FOOTBALL PREVIEW: TOP GAMES OF WEEK 6
DISCOVERY CANYON (5-1) at LEWIS-PALMER (2-4)
7 p.m. Friday, Don Breese Stadium
Last week: Discovery Canyon beat TCA, 23-16. Lewis-Palmer beat Harrison 38-12.
The skinny: Finally, these teams begin their four-game league schedule. In last year's opener, Discovery Canyon won a 38-27 shootout that served as a changing of the guard after the Rangers' run through the 3A playoffs in 2011. The Thunder are led by QB Alec Wirtjes, who has a team-best 480 yards rushing to go with 588 passing yards and 15 total TDs. Lewis-Palmer has won two of three since an 0-3 start. Chad Marshall leads a balanced rushing attack with 302 yards.
LAMAR (5-0) at FLORENCE (3-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Florence
Last week: Lamar beat Trinidad 21-7. Florence lost to Manitou Springs, 26-14.
The skinny: Florence lost a rare Tri-Peaks League game last week and face a red-hot Savages team that's turning eyes around the state. Next week, Lamar travels to Manitou Springs, so we'll see what the Savages are made of. Florence turned the ball over three times in last week's loss to Manitou.
PUEBLO WEST (4-1) at CANON CITY (3-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Citizen's Stadium at Ca?n City High School
Last week: Pueblo West pulled away from Cheyenne Mountain, 40-9. Ca?n City lost a 51-50 overtime heartbreaker.
The skinny: One week after falling on a fourth-down touchdown run in overtime plus a 2-point conversion, Ca?n City doesn't get a breather against Pueblo West, a 4A state semifinalist last year that has racked up 79 points in two Foothills League victories. Led by QB Logan Nethercot (801 yards passing and six TDs), the Tigers are averaging nearly 300 yards of total offense.
RAMPART (2-3) at VISTA RIDGE (2-3)
7 p.m. Friday, Vista Ridge High School
Last week: Rampart shut down Air Academy, 41-0. Vista Ridge lost at Ponderosa, 23-9.
The skinny: No three yards and a cloud of dust here, as two of the top passing games in the league meet in what could be a high-scoring affair. Rampart QB Cameron Hacker leads all Colorado high school signal callers with 1,339 yards and 18 TDs. Vista Ridge QB Elway Tubbs has 947 yards passing and six TDs. Neither team has run the ball very effectively this season, with Vista Ridge averaging 108, with Rampart just behind at 107.
WIDEFIELD (0-5) at MESA RIDGE (2-3)
1 p.m. Saturday, C.A. Foster Stadium, Widefield
Last week: Widefield lost at Palmer Ridge, 40-20. Mesa Ridge fell to Pueblo South, 40-0.
The skinny: It's the battle for Widefield on a day that starts with a parade and ends with these rivals duking it out for annual city bragging rights. Last year, Widefield went just 3-7 but rallied for a 27-26 win over a Mesa Ridge team that eventually reached the 4A state semifinals. Mesa Ridge, led by senior RB Tremell Stanley (661 yards), managed just 144 yards of total offense against Pueblo South. Widefield, held out of the end zone in its first three games under first-year coach Brent Cottrell, continued its offensive improvements with three TDs last week after a three-TD showing the week before against Pueblo West.
KEVIN CARMODY, THE GAZETTE