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BROOMFIELD — For more than three and half quarters, Legacy looked like the better team on Friday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium against cross-town rival Broomfield.

But the beauty of a game of that magnitude is that no matter the deficit, there is always hope.

And despite a 14-3 deficit late in the fourth quarter that had to have felt even bigger the way their offense was struggling, Broomfield made things interesting in the waning moments.

Ultimately the Lightning hung on for a 14-9 victory in the annual Mayor's Cup game and for the fourth straight season were handed the hardware from Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens.

"We know every year it is going to be a hard fought game no matter who the better team is, it's always hard fought," said Legacy coach Wayne Voorhees, who called the annual affair with the Eagles a trap game. "It's come down to the last play now how many years in a row?"

Things looked bleak for the Eagles, but with under three minutes to play coach Blair Hubbard's offense — that was stagnant for most of the night; and a lot of that was credit to Legacy's front seven on defense — put its best drive together when it matter most.

And with 1:18 to play, quarterback Mason Keeler scored to make it a one possession game.


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"Offensively, we just couldn't get out of our way the first few quarters," Hubbard said. "The kids showed what they could do in the fourth quarter when they put things together and that is what we need to focus on for next week."

Legacy recovered the onside kick, but failed to do anything with it and punted back to the Eagles who took over on their own 27-yard line with 37.4 second to play.

Broomfield managed to work their way down to the Legacy 28-yard line with 4.4 seconds left and gave themselves one last shot. First year starter Mason Keeler's pass to a quadruple-teamed Ryan Mazzola was batted away near the pylon.

"In the first game you are always shooting yourself in the foot in huge situations and we are a young team," said Voorhees, whose team will travel to California next Thursday night to play Chino Hills. " I think we grew a little bit."

Perhaps the biggest question mark for the Lightning coming in was on the offensive side of the ball, and after a rusty first half, first-year junior starting quarterback Alec Lewis looked quite confident.

Broomfield’s Tanner Garner runs the ball for a few yards during the first quarter of their Friday game against Legacy at Broomfield High School.
Broomfield's Tanner Garner runs the ball for a few yards during the first quarter of their Friday game against Legacy at Broomfield High School. (Kira Vos / For BoCoPreps.com)

He completed all but three of his second half passes and finished 17-for-26 for 253 yards and a third quarter touchdown pass to Landon Sneyd.

"He did a great job and I was proud of his effort and his reads," Voorhees said. "He spun it around and he's going to go to the open guy, it's about this team."

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt

 

Legacy 14, Broomfield 9

At Broomfield

Legacy (1-0) 7 0 7 0 — 14 
Broomfield (0-1) 0 3 0 6 — 9

First quarter

Legacy — Ethan Simmons 4 run (Kyle Freeburg kick).

Second quarter

Broomfield — FG Luke Coffman 38.

Third quarter

Legacy — Landon Sneyd 10 pass from Alec Lewis (Freeburg kick).

Fourth quarter

Broomfield — Mason Keeler 1 run (pass failed).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Legacy: Ethan Simmons 7-16, Kenny Gonzales 9-3, Alec Lewis 4-(minus-15), Kyle Freeburg 1-(minus-9). Broomfield: Jalon Torres 14-45, Tanner Garner 6-32, Mason Keeler 14-27, Tyler Lefkowicz 2-9, Dylan Torres 1-2

PASSING — Legacy: Lewis 17-26-0-253. Broomfield: Keeler 19-31-0-176.

RECEIVING — Legacy: Ross Smith 4-86, Braxton Hansen 4-79, Ryan Lynch 4-52, Landon Sneyd 3-23, Anthony Lye 1-16, Gonzales 1-5, Nick Solusod 1-0. Broomfield: Ryan Mazzola 6-69, Garner 6-38, Lefkowicz 4-49, Garrett Betty 2-12, J. Torres 1-8.