Football: Capsule look at Eaglecrest vs. Chatfield

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CLASS 5A FIRST ROUND STATE PLAYOFF MATCHUP

N0. 22 EAGLECREST (5-4) vs. NO. 11 CHATFIELD (6-3) 

Nov. 3, Jeffco Stadium, 1 p.m.

BREAKDOWN: Eaglecrest and Chatfield play each other for the first time since the 2005-06 regular season, when Eaglecrest escaped with a 18-17 victory. Chatfield won when the teams met the season before. …EAGLECREST: The Raptors are in the 5A playoffs for the first time under coach Mike Schmitt and will play a postseason contest for the first time since 2009-10, when they lost in the second round to Regis Jesuit. Thanks to a two-game losing skid, Eaglecrest had to rally from a 21-point deficit against Cherry Creek in its season finale to get into the postseason and it did so by scoring the final 22 points in a 29-28 victory at Stutler Bowl. …The Raptors love to run the ball with the tandem of seniors Ryan Willey and Greyson Hoffman, who have each carried the ball 100 times or more and scored seven touchdowns apiece. Hoffman has 733 yards rushing, while Willey has 662. Quarterback Adan Soto has improved steadily throwing the football and found senior wide receiver Sean Watkins for two big touchdown passes in the win over Cherry Creek. Soto has 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns passing, while Watkins is his leading target with 28 catches for 403 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Aaric Witt has added 21 catches for 309 yards and 3 scores. Defensively, University of Wyoming commitment Xavier Lewis has averaged nearly nine tackles per game and leads a ballhawking secondary that includes Watkins and Cameron Grove. …CHATFIELD: The Chargers — who haven’t won in the playoffs since the 2007-08 season — have split their last four games and ended the regular season with a 40-28 loss to No. 5 Arapahoe. …Chatfield thrives on the running game and has rushed for more than 2,000 yards on the season, with more than half — 1,043 — coming from junior Brendan Murphy, who had 232 yards and two TDs in the loss to Arapahoe. Mason Brozovich and Michael Harris also carry the ball significantly for the Chargers. Quarterback Kyle Winkler rarely goes to the air and has just 749 yards passing with four touchdowns. Defensively, linebackers Patrick Elsenbast and Davis Deponte both average more than 10 tackles per game. …The winner plays either No. 6 Chaparral or No. 27 Rock Canyon in the second round.

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