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Steamboat Springs, Valor Christian high schools field similar teams

Steamboat Springs High School football coaches sit on the bench alongside the field Friday night at Glenwood Springs High School.

If you go

What: No. 4 Steamboat vs. No. 2 Valor Christian, Class 3A state championship

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Legacy Field in Aurora

Tickets: Adults, $8; Students and senior citizens, $6. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium, or in advance by visiting and clicking on the “State Championship Tickets” on the left side of the page.

Getting there: From Steamboat, take U.S. Highway 40 east to Kremmling. In Kremmling, turn south onto Colorado Highway 9 to Silverthorne. Head east on Interstate 70 to Denver, and take exit 261 for West 6th Avenue. After about nine miles, exit onto southbound I-25 toward Colorado Springs. Then merge onto E-470 toward Limon, drive 10 miles, and take exit 10 onto East Smoky Hill Road. After about two miles, turn left onto East Arapahoe Road. Legacy Stadium will be on your left. The total trip from Steamboat should take about 3 1/2 hours in good driving conditions.

Sailors send-off set for today

A community send-off for the Steamboat Springs High School football and cheerleading teams is at 12:15 p.m. Friday along Maple and Third streets in downtown Steamboat. Both teams are headed off to state.

The football team vies for the Class 3A state championship at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Valor Christian at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. The cheerleaders compete at 6:08 p.m. Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.

For the send-off, fans are asked to line Maple and Third Streets near the high school to show their support. The teams will leave at 12:15 p.m. today. People should start lining up by noon.

According to high school Athletic Director Luke DeWolfe, fans attending Saturday’s football game are only allowed to bring professionally done banners and signs. No noisemakers are allowed inside the stadium.

3 key questions

Which of Class 3A’s best quarterbacks will have the best game?

Steamboat’s Austin Hinder and Valor’s Brock Berglund are the two best quarterbacks in the classification and two of the top signal-callers in the state, regardless of school size. Berglund has combined for 39 touchdowns on the season, while Hinder has accounted for 37. The game might well come down to which quarterback more efficiently limits his turnovers.

Speaking of turnovers, which team wins the turnover battle?

Valor has created 16 more turnovers than it has given up. Steamboat is plus-26 in turnovers. A game of this magnitude could very well come down to who wins the turnover battle. So far this season, Steamboat hasn’t played a game in which it has lost the turnover battle.

Does Steamboat or Valor do a better job of embracing the big game?

Each team certainly has played — and won — big games during the season. For Valor, it was two matchups with D’Evelyn and its trek through the playoffs. Steamboat beat Palisade and Glenwood on its way to a league title before dominating in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Which team handles the bright lights better? Steamboat is more experienced, but Valor’s coaching staff has coached on the biggest prep football stage.