Cyclones hold Power Five top spot, Hornets enter rankings

After a dominant Pigskin Classic win in which it defeated rival Pueblo County 29-3, Pueblo West retains its spot atop the latest Pueblo Preps Power Five rankings.

However, County largely hung with the Cyclones for the duration of the game, playing largely mistake-free football against one of the top 4A teams in the state, and the Hornets leapfrog Centennial to make to No. 5 in the rankings. Last week, the Bulldogs lost to Sand Creek 42-27, a team that did not win a game in 2018.

South remained in the No. 2 spot, knocking off another 3A power in Erie, then the 4th-ranked team in the state, by a score of 28-10. Again, the Colts’ offense went off, led by tailback George Longoria. He followed up a week-one 180-yard, two touchdown performance with a 170-yard, two score game against Erie.

East got back to its winning ways, outlasting Longmont, a team on the cusp of a ranking in 4A, 26-22, to retain the No. 3 spot. The Eagles needed a last-second tackle to keep the Trojans out of the end zone in order to preserve the win. The victory sets up a doozy, as the Eagles tangle with Palmer Ridge Friday in a rematch of last season’s 3A state championship.

Central retained the No. 4 spot with an impressive 34-7 beating of Falcon in its season-opener at Dutch Clark Stadium.

Note on rankings: Power rankings rank local teams across all classifications. As such, 4A teams are generally considered stronger than 3A teams, 3A stronger than 2A, etc.

Pueblo Preps Power Five Football Rankings (Sept. 9, 2019)

1Pueblo West4A2-014th (4A)
2South3A2-026th (3A)
3East3A1-138th (3A)

Pueblo Preps provides coverage of high school sports in Pueblo County.

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