LONGMONT — Recently, Silver Creek has been known for its vaunted passing game. But Anthony Emberley more than proved on Friday night that the third-ranked Raptors possess a multi-dimensional attack.
The running back was a butcher with the ball in his hands, carving up large chunks of yards nearly every time he carried the ball at Everly-Mongomery Field. And his hard work and huge touchdowns came at a pivotal point in the season for the Raptors.
With Class 3A questioning whether the state runners-up were still as explosive as 2011, Silver Creek’s 28-17 win over fourth-ranked Holy Family more than provided an answer.
“I hope we’ve quieted some those who have been questioning us,” said Emberley, who collected 119 of his team’s 275 rushing yards. “We have the same potential as we did last year.”
Emberley provided Silver Creek (4-0) its two biggest plays in its homecoming game, giving his team huge momentum swings against Holy Family (3-1).
The back first broke for 56 yards in the second quarter to set up his team’s second touchdown. Two-plays later he punched the ball in putting SCHS en route to a 21-point opening half. It was his second touchdown, late in the game, that was the most weighty.
With Holy Family still within striking distance, Emberley put the ballgame to bed with a 50-yard scoot to the end zone. The play gave Silver Creek a commanding 28-9 lead.
“The past couple of weeks we’ve run the ball really well,” he said. “The offensive line did a great job tonight. I owe a lot to my guys up front.”
Emberley was not the only one wowed by the Raptors’ powerful rushing game. But coach Mike Apodaca also understands that the statement his team made offensively, and defensively, puts a target on its back.
“We’re as much the hunted as hunter right now,” Apodaca said.
It took Holy Family the better part of the game to get into a rhythm, with team scoring its first touchdown in the fourth quarter. Before Tigers quarterback David Sommers hit Tyler Hsin in the end zone on an 18-yard pass, it was only Holy Family’s kicking game that kept the Tigers kicking.
Marco Lonardo hit consecutive field goals from 32, 31 and 20 yards out in the second and third quarters to keep the Tigers’ hopes alive. Much of Holy Family’s problem, from coach Mike Gabriel’s standpoint, was the team not finding a spark from the start.
“We’ve played three games before tonight and we’ve come out slow in every one,” Gabriel said. “We’re just hoping after this the kids figure it out.”
Some of Holy Family’s trouble was Apodaca sicking his defense on the Tigers’ top play makers early and often.
“They have explosive players in (Sommers and running back Jared DeHerrera),” the Silver Creek coach said. “We had to contain them. If we would have given them an inch, they would have taken a mile.”
Apodaca was impressed with his defense holding Holy Family to 293 yards. But more than statistics, the coach was buoyed by the point his team proved in the face of those who have doubted the Raptors.
“It’s a credit to those kids who listened to themselves and their coach, put the time in the offseason and kept the faith,” he said.
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SILVER CREEK 28, HOLY FAMILY 17
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Holy Family (3-1) 0 6 3 8 — 17
Silver Creek(4-07 14 0 7 — 28
Silver Creek — Kyle Kent 1 run (Ryan Charles kick).
Silver Creek — Anthony Emberley 3 run (Charles kick).
Silver Creek — Kent 2 run (Charles kick).
Holy Family — Marco Lonardo 32 field goal.
Holy Family — Lonardo 31 field goal
Holy Family — Lonardo 20 field goal.
Silver Creek — Emberley 50 run (Charles kick).
Holy Family — Tyler Hsin 18 pass from Sommers (Schafer pass from Sommers).
First downs 13 11
Rushes-yards 28-133 43-275
Passing yards 160 108
Comp-Att-Int 14-37-2 9-19-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 2-15 6-50
RUSHING — Holy Family: DeHerrera 16-82, Sommers 9-39, Hsin 1-11, Dinsmore 1-1, Johnson 1-0; Silver Creek: Quiroz 23-102, Sjobakken 5-20, Emberley 7-119, Kent 5-15, Fleming 1-18, Machmuller 1-1.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Holy Famil: Sommers 14-37-2, 160 yards; Silver Creek: Sjobakken 9-19-0, 108 yards.
RECEIVING — Holy Family: Schafer 2-10, DeHerrera 3-24, Hollwedel 1-9, Erb 1-9, Segeth 1-6, Martinez 1-32, Hsin 4-39; Silver Creek: Machmuller 1-8, Fleming 7-80, Ricks 19.