretty close game from what it sounds like. So, we’re going to have to get our ducks in a row to beat them,” said Branson’s Head Coach Adam Lucero.

The Wolverines lethal pass attack is led by sophomore quarterback Cade Phillips who has thrown for 24 touchdowns and just shy of 1,000 yards.

Phillips is yet to throw an interception in his record-breaking season, posting two back-to-back games with seven passing touchdowns breaking a 6-man record.

“They’re a good ball club, we just have to keep what we have got going on now,” said Brody Doherty, the Bearcat quarterback.

Lucero said the key to take down the red-hot Wolverines will be on defense, as the Bearcats look to take Cheraw out of the playoff conversation.

Slowing down the Cheraw pass attack will be vital if the Bearcats plan to pull off the upset on Friday night.

La Veta/Aguilar travel to Cotopaxi for a Saturday 1 p.m. kickoff

La Veta/Aguilar test their skills this week against the 1-3 Cotopaxi Pirates on the road.

Cotopaxi transitioned to distance learning this past week, cancelling their game against the Mountain Valley Indians.

“Cotopaxi? We know they have a strong quarterback and a decent tailback. I don’t think they are as deep in the wideout position as they were last year, but that quarterback can throw it to anybody,” said Redskins Coach Ron Orvitez.

Quarterback containment and pressure will be the Redskins key to the game this week as the Pirates return sophomore quarterback Ty Coleman, who recorded a 1,500-yard passing season just one year ago.  

“We are going to have to get pressure somehow, some way, on that quarterback and make him as uncomfortable as we possibly can in that backfield,” said Orvitez.

“We’re going to come out and play a hard game and try and change the scoreboard around in our favor,” said Gus Andreatta.  

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