ARVADA -- Wayne Voorhees watched his team give up chunks of yards on big plays Thursday and knew he needed to do something.
Losing 41-7 to Pomona, the second-ranked team in the state, is not the issue. The Legacy coach was upset at his team's effort.
So, Voorhees said there will be changes.
"No question, we're not mentally tough," he said. "It's that simple. We have some kids that just aren't playing hard. Changes are going to be made this week."
Voorhees said this after watching his team give up 434 yards of offense, most of it in the first 27 minutes of the game. The Panthers raced out to a 34-0 lead at halftime and needed one offensive snap in the second half to get to a mercy-rule running clock. Alec Feland's 74-yard pass to Mitch Colin after a Lightning interception sealed the game and convinced their coach he had seen enough.
"We missed a lot of tackles, we missed a lot of blocks and we're better than that," Voorhees said. "We keep saying that. Basically the only thing that's going to work is playing time and I'm done saying it."
The Lightning (2-4, 1-1) moved the ball but it was Pomona that came up with the big plays in the North Metro League matchup. Chris Marquez had three runs of 20 or more yards and scored three of the Panthers' five touchdowns in the first half.
Feland hurt Legacy with his arm and his legs. He hit Chris Benefiel for a 47-yard scoring pass that gave Pomona a 14-0 lead and then ran 61 yards to the Lightning 1 before scoring on the next play to make it 20-0.
"It seemed like we weren't firing off the ball," senior Mitch McCall said.
By halftime, the Lightning were playing for pride and survival but they weren't throwing in the towel against Pomona (5-1, 2-0).
They were throwing up their hands, though.
Legacy got the ball at its own 16-yard line with 26 seconds left in the half but kept attacking. Quarterback Steven Yoshihara got them near midfield with 4 seconds left, and he nearly came through. He hit McCall with a pass over the middle, and McCall appeared to cross the goal line before a knee touched. But the officials whistled him down at the 1.
"We had to do something there at the end of the half to get the momentum going," McCall said. "We executed well. I just didn't do a good enough job of getting into the end zone. We came up short, according to the ref. We can't change the call."
No, but according to Voorhees, there will be changes.
POMONA 41 LEGACY 7
At North Area Athletic Complex
Legacy (2-4, 1-1) 0 0 0 7 -- 7
Pomona (5-1, 2-0) 20 14 7 0 -- 41
Pomona -- Chris Marquez 1 run (Allyson Thimsen kick).
Pomona -- Chris Benefiel 47 pass from Alec Feland (Thimsen kick).
Pomona -- Feland 1 run (kick blocked).
Pomona -- Marquez 8 run (Thimsen kick).
Pomona -- Marquez 1 run (Thimsen kick).
Pomona -- Mitch Colin 74 pass from Feland (Thimsen kick).
Legacy -- Taten Petersian 1 run (Travis Baum kick)
First downs 17 11
Rushes-yards 37-150 19-173
Passing yards 164 261
Comp-Att-Int 12-19-1 10-13-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-60 5-35
RUSHING -- Legacy: Phydell Paris 20-100, Jared Camerlo 4-23, Taten Petersian 5-22, Jake Bublitz 2-11, Steven Yoshihara 6-(-6); Pomona: Chris Marquez 13-91, Alec Feland 4-81, Konner Burns 1-3, Isaac Marquez 1-(-2).
PASSING -- Legacy: Yoshihara 12-17-1-164, Trent Johnson 0-2-0-0; Pomona: Feland 9-12-0-251, Justin Roberts 1-1-0-10.
RECEIVING -- Legacy: Mitch McCall 2-58, Patrick Matthews 2-37, Paris 4-37, Travis Baum 1-29, Mike Straface 3-3; Pomona: Mitch Colin 4-118, Dominic Martinez 4-86, Chris Benefiel 1-47, Payton Hayes 1-10.