It has been five straight years that Legacy High School (0-1) has defeated in-town rival Broomfield (1-0), but the script was flipped Aug. 24 as the Eagles dominated 55-14 to claim the Mayor’s Cup …
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It has been five straight years that Legacy High School (0-1) has defeated in-town rival Broomfield (1-0), but the script was flipped Aug. 24 as the Eagles dominated 55-14 to claim the Mayor’s Cup at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Broomfield seized control on their first offensive possession behind a dominating push from the offensive line after being handed excellent field position. On three plays, senior quarterback Steven Croell capped the 22-yard drive by marching into the end zone from a yard out to give the home team a 6-0 lead.
The next offensive possession was more of the same with senior running back Dylan Torres putting the offense on his back, finishing the 59-yard drive with a 10-yard scamper to push the lead to 12-0 with 5:54 left in the opening quarter.
The Lightning did not give in, however.
On their first play of the following drive, a 61-yard screen pass to junior running back Dakota Key had Legacy in business at the Broomfield four-yard line. A play later, senior quarterback Nicholas McCarthy ran it in for six. The PAT was good, and the deficit was to cut to five.
Both defenses for the next couple of series flexed their muscles before Legacy struck again on an 11-play drive, headlined by a 32-yard run along the perimeter by Key. The drive concluded on a 7-yard run from Key to give his team their first lead, 14-12 with 7:28 before halftime.
Regardless, it was all Broomfield the rest of the way.
In a blink of an eye, the Eagles soared with 17 unanswered points in the final 7:28 thanks to an 11-yard TD run from Torres, a 38-yard TD pass from Croell, and a 31-yard field goal with one second left before halftime.
“We talk to the guys a lot about getting their minds right, and we had a little lull there, and we just reminded them on the sideline to refocus,” Broomfield Coach Blair Hubbard said. “At halftime we wanted our mindset to be as if the game was 0-0.”
At the start of the third quarter, obvious offensive adjustments by Hubbard were present with 16 straight running plays to begin the frame. With these runs, more perimeter sweep plays introduced spacing of the Lightning defense that mainly saw running through the middle in the first half.
“A big part of our game is to try to get wide on the sweeps. The way (Legacy) was playing their defense to start the game they were trying to take that away, so that gave us some off-tackle and inside runs early in the game. In the second half, we made a point that we had already sucked the defense in towards the middle of the field, now let’s start pushing it outside.”
The main newcomers in the change of game plan were senior Matt Foster and junior Caden Peters. Foster accumulated 61 yards on eight carries as Peters broke the game open after his 60-yard TD run to extend the Eagles’ lead to 48-14.
The hidden story from the offensive outburst on this night will be the outstanding defense played by Broomfield. Allowing just 80 rushing yards to a Lightning team that prides themselves on running the football is an impressive feat for a defensive front. Led by two sacks from senior Ryan Capasso, the standard has been set high for this explosive unit in 2018.
“I think our pace wore them down a little bit on offense. We were able to sustain some longer drives that helped rest our defense. Then our defense just played a lot better once they had a little bit of a breather.”
Torres led the charge with 137 yards on 27 carries to help wear down the opposing side. Croell managed the game for the Eagles going 10-for-17 with 134 yards.
“It feels really good to get that trophy back. It’s my third year here, and I’m just happy for these seniors that have been with me for three years. Glad they get to go out with the Mayor’s Cup in the building.”
Broomfield looks for win No. 2 at Loveland at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Legacy hopes to get in the win column at 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at home against a team from Washington State, the Bothel High School Cougars.
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