The Rocky Mountain High School football team got back on track last week.
Now the Lobos hope to start rolling. Rocky Mountain (4-3, 2-3 Front Range League) snapped a mini two-game losing streak by beating Poudre.
Friday at 7 p.m. Rocky Mountain hosts winless Mountain Range (0-7, 0-5 FRL) in the second-to-last game of the regular season.
Why it matters: Rocky Mountain sits 17th in the first edition of wild card points, used to select the 32-team Class 5A playoff field.
The Lobos have a chance to host a first-round playoff game but need to win Friday against Mountain Range and next week at Monarch to keep that hope alive.
To win, Mountain Range must: Force turnovers. It’s really the only way Mountain Range could pull off the upset. The Mustangs won’t be able to completely stop the rushing monster of Rocky Mountain.
The Lobos average 229 yards per game and 5.5 per carry. It’s not likely the Mustangs can stop CadeHairgrove (135 yards per game) and AutryBaskin (62 per game), but forcing multiple turnovers could make the chance for an upset.
To win, Rocky Mountain must: Start fast. Mountain Range’s closest loss was 12 points and the Mustangs haven’t scored more than 14 points in a game all season.
Rocky Mountain needs to put the hammer down right away and not give Mountain Range any hope for an upset. If the Lobos can score a couple touchdowns early, it will put the game away.
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Local Week 8 weekend schedule
Friday: Mountain Range at Rocky Mountain, 7 p.m. Twitter updates: @Kevin_Lytle. Watch: Coloradoan.com
Friday: Fossil Ridge at Fairview, 7 p.m. at Recht Field. Twitter updates: @ColoradoanSpts
Saturday: Resurrection Christian at Cornerstone Christian, 7 p.m. Twitter updates: @ColoradoanSpts