Tigers struggle against defending champs


In Holy Family’s first two games of the season, the team beat the opponents 42-16 and 42-7. This week, it was the other way around.

The Holy Family football team lost to the 3A defending champions Silver Creek 45-14 in front of a large crowd on the Tigers’ homecoming night Sept. 20 at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.

Silver Creek came out strong blocking a Tigers’ punt in the first few minutes of the game and forced a safety, giving them the 2-0 lead. The Raptors didn’t look back after that.

“It was up there as one of the most disappointing losses we’ve had,” head coach Mike Gabriel said. “I feel bad for our kids, because they really looked forward to this game. I feel bad that it went the way it did.”

The Raptors scored three touchdowns in the first quarter.

Wide receiver Zane Lindsey ran for 113 yards just in the first quarter alone, helping Silver Creek to a 24-0 lead going into the second quarter. Running back Anthony Kasper also scored in the first.

Kasper scored once again at the start of the second quarter, catching a pass from quarterback Ben Sjobakken.

“He’s a kid that we didn’t really focus on in the film,” Gabriel said of Lindsey. “The things he was able to do surprised us, but their whole team is a good football team.”

With three minutes left in the half, Tigers fullback Zach Trombley caught an interception. Holy Family pushed the ball down field in a series that would result in a field goal on the 31-yard line with 19.2 seconds left. However, the field goal was blocked by Silver Creek. The Raptors linebacker Austin Hartman ran the ball 69 yards for a touchdown.

Holy Family remained scoreless at halftime while Silver Creek earned 38 points in two quarters.

After the half, Kasper scored once more for the Raptors on an 80-yard run, giving Silver Creek the 45-0 lead at the end of the third.

The Tigers finally put some points on the board in the middle of the fourth quarter. Quarterback David Sommers ran in the ball in himself. The point-after-touchdown was no good.

With only a few minutes left in the game, Holy Family took over the ball on downs. Wide receiver Weston Dinsmore caught a pass in the endzone, making the score 45-10. The Tigers attempted a two-point conversion and were successful. But it wasn’t enough. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the 2013 season.

Holy Family is now 2-1 on the season. Gabriel said the team needs to concentrate on its next game against Berthoud Sept. 27. They will be facing the Spartans on its homecoming night.

“We’re going to go back to the drawing board and start working again on Monday and focus now on the next week,” Gabriel said.

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