VISTA RIDGE (2-1) at PINE CREEK (1-2)
7 p.m. Friday, District 20 Stadium
Last week: Vista Ridge beat Cheyenne Mountain 28-13. Pine Creek lost at Columbine 28-7.
The skinny: Pine Creek had an all-5A nonleague schedule and put up 6.2 yards per rush but went minus-5 in turnover ratio in consecutive losses to Lakewood and Columbine, failing to force a turnover in either. Vista Ridge, which beat Pine Creek for the first time in school history in last season's league opener, is coming off wins over Palmer Ridge and Cheyenne Mountain following a road loss at Montrose. Vista Ridge sophomore Elway Tubbs leads area quarterbacks with 881 yards on 64-of-97 passing with six TDs but also has five INTs. Scott Savage leads a balanced Pine Creek attack with 211 yards on just 23 carries.
RAMPART (1-2) at FALCON (3-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Falcon High School
Last week: Rampart fell to Lewis-Palmer in overtime 34-31. Falcon blasted George Washington 54-0.
The skinny: Rampart enters its league opener reeling after losing a 21-7 halftime lead Sept. 13 at Lewis-Palmer for its second straight loss following a season-opening victory. Meanwhile, not much has slowed Falcon, which is outscoring opponents 109-7. Falcons senior Kalen Ballage has 487 yards rushing with four TDs to go with two receiving scores and two more on special teams. Rams QB Cameron Hacker has 639 passing yards with nine TDs and two INTs.
MESA RIDGE (2-1) at CANON CITY (2-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Canon City High School
Last week: Mesa Ridge beat Air Academy 28-3. Canon City downed Liberty 29-3.
The skinny: Two of the area's top teams meet right away in this Foothills League opener. After allowing two early TDs at Sierra on Sept. 6, Mesa Ridge hasn't allowed a touchdown in the ensuing seven-plus quarters. Meanwhile, Canon City rebounded off a season-opening loss at Rampart with a three-point victory over Elizabeth, then kept it rolling last week. While Mesa Ridge has relied on a strong rushing attack with Tremell Stanley (425 yards, three TDs), Canon has found success through the air with QB Logan Nethercot (385 yards, three TDs).
PUEBLO EAST (2-2) at CORONADO (4-0)
1 p.m. Saturday, Garry Berry Stadium
Last week: East fell to South 21-7 in the Cannon Game. Coronado won on the road at Pueblo Central 43-12.
The skinny: Coronado won five games last year. Before that, one has to count five-plus seasons combined to get to five wins. The remarkable turnaround continues as the Cougars, armed with an offense averaging 289 yards rushing, combined with a defense that has allowed only four TDs while forcing eight turnovers, try to stay unbeaten. Cougars RBs Isaiah Duvall and Austin Micci have teamed for more than 800 yards and nine TDs.
HERITAGE (1-2) at DOHERTY (3-0)
6 p.m. Saturday, Garry Berry Stadium
Last week: Heritage fell to Valor Christian 49-7. Doherty routed Castle View 42-2.
The skinny: Doherty, which won four games combined from 2010-12, can equal that by continuing its trend of fast starts. The Spartans have scored at least 21 points in the first half of all three games. They haven't let up, either, with a 70-27 advantage in the second half. Doherty senior RB Zach Young leads all Colorado rushers with 705 yards (10.2 per carry) and 14 touchdowns. A big part of that lies with success in the passing game, where senior QB Evan Powell has thrown for 599 yards and four TDs.