LONGMONT — David Speidel simply saw it as giving his teammates a second chance on offense. The Longmont sophomore’s early interception on Thursday night against Thompson Valley, though, really set the tone for a Northern League blowout.
After the Trojans had come out and angrily settled for a field goal on their first possession against the Eagles in a meaningful conference game at Everly-Montgomery Field, Speidel and the defense wanted to get the ball back into the hands of the prolific offense as soon as possible. No one expected that to happen on the first play.
But when Garrett Smith’s initial pass was tipped high into the air at the line and almost nonchalantly right into Speidel’s hands at the TVHS 28-yard line with 8:43 left in the first quarter, it allowed the LHS offense to march right out for another shot at the end zone.
One play later — a 26-yard scamper from Drake Greeott — and the Trojans were rolling, on their way to a 38-14 blowout to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.
“It was big. Coach (Doug Johnson) was saying that we needed three picks and we had to get the offense going,” said Speidel, who ended up with two interceptions on the night as the defense held TVHS to 210 total yards. “Going out, not getting the touchdown but then getting the pick and then letting the offense go and score really got us going.”
Clint Sigg threw for 211 yards in the first half, tossing two touchdowns, and Greeott ran for 66 yards and had three total touchdowns as Longmont managed to pour it on early and get some younger players some healthy experience in the second half.
Even as soon as the first drive the Trojans were on their game offensively, but a couple of penalties stalled out the promising start. They were able to correct their mistakes, and by the time they had made it 10-0, the unit was more in synch with what they wanted to do.
Sigg and wideout Spencer Zuege in particular had a special connection going, as the junior quarterback found the senior five times for an even 100 yards. On the Trojans’ fourth drive of the contest, Zuege caught passes of 25 and 21 yards — the second of those giving the Trojans a 24-0 advantage.
“They’re always working out after practice, and I think they do have a great connection. They just trust each other,” Speidel said.
Meanwhile, Greeott had a half to remember as well. He went untouched on an 18-yard TD run at the front end of the second quarter, then caught a seam pass later on for 11 yards and another score.
“We just stuck with our game plan, and the defense just did a great job for us,” Greeott said. “We came out a little soft, and I don’t know why but it just didn’t seem like we were ready for that game. I’m glad (Speidel) got that pick, and we really turned it around from there.”
The upstart Eagles (3-2, 1-2) were athletic on offense, at least in the skill positions. Quarterback Garrett Smith and running back Faithin Williams proved quite dynamic when in the open field, but for the Eagles those opportunities were few and far between.
The Eagles had just 80 yards at the half, and 47 of those came on one play — a touchdown pass from Smith to Gunner Mengel to make the score 31-7.
The large lead allowed for Johnson to rotate quarterbacks, subbing Speidel in for Sigg almost every other play to try and get some kinks worked out.
And yes, they showed there were still some things they could work on as they continue in their quest for a league title.
“When I was in, we had some false starts because of the snap counts, but we just have to get used to that,” Speidel added.
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LONGMONT 38, THOMPSON VALLEY 14
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Thompson Valley (3-2, 1-2) 0 7 0 7 — 14
Longmont (4-1, 3-0) 24 14 0 0 — 38
L — Cooper Rothe 45 field goal, 8:56.
L — Drake Greeott 26 run (Rothe kick), 8:35.
L — Eli Sullivan 3 run (Rothe kick), 5:32.
L — Clint Sigg 21 pass to Spencer Zuege (Rothe kick), 2:43.
L — Greeott 18 run (Rothe kick), 10:01.
TV — Garrett Smith 47 pass to Gunner Mengel (L.J. Worthington kick), 6:02.
L — Sigg 11 pass to Greeott (Rothe kick), :48.
TV — Garrett Smith 4 run (Worthington kick), 6:50.
RUSHING — Thompson Valley: Faithin Williams 6-50, Garrett Smith 9-5; Longmont: Eloy Valdez 15-84, Drake Greeott 6-66, Duncan McCabe 7-29, Clint Sigg 4-15, Eli Sullivan 4-12, Conlan Berger 1-3, Michael Stephens 2-2, Ethan Gabrielle 1-0, Johnny DeLeon 2-(minus-4), David Speidel 5-(minus-5).
PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Thompson Valley: Smith 16-24-2-155; Longmont: Sigg 12-19-0-211, Speidel 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING — Thompson Valley: Gunner Mengel 1-47, Williams 8-39, Drew Meintzer 3-39, Dylan Culp 3-29, Brady Ballinger 1-4; Longmont: Spencer Zuege 5-100, Sullivan 3-65, Filippo Swartz 2-35, Greeott 1-11, Gabrielle 1-0.