FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016
DENVER BRONCOS FOOTBALL CLUB
DENVER — For the 12th consecutive year, Sports Authority Field at Mile High will host the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) 4A and 5A football championship games, presented by The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in partnership with CHSAA and the Denver Broncos, on Saturday.
“Championship Saturday XII” will begin with Broomfield High School against Pine Creek High School in the 4A championship game at 11 a.m.
The 5A Championship Game at 2:30 p.m. will feature defending 5A champion Valor Christian High School against Pomona High School—a rematch of last season’s 5A state title game. The matchup between Valor Christian and Pomona marks the first time since 1955 (Longmont High School and Grand Junction High School) the same large class schools will play each other in consecutive championship games.
Please see below for team capsules for the 4A and 5A State Championship Game participants:
Broomfield High School enters the 4A championship game with an 11-2 record, having defeated Heritage High School 27-14 in the first round of the playoffs, Ponderosa High School 61-32 in the quarterfinals and Windsor High School 25-13 in the semifinals. This marks the first appearance in the title game for the school since 2001 and its seventh state championship game appearance. Broomfield is led by first-year head coach Blair Hubbard.
Pine Creek High School also enters the championship game with an 11-2 record. The school most recently won the 4A state title in 2014 following a 45-20 victory over Longmont High School. Pine Creek has reached the championship game four times, coming away victorious twice (2014, 2013). Led by head coach Tom Miller, Pine Creek topped Pueblo South 42-10 in round one, Greeley West 28-9 in the quarterfinals and Chatfield High School 28-14 in the semifinals.
Pomona High School, coached by Jay Madden, boasts a 12-1 record entering Saturday’s 5A championship. The Panthers have reached the title game five times, having won their sole championship in 1988. Pomona topped Bear Creek High School 42-26 in the first round, Columbine High School 42-21 in the quarterfinals and Regis Jesuit 24-7 in the semifinals to reach the finals for the second consecutive season. Pomona defeated Valor Christian 23-16 on Sept. 23.
Valor Christian High School is entering its seventh consecutive state championship game, having won six of those seven games. The Eagles faced Pomona in the 2015 championship game, topping the Panthers 29-26 to take the title. Coached by Rod Sherman, Valor Christian enters the championship game with a 10-3 record having defeated Cherokee Trail 42-0 in the first round, Grandview High School 66-35 in the quarterfinals and Cherry Creek High School 10-7 in the semifinals.