LAKEWOOD — Jeffco football teams are scattered all over the bracket of the 5A CHSAA state football championships starting this weekend.
Pomona, 5A Jeffco’s highest seeded team, will enter the tournament a No. 8 seed and will face No. 25 Fountain-Fort Carson (4-5), likely at North Area Athletic Complex, date and time to be determined.
The Panthers (7-2, 4-1) have a resume that looks as good as any team in the tournament with their two losses coming not only to two undefeated teams in Cherry Creek and Fairview but also by a total of seven points.
“We have a good team, but we will find out if we are a great team in the playoffs,” Pomona coach Jay Madden said.
Pomona certainly has the goods to make a deep run in this tournament.
Three other teams help fill in the opposite side of the 5A bracket with No. 15 Ralston Valley, No. 27 Arvada West and No. 30 Lakewood all scheduled to play this weekend.
The Mustangs (6-3, 3-2) have an intriguing matchup against No. 18 Arapahoe (6-3) in what is expected to be one of the better first round games (likely played at NAAC).
After an appearance in the state title game last season Ralston Valley isn’t as good as they were last year.
However, they still believe they are contenders and could make another run at a state title.
“Our three losses came to two undefeated teams at the time and to a one-loss rival in Pomona,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Loyd said. “I think we are still a pretty good team.”
A-West will be challenged as they face No. 6 Cherokee Trail (7-2) on the road.
The Wildcats (4-5, 2-3) have been streaky this season and are going into the playoffs on a two game losing streak.
However, one of those losses was a 31-20 decision to Pomona in a game where A-West rallied down 17-0 and scored 20 second half points to keep the game interesting. But knocking off Cherokee Trail could be a tall order.
Lakewood is the last 5A Jeffco team in the tournament — barely getting in.
The Tigers (3-6, 2-3) blew out Mullen 41-7 last week to earn a playoff berth but their reward is a meeting at No. 3 Cherry Creek (8-1).
Lakewood’s record is not flattering but four of their six losses came by 10 points or less this season.
And even though they are not as good as the team that went to a state title game a couple seasons ago, they are still a dangerous team.