First things first.
Who are the Far Northeast Warriors? Well, they’re the team Fossil Ridge is hosting for a 6 p.m. Thursday football game at French Field.
The name is confusing, though. Far Northeast (FNE) is a co-op team to cover sports that were once part of the now-defunct Montbello High School.
FNE’s name comes from being on the northeast side of Denver, and its teams are made up of players from many different smaller schools that took students after Montbello was closed.
And now FNE (2-6, 0-3) and Fossil Ridge (5-3, 1-2) are Mount Elbert Conference foes. Lesson over, now onto the keys to the game.
To win, Far Northeast must: Slow Fossil Ridge’s attack. The SaberCats offense can be excellent, with a pounding rushing attack and deep throws to Donovan Murphree.
Fossil Ridge has battled inconsistency, so FNE will look to cause frustration early to try and stay in the game and pull the upset.
To win, Fossil Ridge must: Ignore the big picture. The SaberCats have lost control of their destiny and are likely going to miss out on the playoffs. But worrying about the RPI formula won’t do any good. This team is still looking to finish strong and a victory on senior night would give Fossil Ridge the most wins in a season since moving to 5A in 2010.
Three Fossil Ridge players (Dylan Johnston, Brady Russell and Nathan Meyer) are in the top seven in sacks in 5A and Ryan Cronin is tied for fourth with four interceptions. They’ll look to feast on an FNE offense averaging just 17.5 points per game. The Warriors haven’t scored more than 14 points in conference play.
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Far Northeast at Fossil Ridge, 6 p.m. Thursday at French Field
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