BROOMFIELD — It was dominant in every single way for Silver Creek … and they did it on not even two full days’ worth of practice.
Good luck convincing coach Mike Apodaca to switch up his practice routine.
“He loves his practice time,” Raptors quarterback Ben Sjobakken said.
The top-ranked and defending 3A champion Raptors stepped on the gas pedal from the get-go and overwhelmed No. 3 Holy Family in every facet, rolling to a 45-14 nonleague victory at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.
But it wasn’t so much the on-the-field efforts of his team that caught Apodaca’s eye this week. It was more the effort his team showed to the community of Longmont after the massive flooding that left parts of the city under water.
“Our kids were just anxious to play,” said Apodaca, whose team moved to 3-0. “You never know as a coach and you can’t prepare for this stuff, they called this a 500 year flood, so there is no way you can figure out how to bring them back.
“But I told my kids, the one thing I am most proud of this week, win or lose, was their effort in helping their family, their community and their teammates. For three days, we probably had 60 kids out there, while other teams were practicing. We question our youth sometimes and this week youth showed that they are more than capable of great character and are willing to help their neighbors.”
Several Silver Creek players’ homes were damaged, including captain Issac Miller, whose dad Russ is an assistant coach. The Millers spent much of the week cleaning out the family’s basement.
Sjobakken and the Silver Creek offense built on an early 2-0 lead on their second offensive possession, when the senior quarterback connected with Zane Lindsey on a simple crossing pattern that ended up going 91-yards for the first touchdown of the game.
Lindsey would haul in his second touchdown moments later after Holy Family’s Bryce Buderus fumbled deep in his own end. A 17-yard hook-up from Sjobakken made it 16-0 just 10 minutes into the game.
Silver Creek capped off its 24-point first quarter on Brock Ricks’ 33-yard reception from Sjobakken.
“Having lost a game as seniors, we wanted to come in here and jump on them early and that is what we did,” said Sjobakken, who finished 14-of-24 for 291 yards and three scores. “It was so much fun, just seeing all our guys doing their job and the O-line was fantastic, the receivers were making catches. Everything seemed to be going well and the defense was just playing lights out.”
The Raptors defense put the clamps on the Tigers’ high-powered offense, limiting Sommers to just 26 yards rushing. A majority of Sommers’ 177 passing yards came well after the running clock began early in the third quarter. Holy Family’s Ryan Younggreen finished with nine yards on seven carries.
“They are a great team and we knew we couldn’t make mistakes to be successful tonight,” Tigers coach Mike Gabriel said. “We gave up probably 16-20 points on errors in the first half.”
Silver Creek continued its offensive onslaught in the first half. Running back Anthony Kasper scored the first of his two touchdowns early in the second quarter to make it 31-0. The cherry on top of the first-half Raptors sundae was when Sebastian Metcalf blocked Marco Lonardo’s 48-yard field goal attempt. The ball went right to Austin Hartman and the senior went 78 yards the other way.
Kasper finished with 170 yards on 14 carries, including an 80-yard burst on the first play of the second half that started the running clock.
“We were hot and maybe those days off slowed us down a little bit,” said Gabriel, whose team missed their game with Mead last week. “I can’t take anything away from what they did to us, they handled us.”
Silver Creek will look to keep it going next Friday at home against Frederick. The Tigers will try to get back on track next Friday in Berthoud against the Spartans in their final nonleague game before opening Northern League play the following week.
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Silver Creek 45, Holy Family 14
At Holy Family H.S.
Silver Creek (3-0) 24 14 7 0 — 45
Holy Family (2-1) 0 0 0 14 — 14
Silver Creek — Safety (ball snapped out of end zone).
Silver Creek — Zane Lindsey 91 pass from Ben Sjobakken (Ryan Charles kick).
Silver Creek — Lindsey 17 pass from Sjobakken (Charles kick).
Silver Creek — Brock Ricks 33 pass from Sjobakken (Kasper run).
Silver Creek — Kasper 9 run (Charles kick).
Silver Creek — Austin Hartman 78 blocked field goal return (Charles kick).
Silver Creek— Kasper 80 run (Charles kick).
Holy Family — David Sommers 5 run (kick failed).
Holy Family — Weston Dinsmore 5 pass from Sommers 5 run (Chris Helbig pass from Somers).
RUSHING — Silver Creek: Anthony Kasper 14-170; Josh Quiroz 2-12; Eric Machmuller 2-7; Andre Apodaca 2-7; Ben Sjobakken 2-(minus-8); Holy Family: David Sommers 12-26; Ryan Younggreen 7-9; Weston Dinsmore 2-2.
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Silver Creek: Sjobakken 14-24-1-291; Holy Family: Sommers 16-26-0-177; Chris Helbig 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: Zane Lindsey 7-196; Brock Ricks 3-41; Machmuller 2-31; Kasper 1-19; Nico Rembert 1-4; Holy Family: Matt Erb 5-63; Jeff Ball 3-23; Dinsmore 2-40; Younggreen 2-28; Chanson Segeth 2-12; Bryce Buderus 2-11.