Pine Creek has definitely seen the video.
You know the one. Where Falcon junior Isaiah Fields tells The Gazette that Pine Creek isn’t going to beat the Falcons.
On Saturday, Falcon will host Pine Creek in the Class 4A state football semifinals. The winner heads to Sports Authority Field in Denver – home of the Broncos – to play for the 4A state championship. The loser goes home to bemoan getting so close.
The Eagles (12-0) are defending state champions and riding a 23-game unbeaten streak. They haven’t lost to another 4A team since Oct. 19, 2012.
When asked if they had seen the video a number of Pine Creek players groaned their assent at Tuesday’s practice. They most definitely had seen the video.
The Falcons (8-4) and Eagles have met every year since 2010. Pine Creek is 5-0 in those head-to-head matchups, including a 34-28 overtime victory this season, where the Falcons led late in the game.
Following last week’s upset victory over Pueblo South, Falcon defensive back Fields, who had three interceptions against the Colts, predicted a Falcon victory.
“We played Pine Creek already, lost Week 1 to them in overtime,” Fields said. “Honestly, this game is ours. Pine Creek’s going to come into this game with the mentality that they’re going to win. They’re not going to win. We’re going to take this game to Pine Creek.”
When asked about that video interview, Pine Creek offensive lineman Sam Long shrugged it off.
“Try not to respond,” Long said. “We all have our own opinions. I just think it’s going to be a good game and I’ll just leave it at that.”