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Football: Legacy pulls off rally vs. Arvada West to halt slide

WESTMINSTER — After Friday’s homecoming game, Steven Yoshihara was all smiles. The Legacy quarterback had every right to be.

After a rocky few weeks, the Lightning got back on the winning track in a big way. And the team’s 38-21 trouncing of North Metro foe Arvada West was in no small part because of powerful right arm of the Legacy quarterback.

Yoshihara came into his own in the game, finishing the night with 186 yards and two touchdowns. But to the senior, the only stats that really moved him were on the scoreboard at the end of the game.

“It’s good to be back on the winning track, I don’t even have words for how good this feels,” Yoshihara said.

The quarterback did not need to verbalize much. His actions spoke volumes.

After Legacy fell behind early, Yoshihara was one of the main catalysts to his team skinning the Wildcats in the second half. Legacy scored 31 unanswered points to surge back into the lead, the first two of the second half coming on the quarterback’s sixth and seventh touchdown passes of the season.

His first strike came after an 11-play drive with two third-down conversions. But it was his second score — a 51-yard toss to Mike Straface — that even wowed Yoshihara.

“I threw it up and let him go get it, it was a great play by him,” the quarterback said. “We’ve come a long way since the Chaparral game.”

Yoshihara was far from the only Lightning player impressed with the team’s rally. But as Jake Bublitz pointed out, Legacy did not sit on its laurels after enduring a three-game losing streak.

“We put in the work to earn this win this week,” said the senior, who scored on both sides of the ball Friday. “We’re just trying to get better every week.”

Legacy had the opportunity to showcase its entire offense in the win. In addition to Yoshihara, Straface and Bublitz finding the end zone, Phydell Paris and Mitch McCall also scored touchdowns. And each facet of the game played into the other, with the run game feeding into the pass and vice versa.

To Wayne Voorhees, it more than proved how dangerous the Lightning can be when they are hitting on all cylinders.

“If we can stay balanced, then we can put up some yards,” the Legacy coach said. “We were able to open holes for our running backs and some routes for our receivers.”

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LEGACY 38, ARVADA WEST 21

At North Stadium

Arvada West (1-4, 0-1) 7 7 0 7 — 21

Legacy (2-3, 1-0) 0 10 14 14 — 38


SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

Arvada West — Marcus Calhane 13 pass from Allen Martin (Kaleb Whiting kick).

Second Quarter

Arvada West — Calhane 7 pass from Martin (Whiting kick).

Legacy — Travis Baum 30 field goal.

Legacy — Phydell Paris 1 run (Baum kick).

Third Quarter

Legacy — Mitch McCall 3 pass from Steven Yoshihara (Baum kick).

Legacy — Mike Straface 51 pass from Yoshihara (Baum kick).

Fourth Quarter

Legacy — Jake Bublitz 9 run (Baum kick).

Arvada West — Casey Lewis 30 pass from Martin (Whiting kick).

Legacy — Jake Bublitz 40 interception return (Baum kick).


AWHS LHS

First downs 12 18

Rushes-yards 31-95 40-240

Passing yards 167 186

Comp-Att-Int 10-24-1 12-24-1

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 7-47 3-19


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Arvada West: Martin 12-33, Neloms 12-42, Mitchell 4-13, #28 2-13, Culhane 1-(-6); Legacy: Paris 26-127, Yoshihara 5-16, Bublitz 9-47.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Arvada West: Martin 10-24-1, 167 yards; Legacy: Yoshihara 12-24-1, 180 yards.

RECEIVING — Arvada West: Rios 1-21, Culhane 4-63, Jojola 1-5 Legacy: Straface 2-65, McCall 2-42, Paris 2-18, Matthews 3-17, Bublitz 1-10, Baum 2-65, Edwards 1-30.

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