AURORA — The offense for the Legacy football team was quite enigmatic on Friday night. The Lightning gave themselves a chance to win their Class 5A second round playoff game against Regis Jesuit, and then they didn't.
After proving they could drive against the Raiders, at least thriving through the air, crucial mistakes at the end of drives haunted the Lightning in a 34-7 loss at Kellogg Stadium, ending their season at 8-3.
Three first half turnovers prevented Legacy from getting on the scoreboard until the second half, and one of those turnovers directly resulted in seven points for the opposition when Regis' Ryan Brown returned an interception 91 yards for a score with just 12 seconds left before halftime, a gut punch from which LHS could not recover.
The Lightning entered the game with 10 turnovers all year.
"We basically gave them 21, but I was proud of our kids for fighting on every single down. If we eliminate those mistakes it's a different football game," Legacy coach Wayne Voorhees said. "We had a heck of a run this year."
Senior Matt Lynch threw for 196 yards and a touchdown to Derek Coleman (seven catches, 71 yards), but the ball-hawking Raiders (9-2) proved play-makers when they had a chance to jump on a free ball. In addition to Brown's pick-six, Ricky Munoz also had an interception and the Raiders also recovered a fumble off a bad snap on Legacy's first possession that gave RJHS a short field for an game-opening score.
"We shot ourselves in the foot too many times, but I'm proud of us for not falling over," said senior linebacker/tailback Evan Baugh. "We did a great job of creating opportunities, but then executing those (into points) is a totally different thing."
Regis had but one great drive in the first half, a 75-yard march after the Munoz interception that ended in a 13-yard TD pass from Michael Pavlakovich to Jack Weigand. They struck quickly to open the third quarter on a 73-yard run by Alec Barnes, effectively putting the game on ice.
Barnes had three touchdowns and finished with 112 yards, and Regis' Pavlakovich was extremely effective with short passes and screens. He finished 19 of 24 for 107 yards, and also had 50 yards on the ground.
Regis put the ball on the ground four times, too, but Legacy could only manage one recovery.
"Their quarterback was quick and athletic, and we just didn't make plays the times we could have had him in the backfield," Voorhees said.
Regis Jesuit 34, Legacy 7
At Kellogg StadiumLegacy (8-3) 0 0 7 0 — 7
Regis Jesuit (9-2) 7 14 13 0 — 34
Regis — Alec Barnes 1 run (George Maguire kick).
Regis — Jack Weigand 13 pass from Michael Pavlakovich (Maguire kick). Regis — Ryan Brown 91 interception return (Maguire kick).
Regis — Barnes 73 run (kick failed). Regis — Barnes 1 run (Maguire kick). Legacy — Derek Coleman 19 pass from Matt Lynch (Kyle Freeburg kick).
RUSHING — Legacy: Matt Lynch 12-44, Evan Baugh 6-17, Ethan Simmons 2-2, Brandon Wills 3-17, Jack Ruscher 1-(minus-7). Regis: Alec Barnes 10-112, Michael Pavlakovich 10-50, Alfred Jones 5-23, Trey Williams 6-10, DJ Jackson 3-(minus-23).
PASSING — Legacy: Lynch 19-36-3-196, Alec Lewis 0-4-0-0. Regis: Pavlakovich 19-24-0-107, Justin Lamb 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING — Legacy: Derek Coleman 7-71, Jack Ruscher 5-41, Logan Paulson 1-2, Dalton Royer 4-54, Hayden Anderson 2-29. Regis: Quentin Birch 5-33, Jack Stoll 3-29, Jack Weigand 4-24, Ryan Cornell 4-11, Jones 2-3, Cade Mendenhall 1-7.