WESTMINSTER — It was everything a rivalry game to start the season was supposed to be.
And it had a mid-season feel.
And for the fifth straight season, Legacy has not only earned city bragging rights, they retain the annual Mayor's Cup with a 35-21 victory over Broomfield on Friday night at Adams 12's North Stadium.
"It's always important and Week 1 you've got to come out hot and come out and get the job done," Legacy coach Wayne Voorhees said. "Because now we have to worry about Grandview, but this was a big first step for us."
It was Broomfield that had all the momentum coming out for the second half. The Eagles found themselves down 14-0 after one quarter, but rallied to tie the game at the half on a Mitchell Gorman run and a huge 65-yard interception return by Caleb Kennedy.
But Legacy and senior quarterback Alec Lewis, who finished 18-for-28 for 334 yards, made the most of their two third-quarter possessions.
After holding the Eagles to a three-and-out on their first, the Lightning methodically moved the ball with a series of power runs by Brandon Wills and it opened up the middle of the field for Lewis to connect with his big target Ross Smith.
A 55-yard pitch-and-catch from Lewis to Smith gave Legacy the lead for good.
On the very next possession, it was an 85-yard seam route down the middle of the field — with the help of a busted Eagles coverage — that had the Legacy sideline rocking.
"Alec and I connect real well and before the snap even happened on those crossing routes, I knew it was coming," said Smith, who finished five catches for 186 yards. "He saw the hole, and I saw the hole and I just took off from there."
Broomfield would get back to within a touchdown at the end of the third quarter on a 35 yard run from Dylan Torres, but that would be the last time they found the end zone.
"There is a lot of stuff we will improve on when we watch the film. We have to tighten up the pass protection, because Stevie (Croell) was running for his life tonight," said Broomfield coach Blair Hubbard, whose team will try to bounce back against Wheat Ridge in Week 2. "The big difference tonight was third down on both sides. We couldn't stop them and we couldn't convert."
Broomfield got the ball back early in the fourth with a chance to tie, but Smith put his final stamp on the game, when he picked off Croell and set his team up on the Eagles side of the field. The Lightning would convert five plays later on a 10 yards run from senior Brandon Wills.
"I'm just so proud of my teammates, we had some younger guys that really stepped up," Smith said. "I thought it was clicking and we know from this game that we are going to be something special from here on out."
LEGACY 35, BROOMFIELD 21
At North StadiumBroomfield (0-1)01470—21Legacy (1-0)140147—35
Legacy — Alec Lewis 1 run (Riley Feddema kick).
Legacy — Lewis 9 run (Feddema kick)
Broomfield — Mitchell Gorman 8 run (Matthew Eich kick).
Broomfield — Caleb Kennedy 65 interception return (Eich kick).
Legacy — Ross Smith 55 pass from Lewis (Feddema kick).
Legacy — Smith 85 pass from Lewis (Feddema kick).
Broomfield — Dylan Torres 35 run (Eich kick).
Legacy — Brandon Wills 10 run (Feddema kick).
RUSHING — Broomfield: Dylan Torres 10-100, Mitchell Gorman 10-94, Matthew Foster 5-27, Tanner Garner 3-13, Trey Ortega 2-4, Stephen Croell 3-(minus-23). Legacy: Brandon Wills 19-101, Dakota Key 11-88, Alec Lewis 5-8, Ryan Lynch 1-5, Jacob Duran 1-4.
PASSING — Broomfield: Croell 8-19-1-53. Legacy: Lewis 18-28-1-334.
RECEIVING — Broomfield: Hunter Nassar 4-31, Foster 2-1, Gorman 1-8. Legacy: Lynch 6-60, Ross Smith 5-186, Owen Weber 5-73, Duran 1-3, Dylan Anderson 1-1.