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Longmont QB Clint Sigg attempts to avoid Loveland defender Charles Dunkelman during the Trojans' homecoming loss Thursday night.
Longmont QB Clint Sigg attempts to avoid Loveland defender Charles Dunkelman during the Trojans’ homecoming loss Thursday night.

LONGMONT — Having won six straight games and playing on homecoming night, everything was in line for the Longmont football team to wrap up the 4A Northern League title on Thursday night.

But the seventh-ranked Trojans let the opportunity slip, falling 42-21 to the ninth-ranked Loveland Indians.

“I can’t say it was the offense’s fault, I can’t say it was the defense’s fault,” senior tight end Ryan Bant-Cogburn said. “We just never got it together tonight.”

Senior tailback Drake Greeott led the Trojans, who trailed just 20-7 at halftime, with 55 rushing yards and 46 receiving yards. He also scored his team’s three touchdowns while making his return from an injury that kept him out two games.

But the Trojans’ normally prolific offense, which has scored 30 or more points in its last three games, sputtered against the Indians.

Trojans junior quarterback Clint Sigg had thrown just one interception in the Trojans’ first seven games. He threw two on Thursday. The Indians defense also bottled up explosive runner Elijah Sullivan, holding him to 48 rushing yards and no touchdowns.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game and it didn’t go our way,” Greeott said. “I thought we could have started a lot better but we just didn’t. It definitely makes our last game a big one because we are all kind of tied up at the top.”

Had the Trojans won, they would have sat alone atop the Northern League with a 6-0 conference record and would have locked up the regular season title with one game left to play. The loss, however, puts added pressure on the Trojans, who are now tied with the Indians and the Windsor Wizards atop the Northern League with 5-1 conference records, to beat Greeley Central next week.

If the Trojans, Indians and Wizards all win their finals games, there will be a three-way tie atop the Northern League. The Trojans hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over Windsor, which holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over Loveland, which now holds a tiebreaker over the Trojans.

Thursday’s loss quickly turned from disappointing to tragic when the Trojans film tower fell as the teams took the field to shake hands following the game. Trojans film coach Tom Hansen was injured in the accident and was taken off the field on a stretcher and to the hospital in an ambulance.

Trojans head coach Doug Johnson said Hansen was seriously injured but was coherent and talking when they took him away in the ambulance.

“I’m concerned about Tom right now,” Johnson said when asked about the game. “I don’t know. This all makes football seem like a silly game.”

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Loveland 42, Longmont 21

At Everly-Montgomery Field

Loveland (7-1, 5-1) 13 7 22 0 — 42

Longmont (6-2, 5-1) 0 7 0 14 — 21


First Quarter

Loveland — Grant McCloughan 21 run (Jayce Melby kick).

Loveland — Mike Zweigle 4 run (kick blocked).

Second Quarter

Loveland — Jacob Weinmaster 3 run (Melby kick).

Longmont — Drake Greeott 3 run (Cooper Rothe kick).

Third Quarter

Loveland — Weinmaster 3 run (Tanner Berry pass from Zweigle).

Loveland — Berry 16 pass from Zweigle (Melby kick).

Loveland — Weinmaster 15 run (Melby kick).

Fourth Quarter

Longmont — Greeott 3 run (Rothe kick).

Longmont — Greeott 7 run (Rothe kick).


RUSHING — Loveland: Ryan McCloughan 7-62, Mike Zwiegle 10-52, Jacob Weinmaster 6-42, Stanly Garcia 5-50, Jimmy Preciado 2-11, John Freismuth 1-4, Kenneth Pomponio 1-4, Macus Vasquez 2-3, Anthony Staiano 2-(-1); Longmont: Drake Greeott 12-55, Clint Sigg 15-54, Elijah Sullivan 8-48, Ryan Bant-Cogburn 1-12, Ethan Gabrielle 2-7, Eloy Valdez 2-5, Duncan McCabe 1-3, Trevor Cook 1-0.

PASSING (comp-att-int-yards) — Loveland: Mike Zweigle 9-12-0-99, Jacob Weinmaster 0-1-0-0, Ryan McCloughan 0-1-0-0; Longmont: Clint Sigg 12-25-2-153.

RECEIVING — Loveland: Tanner Berry 2-42, Jacob Weinmaster 3-12, Ryan McCloughan 3-10, John Freismuth 1-35; Longmont: Drake Greeott 4-46, Ryan Bant-Cogburn 2-35, Elijah Sullivan 2-34, Spencer Zuege 2-20, Ethan Gabrielle 2-18.

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