For now, Eagle Valley is in and Battle Mountain is out
If the football season were to end today, Eagle Valley’s in the playoffs and Battle Mountain is on the outside looking in.
CHSAA issued its first wild-card points list of the season for the fall, and the Devils are 11th overall. More importantly, when one takes out the six 3A conference champions, which will happen after the regular season, Eagle Valley is sitting fifth among the 10 teams that would get at-large bids. For the purposes of this exercise, Discovery Canyon (Southern), Evergreen (Metro North), Lutheran (Colorado 7), Roosevelt (Northern), Pueblo East (South Central) and Rifle (Slope) lead their respective leagues.
The 10 teams that are in, as of now in this order, are Holy Family, Berthoud, Delta, Conifer, Eagle Valley, Canon City, Palisade, Glenwood Springs, Thomas Jefferson and Fort Morgan.
At 5-2, Eagle Valley has three games left (home for Delta, home for Palisade and at Grand Junction Central), and, looking at the above list, those games have serious playoff implications. A win against Delta or Palisade and taking care of business at Central in Week 10 looks like it would please the points system and also bring Eagle Valley to seven wins, usually the magic number against a 3A slate.
Battle Mountain, playing a 2A conference, is No. 24. The Huskies (4-2) are down but by no means out. Competing in a 2A league is hurting the Huskies in the points. No. 23 is Mead (3-4). Pueblo, whom the Huskies happen to play in Week 10, is 25th at 3-4.
On the positive side of the ledger, Battle Mountain controls its own destiny with regard to the 2A Slope North. To make the playoffs, the Huskies must win that league outright and finish in the top 16 in the 3A points ranking. Battle Mountain’s on track on the former and likely has to win its final three games to have a chance for the latter.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.