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High school football: 3 games to watch in first week around Colorado Springs

August 21, 2014 Updated: August 21, 2014 at 11:46 am
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photo - Coronado Cougars head coach Bobby Lizarraga celebrates with his team after winning the 3A state football championship game against the Silver Creek Raptors at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday, November 30, 2013. (Gazette file)
Coronado Cougars head coach Bobby Lizarraga celebrates with his team after winning the 3A state football championship game against the Silver Creek Raptors at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday, November 30, 2013. (Gazette file) 

Three games to watch as high school football season kicks off this weekend with Week Zero.

Palmer vs. Coronado

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Garry Berry Stadium

What to know: The Terrors are hoping to do at Class 4A what Coronado (now at 4A) did at 3A. After struggling mightily the last several years, Palmer is playing a mostly 4A schedule this season, opening with a conference match against Coronado. The game has already been dubbed a rivalry game since the two teams are in the same district. The Cougars are coming off winning the 3A state championship, as they played in a lower class after going 7-33 over four seasons.

The Classical Academy at Delta

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Delta High School

What to know: What better way to kick off the season than with a pair of 3A semifinalists going head to head. Both teams lost in last year's semis, but the two teams that beat them both moved up to 4A. So could this be a precursor to this year's state final? Only time will tell. Delta is the AP's top-ranked team, while TCA came in sixth, garnering a pair of first-place votes.

Pueblo Centennial vs. Pine Creek

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: District 20 Stadium

What to know: Pueblo Centennial opens the season with a stiff test, to say the least. Last year's fourth-place team in the Foothills Conference finished 7-3 overall. The Bulldogs will open this year against the defending 4A champions. Pine Creek has a number of returning players back, led on the defensive side by Nebraska signee Avery Anderson. Quarterback Tommy Lazzaro has been drawing college interest and is expected to throw the ball more this season than was necessary while under center last year.

SCOTT KANIEWSKI, THE GAZETTE

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