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Football: Boulder’s Demetrius Kennedy lights up Loveland

Boulder's Demetrius Kennedy runs past Loveland's Zach LeBaron on Friday at Recht Field.
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Boulder’s Demetrius Kennedy runs past Loveland’s Zach LeBaron on Friday at Recht Field.

Boulder coach Jeff Santee hoped no one in Loveland knew that Demetrius Kennedy grew up playing quarterback.

If they didn’t, they do now after Friday’s performance at Recht Field.

Kennedy, Boulder’s featured running back, opened the second half by taking a pitch from quarterback Philip Swisher, scampering to the right and then stopping.

With receiver Loic Guegan wide open down the right side, Kennedy fired the ball to him for a 65-yard touchdown pass.

The play ignited the Panthers, who scored 20 points in the third quarter to take control of the game en route to a 34-15 victory over Loveland.

“It pumps us up when we score,” Kennedy said. “Once we score we just get that adrenaline rush and we just keep going and playing hard.”

Kennedy tore it up, rushing for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, passing once for 65 yards and a TD, and making one catch for 9 yards.

The junior went into fall camp competing with Swisher for the starting quarterback job.

But the speedy tailback launched himself onto the running back scene with Friday’s performance.

“He’s running much tougher than he has before,” Santee said. “He wasn’t running soft before, but he was the best player on the field so he didn’t have to run for tough yards. Now, he’s having to run as a power runner, as well as guy that can make guys miss.

“He’s got the chance to be a special player. He’s got the chance to put some pressure on people in the run game in a different way than we’ve been able to for awhile.”

After Kennedy’s touchdown pass, Boulder held Loveland to a three-and-out. Kennedy next went on a 43-yard run that helped set up his 2-yard touchdown run later in the drive.

On Boulder’s next possession, Kennedy shot through the line for a 90-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a 27-7 lead with 2:02 left in the third quarter.

Andrew Kurtz sealed the victory with a 45-yard interception return late in the fourth quarter as Class 5A Boulder improved to 2-0 with the win over 4A Loveland (0-2).

“They had a lot of guys going both ways,” Santee said of Loveland. “We’ve really tried to make conditioning and finishing games in the second half a focal point. … We thought we could establish the run in the second half and get some momentum doing that. We did.”

Boulder looks to remain undefeated when the Panthers host Smoky Hill next Friday.

Boulder 34, Loveland 15

At Recht Field

Loveland (0-2) 7 0 0 8 — 15

Boulder (2-0) 7 0 20 7 — 34

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

Boulder — Demetrius Kennedy 2 run (Andrew Kurtz kick).

Loveland — Kris Garcia 1 run (Mike Roth kick).

Third Quarter

Boulder — Loic Guegan 65 pass from Kennedy (Kurtz kick).

Boulder — Kennedy 12 run (Kurtz kick).

Boulder — Kennedy 90 run (kick failed).

Fourth Quarter

Boulder — Kurtz 45 int. return (Kurtz kick).

Loveland — Roth 2 run (Kirk Shaw pass from Graham Weeks).

LHS BHS

First downs 15 14

Rushes-yards 44-172 38-299

Passing yards 121 95

Comp-Att-Int 10-18-0 4-9-1

Punts-Avg. 4-34 3-44

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 5-31 13-127

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Loveland: Willie Dunkelman 12-40, Mike Zweigle 8-12, Kris Garcia 9-41, Taylor Appleby 6-37, Geoff Call 2-3, Mike Roth 5-29, Ryan McCloughan 1-5, Graham Weeks 1-5; Boulder: Demetrius Kennedy 15-193, Philip Swisher 5-28, Abel Brown 6-45, Riley McCarthy 2-12, Travis Campbell 3-20, Alex Ybarra 2-1.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Loveland: Zweigle 8-14-0-99; Weeks 2-4-0-22; Boulder: Swisher 3-8-1-30; Kennedy 1-1-0-65.

RECEIVING — Loveland: Kirk Shaw 3-75, John Freismuth 3-7, Dunkelman 1-18, Appleby 1-(-1), Call 1-1, McCloughan 1-21; Boulder: Loic Guegan 3-86, Kennedy 1-9.

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