BROOMFIELD– Matt Erb had a season’s worth of highlights in the first 24 minutes of the Holy Family season.
In the first half alone, the Tigers senior had five catches for 110 yards, two touchdowns and also scored on a fumble recovery.
“It could have been a lot better,” Erb said. “I need to work on my blocking a little bit.”
What a perfectionist.
Erb’s effort and that of the entire Tigers offense in the first half was more than enough for Holy Family — who went to the locker rooms with a 35-3 lead — in Week 1 against rival Faith Christian and ultimately beat the Eagles 42-16 at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.
When all was said and done, Erb finished with 10 catches for 194 yards and some of the more spectacular plays of the night didn’t get to the end zone but set them up.
“He’s a great football player and he plays outside of his body,” Tigers coach Mike Gabriel said. “He keeps going and going and going. He was dying in that fourth quarter, but he just kept playing and that is what we have come to expect from him.”
The high-flying Holy Family offense, led by quarterback David Sommers, woke up in the second quarter. After blocking a Stefan Knoerr 40-yard field goal attempt, the Tigers marched 80 yards in 14 plays, mixing up the run and the pass, and capped it with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Sommers to Erb.
Forty four second later, the Holy Family defense stepped up, ripping the ball out of the hands of Faith running back Britton Naas and right into the hands of Erb, who went the other way 30 yards to put the Tigers up 21-3.
“Ball just popped out right into my hand, it came right to me,” Erb said. “I’ve got to let the game come to me.”
After another defensive stand that was highlighted by all sorts of big plays, notably from senior Zach Trombley, the Tigers tacked on some more. A 28-yard catch and run by Erb set up and Ryan Younggreen 2-yard run.
“We knew what we had to do and we did our jobs,” Trombley said. “We didn’t try to make the biggest play or get the biggest hit, we just did our jobs.”
Holy Family put a cherry on their second half sundae, going 74 yards in 26 second to end the half. Sommers hooked up with Erb from 8-yards out.
“For our kids, it’s a huge game,” Gabriel said. “That’s the biggest crowd we’ve had in two years.”
The highlight for Faith Christian was their kicker Knoerr, who sent all of his kickoffs through the end zone. The senior also booted three field goals covering 20, 45 and 39 yards.
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Holy Family 42, Faith Christian 16
At Holy Family H.S.
Faith Christian (1-1) 3 0 6 7 — 16
Holy Family (1-0) 7 28 0 7 — 42
HF — Weston Dinsmore 15 pass from David Sommers (Joey Golter kick).
FC — FG Stefan Knoerr 20.
HF — Matt Erb 4 pass from Sommers (Golter kick).
HF — Erb 30 fumble recovery (Golter kick).
HF — Ryan Younggreen 2 run (Golter kick).
HF — Erb 8 pass from Sommers (Golter kick).
FC — FG Knoerr 40.
FC — FG Knoerr 36.
FC — Daniel Langewisch 1 run (Knoerr kick).
HF — Bryce Buderus 34 pass from Sommers (Golter kick).
RUSHING — Faith Christian: Daniel Langwisch 12-97; Britton Naas 15-60; Adam Buchmann 12-58; Gunnar Caldwell 12-54; TJ Hasz 1-0; Jonas Spitzer 9-(minus-9); Holy Family: Ryan Younggreen 13-60; David Sommers 9-44; Weston Dinsmore 3-12; David Johnson 1-2; Zach Trombley 1-1.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Faith Christian: Spitzer 1-2-0-36; Buchmann 1-2-0-32; Langwisch 1-7-1-14; Holy Family: Sommers 17-25-1-275; Christopher Helbig 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING — Faith Christian: Hasz 1-36; Grant Harkness 1-32; Naas 1-5; Holy Family: Erb 10-194; Dinsmore 3-22; Buderus 1-34; Helbig 1-11; Johnson 1-10; Jeff Ball 1-3.