The state title defense for the Windsor High School football team starts at home.
The Wizards (7-3) are the No. 8 seed in the Class 4A playoffs and will host No. 9 Pueblo West (7-3) in the first round at 7 p.m .Friday.
The winner advances to the quarterfinals to face the winner of No. 1 Denver South and No. 16 Grand Junction Central.
While Windsor plays on, the season is over for Fort Collins’ four football teams.
At 7-3, Fossil Ridge missed out on the 5A playoffs, even as two 3-7 teams — No. 15 Fountain-Fort Carson and No. 16 Bear Creek — qualified for the 16-team bracket.
Bear Creek beat Fossil Ridge 31-17 in the fourth week of the season, and the SaberCats finished 19th in the final RPI standings. Fossil Ridge had the second most wins of the 5A teams to miss out, but was hurt by having a strength of schedule of 37 (out of 42) in 5A. Doherty (8-2) finished 20th in RPI and missed the postseason, as well.
Poudre (5-5) was 23rd in the final RPI. The Impalas beat qualifier Fountain-Fort Carson during the regular season.
Rocky Mountain (1-9) was 33rd. In 4A, Fort Collins (2-8) was 29th.
Seven division winners automatically make postseason, while the other nine playoff spots go to the top RPI teams.
Windsor is the defending 4A state champion after beating Loveland in the 2015 title game.
Loveland also missed the postseason this year, despite going 9-1. Loveland was in a bracket initially posted by CHSAA on Sunday morning before an error in RPI calculation was found. That led to CHSAA re-working the bracket and Loveland was dropped from the playoffs.
The 2A playoffs started last week and No. 2 Resurrection Christian (10-0) won in the first round. The Cougars will play at No. 10 Delta in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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