BROOMFIELD — It had been three years since the Broomfield/Monarch rivalry had taken place on the gridiron.
And you have to go all the way back to 2010 to find the last time the Eagles got the better of the Coyotes.
That was six season of pent up emotion just waiting to come out and the Eagles harnessed it well, playing a smart football game en route to a 28-10 win on Friday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
"It was a good win, they fought hard in a great game," said Broomfield junior Tanner Garner, who scored twice. "We all did our jobs and it was a great team win."
Broomfield, ranked No. 6 in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 4A poll, improved to 4-1 and will open up Longs Peak League play next week at No. 3 Loveland at Ray Patterson Field. Monarch drops to 2-3.
After an opening three-and-out defensive stand on the opening Coyotes possession, the Eagles gave Monarch a taste of their own ground-and-pound medicine on their opening drive of the game, and it seemed to set the tone.
A 12-play, 64-yard drive that featured 11 runs and just one pass culminated in a 1-yard run from Garner.
Monarch ran just seven offensive plays in the first quarter and netted just 3 total yards, earning their only first down on a pass interference penalty.
Broomfield would get all the offense it needed early in the second quarter. Sophomore quarterback Steven Croell, who finished 10 of 14 for 232 yards, connected with Ryan Mazzola for a 16-yard touchdown.
The Eagles defense would take care of the rest. Under the direction of defensive coordinator Robert O'Brien — who played for the Coyotes — Broomfield forced three Monarch turnovers and held the run heavy Coyotes to just 113 yards on the ground.
"The coaches that have been here from the past have seen the offense before and our kids bought in exactly to what they wanted to do. You have to play disciplined every single down against their offense," Broomfield coach Blair Hubbard said. "They want to wear you down and look for that crease and our kids did a good job of really making them stretch the field."
Down 21-3 at the half and midway through the third quarter, Monarch had a chance to claw back in after a shanked punt set them up in Broomfield territory. But a costly fumble by Zach Bastres was recovered by Mazzola and the Eagles made them pay on the very next play.
Garner got free on a wheel route and Croell hit him in stride for a 79-yard touchdown that made it a 28-3 game.
"It was a great call by Hub and great blocking gave Steve time," Garner said. "He put a great ball up there, all I had to do was catch it and run."
Said a frustrated Monarch coach Phil Bravo, whose team was coming off a great week of practice: "If you are going to have penalties against good teams and you are going to fumble the ball, you are not going to win. That's the bottom line. Our secondary was porous at times, we didn't tackle well and those elements combined against a good team ... you're going to get beat."
Monarch will have to shake it off quickly. They open up Northern League play next week against a surprising 5-0 Skyline team at Everly Montgomery Stadium.
BROOMFIELD 28, MONARCH 10
At BroomfieldMonarch (2-3) 0 3 0 7 — 10
Broomfield — Tanner Garner 1 run (Luke Coffman kick).
Broomfield — Ryan Mazzola 16 pass from Steven Croell (Coffman kick).
Broomfield — Garrett Betty 4 pass from Croell (Coffman kick).
Monarch — FG Trevor Elser 33.
Broomfield — Garner 79 pass from Croell (Coffman kick).
Monarch — Max Laychak 4 run (Elser kick).
RUSHING — Monarch: Zach Bastres 12-41, Alex Bradfield 11-41, Max Laychak 3-15, Stone MacIntyre 6-13, Harrison Waldmann 3-3. Broomfield: Jaylon Torres 28-137, Tanner Garner 3-40, Sam Godwin 7-21, Matt Foster 3-14, Steven Croell 8-(minus-15)
PASSING — Monarch: MacIntyre 7-7-0-64. Broomfield: Croell 10-14-0-232.
RECEIVING — Monarch: Easton Hall 6-60, Laychak 1-4. Broomfield: Garner 2-114, Ryan Mazzola 4-71, Matt Foster 1-21, Garrett Betty 2-17, Mason Keeler 1-13.