ARVADA — Losing the showdown against Monarch in lopsided fashion was a tough pill for the Eagles to swallow.
Golden proved to be the perfect elixir to get No. 7 Broomfield rolling again entering the 4A playoffs next week.
The Eagles (8-2, 4-1) had 307 yards rushing on 18 carries (17.1 per attempt) in the first half and led 42-0 at the intermission en route to a 56-0 victory over the hapless Demons (1-9, 0-5) on Friday night at the North Area Athletic Complex.
“We have to believe in ourselves. When you get the mercy rule on you, it shakes your confidence a little bit,” Broomfield coach Gary Davies said, referring to being on the wrong end of the 42-7 blowout against the Coyotes. “I think we took a big step in getting that confidence back.”
Senior running back Ryan McCulley made quick work of Golden’s porous defense with touchdown runs of 22, 64 and 60 yards in the first half.
“We really needed to make up for last week,” McCulley said. “We respect everyone we play, but we needed to pound them to get our confidence back up because it was depleted.”
D.J. Zissimos rumbled for a 38-yard touchdown to make the score 21-0 with 54.9 seconds left in the opening quarter.
The Eagles intercepted junior quarterback Jake McCormick, who didn’t complete a pass until the final play of the game, on the first play of the second quarter.
Connor Eakes scored moments later on a 1-yard touchdown run. Eakes also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Gian Panicucci on the final play of the half.
“I think after last week winning helps. We talked about trying to reestablish our identity a little bit,” Davies said. “I think offensively we did. We were explosive.
“Defensively, we watched them on film and they play hard. We told our guys this was a team that wasn’t going to roll over, it’s their last game, they’ve got nothing to lose. It’s nice that we got the shutout.”
Noah Tripp returned the second half kickoff 59 yards to set up a his own 1-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter as the clock ran.
Golden’s only win of the season courtesy of a Thompson Valley forfeit for using an ineligible player.
“We got our confidence up for the playoffs and that’s all that matters,” McCulley said.
The Eagles will learn their playoff fate on Sunday.
BROOMFIELD 56, GOLDEN 0
At North Area Athletic Complex
Broomfield (8-2, 4-1) 21 21 7 7 — 56
Golden (1-9, 0-5) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Broomfield — Ryan McCulley 22 run (Pat Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — McCulley 64 run (Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — D.J. Sissimos 38 run (Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — Connor Eakes 1 run (Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — McCulley 60 run (Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — Gian Panicucci 10 pass from Eakes (Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — Noah Tripp 1 run (Lalancette kick).
Broomfield — Nate Knowles 5 run (Lalancette kick).
First downs 17 6
Rushes-yards 33-360 35-73
Passing yards 34 6
Comp-Att-Int 3-6-0 1-9-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties-Yards 6-50 4-46
RUSHING — Broomfield: McCulley 6-174, Eakes 4-31, Plane 1-32, Perez 2-16, Zissimos 5-54, Cox 6-36, Frese 1-0, Tripp 5-10, Knowles 3-7; Golden: Salas 22-56, McCormick 3-0, Malone 4-6, Swim 4-13.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Broomfield: Perez 2-5-0 24 yards, Eakes 1-1-0 10 yards; Golden: McCormick 1-9-1, 6 yards.
RECEIVING — Broomfield: Plane 1-5, Derus 1-19, Panicucci 1-10; Golden: Salas 1-6.