Pine Creek, Rampart fans enjoy football rivalry

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It was a big-time bout between old rivals.

The quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state football playoffs began Friday when District 20 schools Pine Creek and Rampart took the field at District 20 stadium in northeastern Colorado Springs.

Despite a wind chill that cut to the bone in the first half and a snowstorm that covered the field in the second, parents and students of the two schools packed the stadium for the intracity bout.

It was a familiar feeling for the Pine Creek Eagles fans, decked out in green and blue. The top-seeded Eagles came in as the defending state champions, having won the title in three of their past four playoff appearances.

The blue and gold Rams are still relatively new to the playoff scene by comparison, making the postseason for the first time in 15 years last year and making it one step beyond their first-round exit in 2016 this season.

So when the eighth-seeded Rams forced a quick three and out to begin the game and then scored on a 6-yard run from running back Jackson Beale on the ensuing possession, the Rampart student section cheered and tossed confetti like they had won the championship.

"Everybody has been looking forward to this game a lot," Rampart's Damian Lopez said.

"It's a very big deal for us because they are supposed to be this ... ungodly team and the fact that we were able to score first was a huge confidence boost," said Lopez, a junior and a leader in the student cheering section.

Lopez said it's a big rivalry for the Rams who used to share a league with the Eagles before the latter moved to the 4A Southern league at the beginning of the 2016 season.

The Rams didn't score after that however and the defending champs quickly took over the game, leading plenty of chants from the roaring Eagle student section.

Sophomore Kedarian Maul said Pine Creek made a lot of announcements about the game in the mornings all week. It was a common topic of conversation at the school.

"Everyone was talking about it, especially this game we're playing against Rampart. We haven't played them in a while in the playoffs," he said.