CANON CITY (4-2, 2-1) at PUEBLO SOUTH (5-1, 3-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Dutch Clark Stadium
Last week: Canon City shut down Pueblo West, 14-7. South routed Pueblo Centennial, 56-20.
The skinny: Don't look now, but South, which had won just three of its previous 20 games, is now the team to beat in the 4A Foothills. The Colts suffered a Week 2 loss to Falcon but have dominated league opponents, averaging more than 42 points per game. More impressively, its defense has kept four of its six opponents in single digits. Canon City, two spots out of a 4A playoff spot as dictated by CHSAA's wild-card points, beat South, 22-21 a year ago.
PINE CREEK (4-2, 3-0) at SAND CREEK (5-1, 2-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Sand Creek High School
Last week: Pine Creek rallied past Falcon, 29-13. Sand Creek dominated Air Academy, 42-6.
The skinny: Pine Creek is undefeated against 4A competition, last week scoring the game's final 21 points in a win at Falcon for the Eagles' third straight victory. Sand Creek lost its league opener to Falcon and has dropped six in a row in the battle of the Creeks. Senior QB Micheal DeCarmo has accounted for 22 of his team's 31 touchdowns this season with 948 yards rushing and 709 yards through the air.
FALCON (5-1, 2-1) at PONDEROSA (4-2, 3-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Sports Authority Stadium, Parker
Last week: Falcon lost to Pine Creek, 29-13. Ponderosa held off Liberty, 26-10.
The skinny: Quietly, Ponderosa has run off a four-game winning streak and is running neck and neck with Pine Creek atop the 4A Pikes Peak League standings. The Mustangs certainly will be tested by a Falcon team coming off its first loss of the season. Last year, Ponderosa shut out Falcon, 3-0. Senior QB Justin Barron finished last week's game for Falcon after starter Austin Worbington suffered an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter.
PUEBLO EAST (3-3, 1-0) at TCA (4-2, 1-0)
7 p.m. Friday, The Classical Academy
Last week: East routed Pueblo County, 51-16. TCA took care of Harrison, 42-14.
The skinny: Remember this one from last year? East does. The Eagles had a seemingly comfortable 33-16 lead late in the fourth quarter before the Titans scored 21 points in less than two minutes to steal a 37-33 victory. The winner of Friday's game takes the early inside track to the South Central title and an automatic playoff berth. Eight different Titans have rushed for TDs this season, led by Andrew Register's six.
LAMAR (5-1, 3-1) at MANITOU SPRINGS (6-0, 4-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Manitou Springs High School
Last week: Lamar lost at Florence, 50-26. Manitou Springs knocked off Dolores Huerta Prep, 28-8.
The skinny: Manitou continues its historic start with a home game against Lamar, which cooled off at Florence last week following a 5-0 start. The Mustangs won seven games all of last season, and while they beat Lamar 13-8 last year, have dropped six of their past nine to the Savages. Manitou's defense, which has allowed only six touchdowns all season, has created 16 turnovers and is plus-11 overall.