AURORA | The discussion since the advent of the controversial “waterfall” alignment for Class 5A football two seasons ago bore fruit Thursday at the Colorado High School Activities’ football committee meeting. The experiment that reclassified teams with little to no history with each other into divisions — which created logistical challenges, hurt attendance and sacrificed district and neighborhood rivalries — came to an end and a return to a more traditional set up is now favored by the football committee.
DENVER | Photo gallery from the 2017 Class 5A state football championship game played between Eaglecrest and Pomona on Dec. 2, 2017, at Mile High Stadium.
DENVER | Forty-nine points would have been enough to win 23 of the 25 Class 5A state football championship games since Eaglecrest won its state title in 1993. Unfortunately for the Raptors, one of the two instances when it wasn’t enough came Saturday night, when Pomona put up 56 points at Mile High Stadium to beat Eaglecrest 56-49 in the highest-scoring 5A state championship game in history.
AURORA | A capsule look at the 2017 Class 5A state football championship game matchup between No. 2 Eaglecrest and No. 4 Pomona.
For the past two seasons, the Eaglecrest football team has been determined to control its own fate on the field. Since the Raptors missed out on the 2015 Class 5A state playoffs because of the effect of another team’s transgressions, they’ve worked to be the author of their own story.
AURORA | Photo gallery from the Class 5A state football semifinal contest between second-seeded Eaglecrest and third-seeded Columbine played on Nov. 25, 2017, at Legacy Stadium.
AURORA | The last bit of adversity the Grandview football team faced in 2017 turned out to be the only thing it couldn’t overcome. Coach John Schultz’s Wolves lost four of its top players — two on both sides of the ball — to injury and suffered through a rare two-game losing streak earlier in the year, only to work their way into Class 5A’s semifinals for the sixth time in program history.
AURORA | A capsule look at the 2017 Class 5A state football semifinal matchup between No. 4 Pomona and No. 8 Grandview.
AURORA | A capsule look at the 2017 Class 5A state football semifinal matchup between No. 3 Columbine and No. 2 Eaglecrest.
AURORA | The four teams left standing in the Class 5A state football playoffs — half of which hail from the city — will share the same field Nov. 25. Second-seeded Eaglecrest and eighth-seeded Grandview both won their quarterfinals and with both set to be the host team for the semifinal round, the Cherry Creek School District set up a doubleheader at Legacy Stadium.