BROOMFIELD — Jose Fraire could hardly stand watching from the sidelines for the first two games of his senior football season.
Two games into his return, Fraire ran Friday night with the edge of someone making up for lost time.
The hard-nosed tailback rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way in Class 4A eighth-ranked Broomfield’s 36-6 homecoming romp over Loveland in the Northern League opener for both.
Fraire scored on runs of 1, 2 and 44 yards as the Eagles racked up 307 yards on the ground and dominated from start to finish aside from one big play by the Indians.
“It’s really a bad feeling when you’ve got to sit on the sideline and watch your team play and not contribute,” said Fraire, who was out for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. “So last couple games I’ve really wanted to come out and try my hardest, run as hard as I can and make plays.”
Fraire’s 44-yard score late in the third quarter capped an evening in which the Eagles (3-1) took advantage of some early miscues by the inexperienced Indians (0-4) and never looked back.
The performance by Fraire came at a particularly good time for the Eagles. Their other top rusher, Ryan McCulley, has been out the last two weeks with a sprained knee.
“He missed two games and he’s angry about it,” Broomfield coach Gary Davies said of Fraire. “So he’s playing real hard. He’s a good guy, a good player.”
One week after getting humbled by rival Monarch 42-14, the Eagles out-gained Loveland 496-172. Despite the yards, the offense took a while to get going, but the BHS defense more than made up for the slow start by the O.
The Eagles recovered a fumble on Loveland’s second play from scrimmage to set up the offense at the Indians’ 22-yard line. Four plays later, quarterback Angelo Perez zipped up the middle 9 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Loveland answered with a 56-yard touchdown run by quarterback Mike Zweigle to make it 7-6. But backed up to their own 5 on their next possession, the Indians surrendered a safety on first down when BHS end Dan Persa knifed through the line and stuffed back Mike Roth in the end zone.
A big return on the ensuing kick by Fraire put the Eagles on the Loveland 20, and the tailback scored moments later on a 1-yard plunge that made it 16-6.
It was all Broomfield from there as the Eagles led 30-6 by halftime and then milked the clock with the running game in the second half.
“We thrive on our defensive intensity,” Persa said. “The offense wasn’t moving as much as we should be, so we knew the defense had to take over the game. We just did what we needed to do.”
Perez, battling illness and a sprained ankle, added his own big night to Fraire’s performance. The junior threw for 189 yards — nearly all in the first half, including a 30-yard scoring strike to Nick Ongarato. Perez also rushed for 73 yards.
Ongarato caught three passes for 69 yards, while tight end Kristian Niemi caught three for 71.
Zweigle led the way for Loveland with 51 net yards rushing and 43 passing.
“We’re coming off a big loss and we really needed to pick it up this game and have a great game on our homecoming weekend,” Fraire said. “The biggest thing is just getting a victory really, whether I have a big game or anybody else.”
Broomfield 36, Loveland 6
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Loveland (0-4) 6 0 0 0 — 6
Broomfield (3-1) 16 14 6 0 — 36
Broomfield — Angelo Perez 9 run (Pat LaLancette kick).
Loveland — Mike Zwiegle 56 run (kick failed).
Broomfield — Dan Perse safety.
Broomfield — Jose Fraire 1 run (LaLancette kick).
Broomfield — Fraire 2 run (LaLancette kick).
Broomfield — Nick Ongarato 30 pass from Perez (LaLancette kick).
Broomfield — Fraire 44 run (kick failed).
First downs 8 20
Rushing yardage 33-124 43-307
Passing yardage 48 189
Passing 7-11-0 10-19-0
Punting 5-32 1-35
Fumbles-fumbles lost 6-2 3-0
Penalty yardage 2-10 7-64
RUSHING — Loveland: Zweigle 11-51, Garcia 10-34, Shaw 1-18, Roth 5-10, Appleby 3-7, Dunkelman 3-4; Broomfield: Fraire 21-178, Perez 9-73, Robnett 5-39, Tripp 5-13, Eiben 1-6, Delp 2-(-2).
PASSING — Loveland: Zweigle 6-10-0, 43 yards; Roth 1-1-0, 5 yards; Broomfield: Perez 10-19-0, 189 yards.
RECEIVING — Loveland: Freismuth 2-13, Garcia 2-2, Shaw 1-18, Dunkelman 1-10; Broomfield: Ongarato 3-69, Niemi 3-71, Einspahr 2-31, Panicucci 1-17, Fraire 1-1.