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Football: Angelo Perez’s passing game has Broomfield Eagles flying high

David R. Jennings
Broomfield’s quarterback Angelo Perez passes on the run against Longmont during Friday’s game at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. October 21, 2011

From pre-snap reads to pass-coverage recognition, quarterback is a position of variables. But for Broomfield’s signal-caller, excelling under center really comes down to two things.

“If I make my reads and I’m confident in my passes, then really everything turns out fine,” Angelo Perez said.

The junior’s formula for air superiority is simple, but effective — the Eagles’ passing attack is soaring higher than it has in about a decade.

So far this season, Perez has been among the most productive ball slingers in Class 4A, completing 104-of-196 passes for 1,984 yards and 11 touchdowns. But early on, the quarterback had his doubts about how big a role his right arm would play in Broomfield’s historically run-dominated offense.

The first-year starter believed he had to prove himself competent before the Broomfield coaching staff cut him loose.

Luckily for Perez, he showed he could rise to the occasion early in the season. And he did so in one of the Eagles’ highest profile wins, when the team earned its first-ever victory over cross-town rival Legacy on Sept. 9.

Perez let the ball sail for a season-high 276 yards passing in Broomfield’s 38-23 win.

“I think we proved to the coaches we could pass the ball in that game,” said Perez, who has four, 200-plus yard outings this season. “Now we pass so much in each game that it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.”

Broomfield coach Gary Davies has been impressed with his quarterback’s growth over the course of the season and points to a slew of factors making Perez dangerous. Davies believes the junior’s quick release, strong running style and competitiveness are a few of the sparkplugs Perez uses to keep the passing game hitting on all cylinders.

But the Davies also knows there is more at work in Perez than just athletic or motivational factors.

“He makes the right decisions,” the coach said. “He just has an innate feel for the position.”

Perez must continue to make all the right moves with Broomfield (9-2) facing the fight of its life in the quarterfinals of the 4A playoffs.

The seventh-seeded Eagles face one of the two teams to beat them this season at 7 p.m. Friday at Warrior Stadium, taking on second-seeded Monarch (11-0).

The first meeting on Sept. 16 was disastrous for Broomfield, with the Eagles falling 42-14 in their worst loss of the season.

But the rout had a bright spot — Perez. The quarterback passed for 188 yards — right around his season average — and scored on the ground and through the air.

Even with some success over one of the state’s stingiest defenses — the Coyotes have only allowed an average 6.6 points per game — Perez understands it is going to take a whole lot more to keep the Eagles’ offense sky high.

“We got it in our heads early last game that Monarch is better than us,” Perez said. “We can’t let that happen again. We’ve got to be ready to fight.”