BROOMFIELD — Zero Week games are always an adventure.
Throw in the complex offense that Holy Family runs and the new up-tempo Mountain View offense they designed in the off-season and it's a recipe for a long night.
Penalties. Incompletions. Sloppiness.
Execution was a must when it mattered most, and on opening night at the new turf at Holy Family's Mike G. Gabriel Field, it was the host Tigers that pieced together a 92-yard game winning drive to cap a wild comeback against the Mountain Lions and earn a 33-27 victory.
"Zero Week is like the Twilight Zone," Holy Family coach Mike Gabriel said after the game. "We talked about it all night long on the sideline, you just never know what you are going to get.
"They haven't seen film and we haven't been able to run through game situations much, so you just never know."
Mountain View, with it's fresh new offense picked up this summer at a camp in Tennessee, looked every bit the aggressor early on. The Mountain Lions jumped out to a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter thanks to senior Cole Spensieri.
He intercepted Tigers quarterback Stone Samaras and went 85-yards the opposite way for a score at the end of the first quarter and then midway through the second he did the dirty work on offense, plunging in from 1-yard out.
But as Holy Family has been prone to do, they put up points quickly and got themselves right back in the game before halftime.
Samaras hit his big tight end, Kyle Helbig for the first of his four touchdowns on a 31-yard pitch and catch.
Helbig then made a huge play defensively, jumping a screen pass at the line of scrimmage and intercepting Peyton Mayes at the 11-yard line and running it in.
Mountain View carried the lead into the fourth quarter after a scoreless third and built on it when Mayes hooked up with Tobin Armstrong for a 21 yard score.
Holy Family would answer right back with a 21-yard Samaras to Helbig toss to cut the lead to 27-25 with 9:57 to play.
The Tigers, whose defense was led by Dillan Gonzalez — who was everywhere and came up with big plays when it mattered — would get one last chance with 2:54 to play from their own 8-yard line.
When it appeared as though they might run down the clock and settle for a Matteo Lonardo game-winning field goal, Samaras sucked in the defense and it left Helbig all alone in the corner of the end zone for an easy score.
"We probably made it little tougher than we needed to," Gabriel said. "But the kids responded when we need them to at the end."
HOLY FAMILY 33, MOUNTAIN VIEW 27
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Holy Family — FG Matteo Lonardo 30.
Mountain View — Peyton Mayes 3 run (Kamden Carwin kick).
Mountain View — Cle Spensieri 85 interception return (Tobin Armstrong kick).
Mountain View — Spensieri 1 run (Carwin kick).
Holy Family — Kyle Helbig 31 pass from Stone Samaras (Lonardo kick).
Holy Family — Helbig 11 interception return (Helbig pass from Samaras).
Mountain View — Armstrong 21 pass from Mayes (kick blocked).
Holy Family — Helbig 21 pass from Samaras (Lonardo kick).
Holy Family — Helbig 16 pass from Samaras (Helbig pass from Samaras).
RUSHING — Mountain View: Chad Baumann 24-103, Peyton Mayes 16-57, Cole Spensieri 1-1, Michael Felton 1-0. Holy Family: Stone Samaras 14-21, Braedon Peters 7-20, Hayden Strange 9-19, Davis Martinek 1-0, Cal Carter 1-(minus-3).
PASSING — Mountain View: Mayes 20-31-1-103. Holy Family: Samaras 22-42-2-353.
RECEIVING — Mountain View: Kamden Carwin 6-36, Tobin Armstrong 3-35, Baumann 3-18, Baylor Brigham 2-9, Dylan Naughton 1-6, Cade Bender 1-2, Cooper Dean 3-(minus-4). Holy Family: Kyle Helbig 8-176, Ben Nappe 7-78, Martinek 3-41, Devin Doroff 2-38, Peters 2-20.