In a game meant to bring the most out of athletes, Jared Meschke proved he could give all he has for Monarch and more.
The running back kept the second-ranked Coyotes undefeated on the season with his most productive night of the year. The big and durable back ran over and around sixth-ranked Broomfield, to help deliver a 42-14 Monarch win.
Meschke finished the night with 195 yards and three touchdowns in the game, finding no problem getting his juices flowing against one of his team’s oldest rivals.
“This was our top game coming into the season, we treated this like we were going into the championship,” said Meschke, whose team lost to Broomfield 42-19 in 2010. “It’s a big rivalry and we took it to them.”
Meschke had Monarch’s (3-0) methodical run game hitting on all cylinders from its first possession.
The team marched down the field on Broomfield (2-1), setting the tone of the game with a 15-play, 77-yard opening scoring drive. Meschke punched the ball in at 5:08 in the first, pounding it up the middle on his bread-and-butter play, a pitch dive.
The score set up the Coyotes for two more drives in their next three possessions, each capped by a Meschke score. The senior finished his scoring by pushing in touchdowns from 5- and 2-yards out in the second quarter.
Broomfield got on the board in between the senior’s strikes, but by then Meschke believed the Coyotes were in complete control of the game.
“That last touchdown gained us the momentum going into half,” Meschke said. “But even with that score, we never backed down or thought we had it in the bag.”
Broomfield quarterback Angelo Perez broke a nearly 22-minute scoring drought for the Eagles at 2:56 in the second quarter. The junior’s 6-yard sneak up the middle gave his team a momentary glimpse of hope, drawing the Eagles within a touchdown, but little more.
Perez had a respectable night at the helm, completing 9-of-20 passes for 195 yards. But while the team could move the ball here and there through the air, it struggled to get into scoring position.
Broomfield’s run game struggled against the Coyotes’ sizable defensive line. And Monarch’s ball-control offense kept the pressure on the Eagles to produce each time they had possession.
“They put a lot of pressure on us to score,” Perez said. “Because if you don’t and give the ball back to them, you know you aren’t going to see it again for at least another 6 minutes.”
The Eagles tried some last-minute magic, with Perez hooking up with Harrison Einspahr in the fourth. The quarterback hit the senior on a fade route, with the wide receiver legging out a 74-yard touchdown at 11:22 in the period.
But even by then the game was well in Monarch’s corner.
Before the Broomfield touchdown, both Ethan Marks and Gus Sawicki had found the end zone in the third quarter, helping Monarch to 383 rushing yards on the night. And after Perez’s touchdown pass, Sawicki struck again, putting the final points on the board with 4-yard run at 7:42 in the fourth.
The Coyotes’ showing goes down as the biggest this season, in Phil Bravo’s book. The Monarch coach was further heartened by such a weighty win coming in hostile territory.
“This stadium does not produce many blowouts for this side of the field,” he said. “For us to come in and get one, it feels pretty great.”
At Broomfield H.S.
Monarch (3-0) 7 14 14 7 — 42
Broomfield (2-) 0 7 0 7 — 14
Monarch — Jared Meschke 1 run (Jamie Falloon kick).
Monarch — Meschke 5 run (Falloon kick).
Broomfield — Angelo Perez 6 run (Pat Lalancette kick).
Monarch — Meschke 2 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Gus Sawicki 2 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Eathan Marks 5 run (Falloon kick).
Broomfield — Harrison Einspahr 74 from Perez (Lalancette kick).
Monarch — Sawicki 4 run (Falloon kick).
First downs 22 13
Rushes-yards 68-383 27-114
Passing yards 13 195
Comp-Att-Int 1-1-0 9-20-0
Punts-Avg. 0-0 1-36
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-75 5-40
RUSHING — Monarch: Meschke 38-197, Marks 15-109, Sawicki 11-53, Blazon 2-8, Soole 2-16; Broomfield: Perez 6-24, Fraire 18-86, Sendejas 1-2, Robnett 2-2.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Monarch: Bata 1-1-0, 13yards; Broomfield: Perez 9-20-0, 195 yards.
RECEIVING — Monarch: Dorsey 1-13 (receptions-yards); Broomfield: Ongarato 2-29, Fraire 1-12, Perse 2-27, Panicucci 3-46, Einspahr 1-74.