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BROOMFIELD — Big pass plays have come to define ninth-ranked Holy Family for much of the young season. But on Friday the Tigers showed their offense is equally adept at grounding out the yards.

Holy Family earned its first Metro-North League win with Connor Clay running roughshod over Centaurus at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.

The senior back ran for a season-high 277 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead his team to a 27-12 victory.

“It was good and it was easy,” said Clay, whose previous best showing was 190 in his team’s Sept. 2 season opener at Steamboat Springs. “We worked hard all week and the O-line did its job.”

Centaurus (1-3, 0-1) had some success slowing down Clay in the first half. But by the third quarter, Holy Family (4-0, 1-0) was cruising behind the stocky ball carrier.

Clay came up with 168 of his total yards in the final two quarters, when he tucked in both his touchdowns. His first score came on the Tigers’ first possession in the second half, capping a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

The play started to swing the momentum Holy Family’s way, with the team building an 11-point lead off the score. Then Clay put away the Warriros when he broke free for a 62-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

“I was tired on the play,” said Clay, who scored with 57 seconds left in the game. “Ivan Franco had the best block. It was easy, I just followed him.”

Clay’s score came at a tense time for Holy Family as Centaurus was in a position to force overtime.

The Warriors drew the game within 8 points with 3:36 left to play in the fourth when Trevor Schrader ran a curl route for a 10-yard touchdown pass from David Shald.

The situation grew grimmer for the Tigers on their next possession, when on the third play Holy Family quarterback David Sommers turned over the ball when he threw into coverage for the second time in the evening and was picked off.

The momentum off Centaurus linebacker Tyler Harrington’s interception was short lived, however, with the Tigers picking the ball off on the very next play. Chuck Hollwedel stepped in front of a fade pass to dash any of the Warriors’ comeback hopes.

“Once we got the turnover, we saw their heads drop and them get glum looks on their faces,” said the Holy Family cornerback, who had two picks on the night. “We knew we needed the ball to get the win.”

Centaurus had its share of troubles entering the game, with one of its two quarterbacks sidelined due to a concussion. John Howard did not take a snap Friday, having gotten his bell rung the week before against Faith Christian.

Shald found some success under center completing 16 passes for 127 yards. But it took a volume of pass plays to reach that mark, with the Warriors finishing with 42 attempts.

“Right now we’ve been struggling with tempo and rhythm,” Centaurus coach Chad Senseney said. “We just had too many three-and-outs.”

Holy Family 27, Centaurus 12

At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium

Centaurus (1-2, 0-1) 0 6 0 6 — 12

Holy Family (4-0, 1-0) 10 0 7 7 — 27

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

Holy Family — Gintas Jarasius 75 pass from David Sommers (Marco Lonardo kick).

Holy Family — Lonardo 25 field goal.

Second Quarter

Centaurus — Scott Jansen 7 run (run failed).

Third Quarter

Holy Family — Connor Clay 1 run (Lonardo kick).

Fourth Quarter

Holy Family — Lonardo 25 field goal.

Centaurus — Trevor Schrader 10 pass from David Shald (kick failed).

Holy Family — Clay 62 run (Lonardo kick).

CHS HF

First downs 12 15

Rushes-yards 73-78 45-301

Passing yards 127 168

Comp-Att-Int 16-42-2 6-15-2

Punts-Avg. 6-32.2 3-32.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 5-30 5-55

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHINGCentaurus: Martinelli 13-67, Beatley 1-3, Scott 8-7, Schrader 1-1; Holy Family: Clay 38-277, Sommers 1-(-1), DeHerrera 3-25, Pendleton 1-(-5).

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards)Centaurus: Shald 16-42-2, 127 yards; Holy Family: Sommers 6-15-2, 168 yards.

RECEIVINGCentaurus: Schrader 8-43, Giltner 4-36, Estrella 1-5, Martinelli 1-7, Jaskul 2-31 (receptions-yards); Holy Family: Jarasius 2-91, McGillin 1-6, Clay 1-29, DeHerrera 2-42.

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