FALCON (8-1, 5-1) at VISTA RIDGE (6-3, 4-2)
7 p.m., Friday, Vista Ridge High School
Last week: Falcon drubbed Liberty 44-3. Vista Ridge held off Sand Creek 31-27.
The skinny: Falcon hopes to secure home field for the first round of the playoffs with a 9-1 regular season, its first such home game since 2010. Vista Ridge, one spot out of a playoff berth, needs a win and help to vault into the top 16 and reach the postseason for a fourth straight season as a varsity program. The Falcons, ranked sixth in wild-card points, are led by senior RB Kalen Ballage, who has rushed for 1,670 yards and 20 TDs. With 2,077 yards, Vista Ridge's Elway Tubbs leads all 4A quarterbacks in Colorado.
GATEWAY (6-3) at DOHERTY (7-2)
7 p.m. Friday, Garry Berry Stadium
Last week: Gateway blanked Adams City 47-0. Doherty shut out Palmer 40-0.
The skinny: No. 22 Gateway has allowed more than 28 points once during the season. Meanwhile, No. 12 Doherty is one of 5A's highest-scoring teams, lighting up the scoreboard for at least 40 points seven times. Senior RB Zach Young leads all Colorado runners with 1,963 yards and 31 TDs and needs 199 yards to pass Craig VanHorn (2,161 in 1999) to become the school's single-season leader.
FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON (4-5) at POMONA (7-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday, North Area Athletic Complex, Arvada
Last week: Fountain-Fort Carson lost at Heritage 21-14. Pomona downed Arvada West 31-20.
The skinny: The Trojans, ranked No. 25, started and ended the regular season with two-game losing streaks. Now, they face No. 9 Pomona, which lost only to Fairview, the top seed of 5A, and Cherry Creek, ranked fourth. Junior RB Drue Harris leads the Trojans with 829 yards and 10 TDs.
JEFFERSON (8-2) at MANITOU SPRINGS (9-0)
1 p.m. Saturday, Richardson Field, Manitou Springs High School
Last week: Jefferson lost 2-0 in a forfeit to Nederland. Manitou rolled over Alamosa 34-0.
The skinny: No. 15 Jefferson was granted a reprieve by CHSAA after initially learning its playoff berth would be nullified since the school broke a rule by scheduling 10 games instead of nine. On Saturday, the Saints, playing up from 1A, meet one of 2A's powers in second-seeded Manitou Springs, which allowed only 56 points, the fewest in 2A, en route to its first 2A Tri-Peaks League title. Saturday's winner could face No. 7 Kent Denver, the reigning 2A state champion, in next weekend's quarterfinals.
STRASBURG (7-2) at FLORENCE (7-2)
1 p.m. Saturday, Florence High School
Last week: Strasburg beat Valley 48-6. Florence routed Trinidad 45-8.
The skinny: Eighth-seeded Florence enters the postseason perhaps under the radar after finishing second to Manitou Springs in the 2A Tri-Peaks for the first time. Last year's state semifinalists won four straight to end the regular season, led by dual-threat QB Zach Hoxie (837 passing yards, 989 rushing yards and 18 combined TDs). Undefeated Brush, seeded No. 1, most likely awaits the winner of this game in the 2A quarterfinals.