Centauri, Sanford, Sierra Grande football teams in playoff action on Saturday


ALAMOSA – Three San Luis Valley high school football teams will be in state quarterfinal action in their respective classifications on Saturday. All three games will kick off at 1 p.m.

Here is a look at each of the three playoff games.

CENTAURI (9-0) AT YUMA (6-4)

The second-seeded Centauri Falcons will make the trip to the Front Range to take on 10th-seeded Yuma in the Class 1A playoffs.

The Falcons advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Peyton 45-6, and the Indians defeated Strasburg 35-20.

Centauri continues to have a well-balanced offense as it has 1,908 rushing yards and 1,284 passing yards. Senior quarterback Byron Shawcroft has completed 70 out of 97 passes for a 72 percent completion average. He has also accumulated 1,233 yards and he has thrown 17 touchdowns. Shawcroft’s top target is senior Baron Holman with 26 receptions for 527 yards and nine touchdowns. Sophomore Deven Brady has 20 catches for 349 yards and six touchdowns, senior Zach Buhr has 11 receptions for 173 yards, and senior Peyton Polzin has 11 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Mason Claunch still continues to lead the Falcons’ ground game with 570 yards on 57 carries with 12 touchdowns, however, he has missed the last three games with an injury. Brady has 554 yards on 39 carries and eight touchdowns, Buhr has 355 yards on 65 carries and eight touchdowns, and Shawcroft has 223 yards on 44 carries and five touchdowns.

Buhr is the leading tackler with 79, followed by Claunch with 60, and Baron Holman with 50. Shawcroft leads in sacks with 3 ½, and Baron Holman, Claunch and Buhr each have three interceptions.

The Indians are led on offense by senior quarterback Clay Robinson. He has completed 23 out of 60 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns, and he also leads the team in rushing with 1,586 yards on 197 carries and he has scored 18 touchdowns. Senior Yahir Trejo is also a running threat as he has 594 yards on 119 carries and he has scored seven touchdowns. Junior Daman Thornton is Yuma’s top receiver with nine receptions for 158 yards. Junior Jesus Ross has eight catches for 174 yards.

On defense, junior Kallen Blach is Yuma’s leading tackler with 81, followed by senior John Smith with 54. Junior Victor Perez is the sacks leader with three, and Smith leads in interceptions with five.

The teams have two common opponents in Strasburg and Wray. Both teams defeated Strasburg with Centauri winning 48-3 and Yuma winning 35-20. The Falcons defeated Wray 28-14, while the Indians lost to the Eagles 13-7.

GRANADA (8-1) VS. SIERRA GRANDE (9-0)

The sixth-seeded Sierra Grande Panthers will be at home to face the third-seeded Granada Bobcats in 6-man action.

The game will be played in Mosca.

Sierra Grande held off a late Branson/Kim rally by a score of 39-36 to advance to the quarterfinals. Granada defeated Hi-Plains 52-14.

Senior quarterback Isiah Chairez is the Panthers’ offensive leader has he has completed 58 out of 82 passes for 971 yards and 22 touchdowns., He also leads the team in rushing with 697 yards on 42 carries and he has scored 14 touchdowns. Junior Angelo Lucero is also a running threat as he has 313 yards on 51 carries and he has scored eight touchdowns. Lucero is the leading receiver with 16 catches for 255 yards and five touchdowns. Senior C.J. Nix has 12 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns, senior Matthew Martinez has 10 catches for 181 yards and six touchdowns, and senior Lennie Valdez has nine receptions for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

On defense, sophomore Tyler Kester leads in tackles with 66, followed by Valdez with 65. Martinez is the sacks leader with three. Chairez leads in interceptions with seven.

Granada is led by the Coleman brothers – senior quarterback Dominic and freshman receiver Maddox. Dominic has completed 69 out of 97 passes for 1,710 yards and 33 touchdowns, while Maddox has 37 receptions for 1,130 yards and 22 touchdowns. Sophomore Jonus Guevara is the rushing leader with 201 yards on 28 carries and five touchdowns.

Defensively, Maddox Coleman leads in tackles with 63, followed by junior Bailey Hernandez with 52, and Dominic Coleman with 48. Hernandez and junior Luis Cano both have three sacks, and Dominic Coleman leads in interceptions with five, followed by Maddox Coleman with two.

The teams have two common opponents – Cotopaxi and Branson/Kim. Sierra Grande defeated Cotopaxi 56-0, while Granada defeated the Pirates 52-14. The Panthers have two wins against Branson/Kim by scores of 51-8 and 39-36, while Granada scored a 72-22 win over the Bearcats.

VAIL CHRISTIAN (10-0) AT SANFORD (6-4)

The 11th-seeded Sanford Indians will host the third-seeded Vail Christian Saints in an 8-man quarterfinal.

The Indians defeated Sedgwick County 36-18 on the road last Saturday, while the Saints defeated Pikes Peak Christian 46-14.

Statistics for Sanford are unavailable.

Leading the Vail Christian offense is junior quarterback Taylor Shull who has completed 80 out of 134 passes for 1,475 yards and 20 touchdowns. Shull’s top targets are senior Vincent Nowicki with 32 receptions for 488 yards and six touchdowns, and senior Jeffrey Hall with 24 catches for 542 yards and seven touchdowns. Nowicki is also Vail Christian’s leading rusher with 671 yards on 82 carries and six touchdowns, and Shull is next with 609 yards on 63 carries and seven touchdowns. Senior Peter Mills has 371 yards on 62 carries and six touchdowns.

On defense, Nowicki leads in tackles with 21. Mills has two sacks.

The teams have no common opponents this season.

Sanford is hoping to continue a revenge tour that started last week with the Indians avenging a 42-0 loss to Sedgwick County on Oct. 23 with a 36-18 win last week. Sanford and Vail Christian met on Sept. 24 with the Saints winning 36-22 on their home field.

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