Sailors, Panthers meet Friday

Steamboat to play Harrison on new turf

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The Steamboat Springs High School football team begins its postseason with a 7 p.m. Friday game against Harrison High School in Colorado Springs.

The Sailors are 8-2 overall and the No. 3 seed from the Western Slope League. The Panthers are 5-5 overall and the No. 2 seed from the Southern League.

Travel east from Steamboat on U.S. Highway 40.

Turn right (south) onto Colorado Highway 9 in Kremmling.

Turn left (east) onto Interstate 70 toward Denver.

Turn right (southeast) onto I-470.

Exit south on I-25 toward Colorado Springs, and follow to Exit 138 (Circle Drive/Colorado Highway 29).

Turn left (east) onto S. Circle Drive and follow for 0.4 miles.

Turn right (south) onto Janitell Road and follow 0.8 miles to dead end and high school parking lot.

The game is a rare Friday playoff contest. Most playoff games are on Saturdays, but the host school is allowed to pick the time and date. Playing on Friday does have its advantages for Steamboat. The team is following the same weekly game preparation schedule as it did for its regular-season games, of which all but two were played on Fridays.

This week's game is at Memorial Stadium, or District 2 Stadium, on the Harrison High School campus, 2755 Janitell Road in Colorado Springs. Harrison and Sierra share the stadium, but Sierra did not make the playoffs.

The stadium's field is new, Harrison Athletics Director Dave Hogan said. The playing surface is called field turf, a synthetic surface that is becoming more popular among high school and college programs.

The grass is synthetic and is sewn into a rubber backing. When the material is put down, a layer of sand is added to give the field a more authentic grass feeling, Hogan said.

Colorado High School Act--ivities Association passes are the only passes accepted for postseason games. Ticket prices for Friday's game are $5 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for children younger than 12.

The winner of the Steam--boat-Harrison game will play the winner of the Eagle Valley-Cherokee Trail game, which is Saturday afternoon in Gypsum.

Palisade and Rifle, the other two Western Slope League schools in the playoffs, host Centaurus and travel to Northridge, respectively. Those games are Friday night, as well.

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