ALAMOSA, Colo. — Tuesday the CHSAA RPI rankings for fall sports went live, many teams got to see how they stack up against the rest of the league and for some those comparisons were very favorable.
Alamosa (1-1-0) opened their season against 1A Monte Vista (0-2-0). They followed that up with a rough loss to No. 7 La Junta (3-0-0) last Friday. Tuesday’s rankings have Alamosa pegged at No. 25. Alamosa likely won’t be expecting pushovers when they travel to Colorado Springs to meet Mitchell (0-2-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. But comparably things don’t get much easier for Alamosa. Four of the Moose’s next six opponents are currently ranked in the top 20 of 2A football.
As last year’s state championship runners-up, Centauri (1-1-0) was probably tagged as a team to beat this year. The Falcons suffered their first loss of the season against Pagosa Springs (1-2-0) on Friday. Centauri’s first ranking of the year has them as No. 20. They’ll get a prime opportunity to improve on that number this weekend when they play their home opener on Friday against No. 5 Olathe (1-1-0).
Center (1-1-0) earned the 27th spot in 1A football. Their first year back has been something of a rollercoaster. In their first week back they rode high over Lake County with a 31-14 win but last Friday against Olathe they were kept off the scoreboard completely. This Friday the Vikings will look to add another win when they host Trinidad (0-2-0)
2018 looks to be a good year for 8-Man football in the Valley. With a solid win to start the season over Fowler (1-1-0), Sargent’s Farmers have begun to roll with that momentum channeling it into a second win. The RPI rankings favor the Farmer's victories and the strength of schedule as Sargent’s premiere ranking is in a premiere spot. Sargent currently holds the number one spot in 8-Man football.
In the second spot, .08 percentage points behind their league rival sits Sanford (2-0-0). Sanford also opened their season with a big win over a quality opponent. They followed that up with a monster blow out over Swink (1-1-0).
Sargent will be on the road against No. 6 Mancos this weekend while Sanford plays their Homecoming game against Sangre de Cristo. Sargent and Sanford are set on a collision course with playoff implications when they meet Oct. 26th in Sanford.
Things are a little tougher for the valley teams with 6 players on the field. Mountain Valley-Moffat (1-0-0) and Sierra Grande (1-1-0) find themselves ranked 25 and 26 respectively in a class of 30 teams. Mountain Valley picked up their first win via a one sided affair over Primero (0-1-0). Sierra Grande has taken their first by way of forfeit. Sierra Grande will try their hand at Primero this weekend while Mountain Valley hosts No. 12 Cotopaxi.
The Intermountain League is headed up by Alamosa (10-0). The Moose are currently undefeated and hold a one league game advantage over their nearest opponent Bayfield (2-4). Alamosa earned the No. 5 spot overall with their undefeated record.
Following the Moose is league rival Centauri (4-3). Centauri currently holds the 20th spot and is looking to get back into last year’s form. The Falcons will host a league Triangular with Monte Vista and Montezuma-Cortez in attendance this weekend. Alamosa will also be at a league tri in Pagosa against the Pirates and Bayfield.
The Tigers (7-1) are looking good this year with their lone loss coming at the hands of 3A opponent Alamosa. Since then Del Norte has looked unstoppable garnering eighth place in the RPI rankings.
Fellow Southern Peaks Leaguer Sanford (4-3) has also been making a name for themselves. No. 13 Sanford will welcome Custer County on Friday, Del Norte will also be home Friday for a league match against South Park.
Creede’s Miners (3-1) have done well in their relatively shorter season. The Miners opened with three big wins over three local teams and used that to notch themselves into the 15th spot in 1A Volleyball.
With a strong record Sangre de Cristo (6-2) has been fighting for every win their pair of losses both came in higher classes. Despite their impressive record they currently occupy the 19th spot which is informative about the talent in 1A volleyball this year.
Creede goes to La Veta on Friday while Sangre de Cristo will be in Sierra Grande for a league match on Saturday. The T-Birds and Miners will meet in Creede on Sept. 28 for a telling Southern Peaks matchup.