GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The Grand Junction Tigers may be out Jack Parsons due to a season-ending torn ACL (he will undergo surgery on Thursday), but the team is ready to pick up and stay strong this Friday against Columbine in round two of the 5A state playoffs.
In 2012, the Tigers faced the Rebels in the first round, and it was a game that left a sour taste in their mouth.
They fell short, 37-20, but turnovers and simple mistakes put the night in Columbine's hands - knocking Junction off the board.
This time around the Tigers feel much more prepared and aren't ready to give away their run into the state championship.
"Everybody's getting a little nervous," said senior Kaleb Johnson. "We're getting to round two playoffs, but everybody's getting ready, everyone's prepared, focusing up because we want to come out and win this game, go onto the next round."
"I think we have a lot of weapons on offense, so that helps us, and on defense it's just rallying to the ball and who wants it," said senior Dion Martinez.
Grand Junction enters as a 10-seed set to face 7-seed Columbine this Friday night at 7:00 PM at Columbine High School.