WESTMINSTER — The Legacy Lightning will take it ... especially against a rival.

On a night when the offense was sputtering against a Horizon defense that made things difficult for quarterback Alec Lewis and Co. at times, it was the Legacy defense and special teams that deserved the game balls in 16-7 victory over the Hawks at North Stadium on Thursday night.

"Both defenses played pretty good football and we made the adjustments we needed to on offense," said Legacy football coach Wayne Voorhees, whose team improved to 3-1 with the victory. "We just didn't flip the field in the first half and our defense just kept taking care of business, which was a good thing and we finally got the field flipped in the second half and we took advantage of it."

The Lightning scored early on a Alec Lewis to Ross Smith touchdown pass less than four minutes in, but managed nothing after that — due in large part to losing Smith in the middle of the second quarter due to injury.

Horizon would match the Lightning's score early in the second quarter on a Matt Francis 1-yard touchdown run.

The break Legacy needed came on the opening kickoff of the second half. Riley Feddema's kick was fielded by Horizon's Brodey Schultz at the 2-yard line, but the senior had to go down to a knee to catch it, thus downing the ball.

On the first play from scrimmage Brandon Wills snuck into the backfield and tackled Noah Steinbach in the end zone for a safety that gave the Lightning the lead for good.


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"We'll take a safety and that kind of gave us a little breathing room and a little confidence," said Voorhees, whose team would recover a misplayed punt by the Hawks later in the quarter that would set up brilliant field position.

The defense would do the rest, highlighted by a big night from the defensive line and senior Marcus Libera.

They gave the Hawks — and their tandem of quarterback Francis and Amado Capetillo — fits all night, limiting them to just seven rushing yards.

Legacy’s Dylan Anderson, right, breaks up a pass intended for Horizon’s Taylor Sayavong during the first quarter of their Thursday game held at
Legacy's Dylan Anderson, right, breaks up a pass intended for Horizon's Taylor Sayavong during the first quarter of their Thursday game held at Adams 12 North Stadium. (Kira Vos / For BoCoPreps.com)

The final dagger came early in the fourth, when Libera (already with a fumble recovery to his credit) got his first interception of his career, when he stepped in front of a Capetillo pass and gave his team excellent field position at the 22-yard line.

"I caught the ball, looked at it and wondered what do I do now," said Libera of his interception that set up a 6-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Owen Weber. "It was won in between the tackles tonight, both defensive line were playing the heck out of it ... but we knew we had the offenses back and we know the had ours."

Legacy will close out the nonleague portion of their schedule next Thursday at home against Overland before opening Mt. Antero play the following week against Regis Jesuit.

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

LEGACY 16, HORIZON 7

At North Stadium

Horizon (2-2)0700—7Legacy (3-1)7027—16

First quarter

Legacy — Ross Smith 4 pass from Alec Lewis (Riley Feddema kick).

Second quarter

Horizon — Matt Francis 1 run (Isaac Madrid kick).

Third quarter

Legacy — Safety, Brandon Wills tackles Noah Steinbach in end zone.

Fourth quarter

Legacy — Owen Weber 6 pass from Lewis (Feddema kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Horizon: Noah Steinbach 15-33, Kysen Garcia 1-2, Matt Francis 7-(minus-7), Amado Capetillo 4-(minus-21). Legacy: Brandon Wills 15-35, Dakota Key 5-19, Riley Feddema 2-(minus-24), Alec Lewis 8-(minus-32).

PASSING — Horizon: Francis 9-23-1-111, Capetillo 3-11-2-35. Legacy: Lewis 11-22-1-126.

RECEIVING — Horizon: Dadrian Paris 4-47, Isaac Salazar 2-50, Steinbach 2-16, Kennedy Martinez 2-15, Taylor Sayavong 1-14, Brant Killmon 1-4. Legacy: Jack Smith 2-28, Ryan Lynch 2-26, Ross Smith 2-23, Owen Weber 2-12, Landon Sneyd 1-17, Dylan Anderson 1-11, Wills 1-9.