For BHS, a lot has changed ... not the end result

Wolverines, behind new coach, earn the No. 3 seed in the playoffs

TJ Pazell sports the Bayfield Wolverines’ playoff seed on his football jersey. Bayfield High School earned the No. 3 seed in the CHSAA Class 3A postseason tournament and will host No. 14 Trinidad, likely Saturday at Wolverine Country Stadium. Enlarge photo

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TJ Pazell sports the Bayfield Wolverines’ playoff seed on his football jersey. Bayfield High School earned the No. 3 seed in the CHSAA Class 3A postseason tournament and will host No. 14 Trinidad, likely Saturday at Wolverine Country Stadium.

New year. New head coach. But it’s still home, sweet home to open the playoffs.

Bayfield High School, undefeated champions of the Western League, earned the No. 3 seed in the CHSAA Class 2A Boys Football State Championships on Sunday and will host No. 14 Trinidad likely Saturday at Wolverine Country Stadium.

BHS athletic director Dave Preszler said Sunday night they were shooting for a 2 p.m. Saturday kickoff but haven’t set the time in stone just yet. There still are other potential postseason dominoes to fall.

The Wolverines rode a powerful rushing attack to another 9-0 season and league championship, this time in the newly-formed Western League in what’s been a highly successful debut season for BHS head coach Gary Heide.

“I think Gary’s done everything we hoped for, plus more,” Preszler said of Bayfield’s field boss, who replaced Marshall Hahn.

Last season, Bayfield turned a No. 4 seed into a trip to the state finals before falling to Florence.

The Wolverines own a victory over two other Class 2A playoff qualifiers. They topped No. 15 Aspen 27-10 on Sept. 21 before picking up a 23-18 road victory over No. 5 Grand Valley a week later in Parachute.

Trinidad is 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the Tri-Peaks League, finishing fourth behind Florence, Manitou Springs and La Junta, all of which earned playoff berths.

The Miners own a victory over No. 8 Manitou Springs, their lone victory over a fellow Class 2A playoff team.

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