ALAMOSA — With the new week comes some shuffling in the unofficial RPI rankings on CHSAA.com. The playoffs still a ways off there is plenty of time for jostling and jockeying for position to lengthen ones season.
The Moose (3-1-0) have been enjoying a few non-league games lately picking up two wins over Mitchell (0-4-0) and Lamar (1-3-0). Despite the two-game winning streak Alamosa still finds themselves two spots out of playoff contention.
To compound things the Moose have their work cut out for them going forward. This weekend Alamosa travels to face No. 5 Bayfield, two weeks later they’ll be on the road again against No. 4 Salida and they’ll close the season at home against No. 11 Pagosa Springs.
With their second straight win the Falcons (3-1-0) are hitting their stride at the midway point in the season. The latest coming in a one sided win over Buena Vista (2-2-0) now ranked eighth. The Falcons will play their final home game of the season this weekend when they host league opponent Center (3-1-0) for Homecoming.
Their first year back Center (3-1-0) has been taking full advantage building steam as they prepare to open their league schedule. Led on offense by senior Cosme Cordova the Vikings will be facing Centauri for the Falcon homecoming this weekend.
The boys from Sanford (4-0-0) have been on the warpath. The high paced offense and stingy defense have continually come through in the clutch. Things continue to look up. Sanford opened the season with a big win over McClave (2-2-0) and recently knocked off fellow top-ten ranked team Norwood (3-2-0). This week Sanford will travel to meet No. 13 Custer County.
Things have been turned upside down for the Farmers (2-2-0). Sargent will be fighting an uphill battle as the season wears on. A valuable win against Fowler turn into a forfeit loss and pushed Sargent out of the top 16.
Five spots out now every game counts and games like; No. 7 Norwood this weekend, No. 15 Dove Creek Oct. 12, and No. 5 Sanford to close the season take on a do-or-die feel.
4. Mountain Valley
This weekend Mountain Valley (3-0-0) made it three in a row. On offense Mountain Valley is led by Isiah Wellman. Wellman boasts and astronomical 12 yards per carry and scored 9 of 17 touchdowns on the ground. Moving forward Mountain Valley’s final hurdle looks to be No. 15 Manzanola. Beyond that Mountain Valley’s remaining opponents offer a combined 1-9 record
17. Sierra Grande
On the outside looking in by 0.01 ratings points the Panthers’ (2-2-0) playoff hopes are far from dashed. Sierra Grande is currently sitting behind Walsh. The Panthers need to handle their business against opponents like La Veta, North Park and Cripple Creek-Victor who each are ranked 25th or lower. The Panthers also likely have Oct. 5 circled on the calendar for when Cotopaxi comes to town.
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