Prep football update: Class 2A postseason fields 3 Colorado Springs-area teams

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Photo - The TCA Titans hosted the Manitou Mustangs in boys' football action on Friday, October 28, 2016 at The Classical Academy. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
The TCA Titans hosted the Manitou Mustangs in boys' football action on Friday, October 28, 2016 at The Classical Academy. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

An update on high school football in the Colorado Springs area:

Class 2A postseason fields three area teams

The Classical Academy treated Friday's 59-34 win over Manitou Springs like a playoff game.

"Now there's even more urgency," Titans coach David Bervig said.

TCA (8-1) was awarded a three seed in the 2A postseason brackets, which were released Sunday morning. The Titans begin with Bervig's alma mater, No. 14 Alamosa (5-4), this weekend.

"That's kind of fun," he said. "I learned there, my dad was mayor there for 24 years, so it's definitely home for me."

TCA was a double-digit winner in eight games this season. Its lone hiccup came in a three-point loss to top-seed La Junta on a last-second Hail Mary on Sept. 30.

"Everyone is good in the postseason," Bervig said.

Florence (5-4) and Manitou Springs (6-3) are also in.

The No. 12 Huskies will face five-seed Bayfield (7-2), the defending 2A champ. The 13-seed Mustangs have No. 4 Sterling (6-3).

Florence beat Manitou Springs but lost to La Junta and TCA in the final three weeks of the season. The Mustangs, meanwhile, limped down the stretch with a number of injuries and lost three of four after a 5-0 start.

"We're happy to be in," Manitou Springs coach Cory Archuleta said. "We felt like we deserved to be in after what we did earlier in the season."

Peyton doesn't get favorable seed in 1A

What's an undefeated regular season worth these days?

The 1A state playoff brackets were released Sunday and had the Panthers at No. 5 despite their 9-0 record.

"I don't think anyone is happy with RPI," Peyton coach Richard Deems said. "I felt like we deserved at least a top-four seed. . But right now it's more about who you play and not how you play."

The Panthers appeared to secure a favorable seed with a 26-14 win over Colorado Springs Christian (5-4) Friday. Trystan Hanks and Josh Gonzales rushed for two scores in the win.

Instead, Peyton hosts No. 12 Limon (6-3) this weekend with a possible matchup with four-seed Bennett (8-1) waiting in round two.

Ellicott (5-4), meanwhile, was the last team to make the 16-team field, and faces No. 1 Meeker (9-0).

Pikes Peak Christian back in the postseason

A forfeit wrapped up the Eagles' first league title in program history and ended a 10-year postseason drought.

Pikes Peak Christian (8-1, 5-0 A-8 Central) got the day off Saturday after winless Belleview Christian (0-6, 0-5) declined to play, and on Sunday the Eagles were awarded a six seed for the playoffs.

They will host No. 11 Haxtun (5-4) on Saturday.

"It's like we got a week off before the playoffs," PPC coach Kelvin Thorne said.

"And since we're the smallest team in the field, that's probably not a bad thing."

Doherty falls in RPI after big win

The Spartans (7-2, 3-1 5A Mount Massive) fell three spots to No. 19 in the latest RPI rankings despite their 43-16 win over Overland (2-7, 2-2) on Friday.

Doherty could very well end up 8-2 and not in the playoffs. It ends the regular season with Boulder (1-8, 1-3) Thursday.

Fountain-Fort Carson (3-6), meanwhile, remains in the playoff picture at No. 14.