4A: PINE CREEK (11-2) vs. MONTROSE (12-1)
11 a.m. Saturday, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Last week: Pine Creek shut down Monarch, 21-7. Montrose outlasted Pueblo South, 39-38 in double overtime.
What to know: Both the Eagles and Indians arrive at the state title game without suffering a loss to a 4A opponent; Pine Creek lost to Lakewood and Columbine of 5A, while Montrose fell at Grand Junction, an 8-win team in 5A. The teams are a combined 0-3 in 4A championship games. Pine Creek lost to Valor Christian two years ago and Montrose was denied in 1990-91. Pine Creek’s defense hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in more than eight quarters, bottling up Windsor (34 points per game) and Monarch (48 points per game) in successive weeks. Montrose boasts an offense scoring nearly 38 points per game. Junior RB Mike Rocha leads the charge with 1,492 yards and 26 TDs.
3A: CORONADO (12-1) at SILVER CREEK (10-2)
1 p.m. Saturday, Everly-Montgomery Field, Longmont
Last week: Coronado held off TCA 28-27. Silver Creek rallied past Delta 28-17.
What to know: 3A did away with neutral-site venues for the state championship game, so Silver Creek gets a home game since it had hosted fewer previous playoff games than Coronado. The Raptors, seeded ninth in the 16-team bracket, traveled to Evergreen in the first round and hosted Pueblo East in the quarterfinals before making the trek to Delta last week. Sixth-ranked Coronado, meanwhile, hosted Rifle and TCA, sandwiched around a road tilt at Roosevelt — winning all three by a combined six points. The Cougars, playing in their first state-title game since 1982, go up against a Silver Creek team that won the 3A title last year after losing the 2011 championship game. The Raptors are 11-2 in playoff games since 2010. Silver Creek QB Ben Sjobakken leads a pass-heavy offense with 2,620 yards and 30 TDs.