By STEPHEN JIRON
Courier Sports Editor
ALAMOSA — The Fall sports have concluded their regular seasons and from that teams have qualified for regional and state play and are ready to dive into the post season. The San Luis Valley has qualified five teams for State Championship football. Of those two will be hosting in round one.
15. Alamosa (4-4)
Things looked rather dire for the Mean Moose midway through the season. After starting the 3-1, Alamosa suffered a three game skid. Even before the losses the Moose was on the outside looking in occupying the 18th spot. While the losses didn’t help, they were against some of the best 2A has to offer, namely No. 1 Bayfield and No. 5 Salida.
The Wolverine’s and Spartan’s winning percentage likely softened the blow that the losses would have had on Alamosa’s RPI. Then when the Moose faced Pagosa Springs at home for senior week, the huge win proved enough to get Alamosa seeded No. 15. In round one Alamosa will go on the road to face No. 2 Resurrection Christian (9-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 3.
7. Centauri (7-2)
It’s been another productive season for the Centauri Falcons. With their seven wins the Falcons have earned a home playoff game in round one. The Falcons enter the post season with a somewhat bitter taste in their mouths. The forfeit victory over Ignacio likely does little to salve the loss to Florence the week prior.
Thankfully Centauri will get an opportunity to cleanse their palette against their first playoff opponent, Crowley County (7-2). The Falcons will play host to the tenth ranked Crowley County Chargers on Saturday Nov. 3 with things scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
13. Monte Vista (5-4)
It was September 15th, and the Pirates were coming off their third loss in as many weeks. There were some bright spots in the loss as it was the first game Monte Vista was able to reach the endzone. But Monte Vista clearly couldn’t continue like this.
The Pirates tuned some things and got the ball rolling. Monte Vista would close the season as winners of five of their remaining six games. The late surge including a win over Buena Vista catapulted the Pirates into the post season.
Saturday Nov. 3 Monte Vista will travel to face No. 4 Colorado Springs Christian (8-1) at 1 p.m. According to CHSAA’s 2A State Championship bracket the two teams will face off in the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Mountain Lion Stadium.
7. Sargent (7-2)
The Farmers suffered a set back when their hard fought first week win over the Fowler Grizzlies went up in smoke, being recounted as a forfeit. But they were undeterred and closed the season with six straight victories, the final in a highly anticipated bout against league rival Sanford.
While Sanford had an impressive season and finished with a top 16 RPI, they relented their playoff position to No. 20 Front Range Christian, who was a league winner.
With a top eight berth Sargent will host in round one. Friday Nov. 2 the Farmers will welcome No. 10 Holly (7-2) to Monte Vista with kick-off slated for 5 p.m.
9. Mountain Valley (8-0)
Mountain Valley was able to achieve perfection on the 2018 season. Victims to Mountain Valley’s credit include playoff teams like No. 13 Cotopaxi and No. 16 Manzanola (5-3). Despite the undefeated record Mountain Valley still just missed hosting their first post-season game of 2018.
Mountain Valley will face their strongest opponent yet according to RPI when they go on the road to meet eighth ranked Granada (5-4) Saturday Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.