BROOMFIELD — On Friday night, nobody could question Ethan Marks. The running back was indisputably the most dominant player in Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
The junior for third-ranked Monarch marched his team up and down the field all night with one of his most productive outings of the year. But it was not Marks’ 253 rushing yards or his three touchdowns that had jaws hanging. It was what they led up to that did.
The running back was the engine to the Coyotes’ biggest win of the season, a 42-7 rout of their Mountain League rival and top-ranked Broomfield.
“We came out here and did what we wanted to,” Marks said. “Our goal all week was to take it to them.”
Marks scored on Broomfield (7-2, 3-1) from 3, 1 and 32 yards out over the course of the game. But the Monarch back also felt the game was his time to strike, not only because of its weight, but also how he felt.
“It’s the first time I’ve played healthy since week one,” Marks said. “I’ve had a sprained AC joint and inflamed disks in my lower back that have been bugging me.”
Monarch coach Phil Bravo gave his team and its coaches tons of credit for putting in the work to come up with the win. But even Bravo was wowed with the outcome. He knew his team would put up a fight, maybe even dominate, but he was shocked they were so strong as to initiate a mercy-rule running clock on the Eagles.
“I was shocked because that just doesn’t happen,” he said.
Bravo likes the direction his team is moving coming off the win, believing it points to Monarch’s fourth-consecutive conference championship. But he also believes the Coyotes have their work cut out with the season finale against Standley Lake.
“They were a team that had Broomfield on the ropes,” he said.
Nothing came together for Broomfield in what might have been the peak of the team’s rockiest stretch of the season. Eagles coach Gary Davies was back on the sidelines after a paid administrative leave that saw him miss last week’s game, but even his presence did not seem to spark any life into Broomfield.
Not until the Broomfield’s final possession did the Eagles get on the board. And while spectacular, D.J. Zissimos’ 80-yard touchdown run did little to affect the outcome. From Davies’ perspective, there was a slew of things that went wrong, starting with two blocked punts.
“Our special teams let us down, then they wore us down in the second half,” the coach said.
Broomfield was missing three linemen Friday, including United States Military Academy recruit Andrew McLean. Key as those positions were against Monarch’s bruising double-wing attack, Davies did not look to the injuries as an excuse.
“All I know about is the guys that were here, ” the coach said. “We can’t worry about the guys who aren’t here, because we can’t coach them. The guys here need to decide if they want to win some games or if we’re done.”
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Monarch 42, Broomfield 7
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Monarch (8-1, 4-0) 6 16 7 14 — 42
Broomfield (7-2, 3-1) 0 0 0 7 — 7
Monarch — Braden Pape 11 run (kick failed).
Monarch — Ethan Marks 3 run (Kidd Soole run).
Monarch — Kidd Soole 14 run (Jamie Falloon kick).
Monarch — Marks 1 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Marks 32 run (Falloon kick).
Monarch — Philip Bubernak 1 run (Falloon kick).Broomfield — D.J. Zissimos 80 run (Pat LaLancette kick).
First downs 17 7
Rushes-yards 58-405 22-193
Passing yards 0 77
Comp-Att-Int 0-2-0 7-17-2
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 11-100 3-35
RUSHING — Monarch: Marks 33-253, Soole 10-106, Hart 2-1, Pape 9-37, Watson 2-6, Bubernak 2-2; Broomfield: McCulley 15-105, Perez 4-2, Eakes 1-2, Gee 1-4, Zissimos 1-80 .
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Monarch: Watson 0-2-0, 0 yards; Broomfield: Perez 7-17-2, 77 yards.
RECEIVING — Broomfield: Panicucci 3-34, Gee 1-4, Ferguson 2-30, Perse 1-9.