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Photos: Mancos headed to state football finals for rematch with Haxtun

Broc Imel and Kaiden Wyatt celebrate after the Bluejays' victory over Lyons on Nov. 18, 23.
Bluejays beat No. 4 Lyons 44-22

This year’s Colorado’s Eight-Man Football State Championship will feature No. 1 Mancos and No. 3 Haxtun.

Mancos has never won a state football title. Haxtun will be playing for the ninth championship, which would tie Revere for the fifth-most football titles in the Colorado High School Activities Association, CHSAA said.

Mancos advanced to the final game by defeating No. 4 Lyons, 44-22, and Haxtun advanced by beating No. 2 Simla, 30-12.

Earlier this year, Haxtun scored on a last-minute interception on Sept. 16 to beat Mancos 28-22 in Fairplay.

In that game, Mancos posted a second-half rally and had No. 1 Haxtun on the ropes, only to see the Bulldogs score twice in the final three minutes, including a tiebreaking interception and return on the game’s final play, to steal a breathtaking 28-22 win over the Bluejays.

On Nov. 27, 2021, Haxtun beat Mancos 40-0 for the state championship.