The start of the Class 1A 6-man state football playoffs got underway with first-round games last weekend.
Three of the four teams in the area advanced with victories.
The #3 seed Granada Bobcats were big winners over the #14 Briggsdale Falcons, 89-32, at Manuel Gonzales Field on Friday, Nov. 4.
The Eads Eagles took care of business with 75-26 triumph at North Park under chilly and snowy conditions on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The #4 Cheyenne Wells Tigers whipped #13 Cotopaxi, 70-25, at home on Saturday.
The #10 Cheraw Wolverines saw their season end with a 31-8 loss to #7 Genoa-Hugo on Saturday.
The Granada Bobcats kicked off the start of the 6-man state playoffs with a home game against the Briggsdale Falcons on Friday night, Nov. 4.
Granada held just an 8-0 lead after the first quarter before the Bobcats blew the game wide open to coast to an 89-32 triumph.
“Our first playoff game went well for us,” stated Granada head coach Traegon Marqez. “It was one of the first times we are playing with a mostly healthy team since our Week 2 loss to Stratton. Our offense was clicking on all cylinders with everyone contributing. Defensively, we played really well in the first half to get us a comfortable lead and we had a ton of takeaways!”
Leading by just 8-0 after the first quarter, Granada got things clicking to outscore the visitors, 40-14, in the second quarter and build a big 48-14 lead at halftime.
At the end of third quarter, the Bobcats expanded their lead to 70-32.
In the fourth quarter, the Falcons were held scoreless while Granada tacked on two more scores to bring the final to 89-32.
Maddox Coleman saw some playing time at quarterback and completed 8-of-11 passes for 96 yards and 5 TDs with no interception.
Regular starting quarterback Brandon Gonzales completed 5-of-8 passes for 92 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception.
Seven different receivers caught at least one pass.
Coleman was the leading receiver with 2 catches for 61 yards and 1 TD.
‘Big John’ Hainer followed with 3 catches for 43 yards and 2 TDs.
Oryan Hainer added 1 catch for 40 yards; Jonus Guevara 2 catches for 29 yards and 1 TD; Brandon Gonzales had 2 catches for 17 yards and 1 TD; Terence Hainer had 2 catches for 18 yards and 1 TD; and Javier Tejada had 1 catch for 10 yards.
On the ground, the Bobcats finished the night with 244 yards rushing.
Coleman carried the ball 7 times for 80 yards.
Guevara followed with 6 carries for 77 yards and 2 TDs and J. Hainer rushed the ball 5 times for 58 yards and 1 TD and Adolfo Garcia had 1 carry for a 19-yard TD.
Coleman sparked the defense with 7 solo tackles. O. Hainer had 6 tackles, Luis Cano. 6, T. Hainer 5, and J. Hainer 4.
The Bobcats had 3 interceptions with Guevara, Gonzales, and J. Hainer with 1 pick each. Guevara also had 1 fumble recovery.
Guevara ended the night with 4 TDs including 2 rushing, 1 receiving, and 1 on a 48-yards kick off return.
Jose Sanchez kicked 8-of-8 PAT kicks.
Looking ahead to the quarterfinals, #3 Granada (7-3) will host the #6 Arickaree Indians (8-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.
“We will face a tough matchup with Arickaree,” said Coach Marquez. “They have a lot of team speed and athletes that spread the field. I feel good about our matchup and being at home playing in front of our fans is something our guys look forward to.”
“We’ll lean on our experience and our size,” added Marquez. “We feel good about our matchup and we just need to execute the fundamentals. One missed tackle turns into a quick score. It’s the fun and frustrating part of six-man football.”