THORNTON -- It had been 56 days since Boulder High's last football victory, and it will be about another 300 until its next official game, so to say the Panthers were motivated to win on Friday night would be an understatement.
After losing their last seven contests, the Panthers finished on a high note Friday night at Five Star Stadium with a 49-35 victory over Thornton in the season finale for both teams.
"It's great to go out with a bang," said senior quarterback TJ Patterson, who threw for 427 yards and six touchdowns.
Patterson completed his first eight passes and his last 19, finishing 30-of-34.
"I felt like myself for the first time since (fracturing the fibula in his right leg and missing four games)," he said. "I could make any throw that I wanted to make. I was a little more mobile too."
Four receivers -- Demetrius Kennedy (10), River Addison (seven), Loic Guegan (six) and Luis Escobar (five) -- caught at least five passes apiece. Kennedy finished with 125 yards receiving and 76 rushing, while Addison had 105 receiving.
Guegan was on the back end of four TD passes, while Kennedy had one touchdown rushing and another receiving.
"TJ was lights out," said Addison, who also intercepted a pass that stopped a Thornton scoring threat. "They played a soft '3' and we took advantage of it."
Thornton senior Keynan Hugley, who rushed for 501 yards in an Oct. 12 game against Northglenn, racked up 320 yards on 38 carries and scored all five Trojan TDs Friday, including one on a pass-and-lateral. But Boulder's defense, which had given up an average of 50 points over the last seven contests, was just good enough to get the victory.
Boulder finished the season 3-7, while Thornton ended up 5-5 after losing its last five contests.
After the score was tied at 14 at halftime, Boulder scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half with quick drives of 58, 32 and 72 yards. That put the Panthers up 35-14 and they were never seriously threatened after that.
"It's always good to end with a win, especially the one we had tonight," Patterson said. "We leave it for the young guys to build on in the offseason and get some inspiration going into next year."
Even with Friday's victory, Boulder continued a trend it would dearly love to shake. In each of the last nine seasons, the Panthers have lost at least five of their last six games of the year.
BHS' last winning record came in 2003.
BOULDER 49, THORNTON 35
At Five Star Stadium
Boulder (3-7) 7 7 21 14 -- 49
Thornton (5-5) 14 0 7 14 -- 35
Thornton -- Keynan Hugley 9 run (Jackson Reuter kick)
Boulder -- Loic Guegan 35 pass from TJ Patterson (Patrick Sherman kick)
Thornton -- Hugley 8 run (Reuter kick)
Boulder -- River Addison 1 pass from Patterson (Sherman kick)
Boulder -- Guegan 4 pass from Patterson (Andrew Pettit kick)
Boulder -- Guegan 18 pass from Patterson (Sherman kick)
Boulder -- Demetrius Kennedy 25 run (Pettit kick)
Thornton -- Hugley 68 run (Reuter kick)
Boulder -- Guegan 1 pass from Patterson (Sherman kick)
Thornton -- Hugley 56 pass from Marcus Del Hierro (Reuter kick)
Boulder -- Kennedy 4 pass from Patterson (Sherman kick)
Thornton -- Hugley 9 run (Reuter kick)
First downs 23 20
Rushes-yards 21-93 44-329
Passing yards 427 216
Comp-Att-Int 30-34-0 14-21-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-0
Penalties-Yards 10-70 7-70
RUSHING -- Boulder: Kennedy 8-76, Patterson 12-16, Escobar 1-1; Thornton: Hugley 38-320, Weingerten 3-11, Del Hierro 3-(-2).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) -- Boulder: Patterson 30-34-0, 427 yards; Thornton: Del Hierro 14-20-1, 216 yards; Evans 0-1-0.
RECEIVING -- Boulder: Kennedy 10-125, Addison 7-105, Guegan 6-77, Escobar 5-87, Heimbach 2-31; Thornton: Hardy 8-114, Evans 2-26, Weingerten 2-17, Hugley 1-56. Joseph 1-3.