SAN LUIS VALLEY—It’s always exciting for fans when the football schedule for the final week includes several head-to-head matchups that will determine league championship and playoff positioning. That’s the case in Class 1A where only one of the six potential conference winners has been determined. That one team is Yuma who clinched the North Central championship with their overtime win against Cornerstone Christian last week. The remaining five champions will be crowned either Friday or Saturday.
With so many important games on the schedule it’s difficult to choose where to start but we begin down south where you can almost hear the excitement coming from the San Luis Valley. That’s because Saturday finally brings No. 6 Centauri and No.7 Monte Vista together on the same field. This contest has been widely anticipated since the start of the season and neither team has done much to dim the excitement. Both have been dominant in league play. Centauri is averaging 55.3 points per game in league play and has scored at least 45 points in each contest. They’ve given up only 7.5 points over that same span. Monte Vista’s offensive numbers (41.0 points per game) are a bit lower but their defensive stats are better (3.5) plus they’ve posted two shutouts.
Offensive skill talent is abundant on both teams. Centauri’s offense is paced by KC Jarvies who has thrown 1,197 yards and 15 touchdowns compared to just four interceptions. His favorite target is Cody McCarroll with 23 receptions for 452 yards and six scores. The running game is paced by Jason Buhr (768 yards) and Jared Aziz (696) who have combined for 23 touchdowns. Buhr has also chipped in with 20 catches and six more scores.
Monte Vista counters with the dual threat Michael Sanchez at quarterback. The senior is over 1,000 yards passing with 20 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions. He’s also added 300 yards on the ground. Sanchez is averaging 15 yards per completion with the duo of Daniel Borunda (22 catches) and Matt Vanderpool (17) leading the downfield passing game with a combined 13 scores. Jacob Vance (416) and Brenan Ramirez (372) top the ground game.
The league championship and a guaranteed first round playoff game at home goes to the winner so there’s plenty on the line. The loser however still has a very good shot at hosting an opening playoff game as well depending on what happens elsewhere. In 2012, the Pirates defended their home field and won the title. Kick off for the game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Centauri High School.
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