LONGMONT — The Broomfield football team could claim confidently it was better than its record indicated prior to Thursday’s 4A non-league showdown with No. 10 Longmont at Everly-Montgomery Field.
Like they have the past two contests against Legacy and Windsor, the Eagles moved the ball. On Thursday, though, they finally posted the points to back it up.
Broomfield tripled its season point total in just 24 minutes of play against the Trojans as they jumped out to a 26-0 lead, and the Eagles remained firmly in control throughout a 29-11 victory that gave them the first win of the 2014 season.
Broomfield came out as physical as Longmont coach Doug Johnson expected, and the Eagles racked up 236 rushing yards, but Dante Panicucci also had 87 yards receiving on five catches with a touchdown despite the soggy conditions.
“The difference for us was, the whole week in practice we pushed up our intensity,” Panicucci said. “We were harder on each other with what they were doing on assignments. We just made it harder on ourselves this week and we came out with a W.”
Broomfield had scored just 13 points in two games leading up to Thursday. But with a 16-play, 80-yard opening drive capped with one of two Angelo Alvarado 1-yard touchdown runs, the Eagles showed they were prepared for a third tough team in a row.
The physical play never relented. Sophomore Jalon Torres had 22 carries for 98 yards, senior Nate Knowles had 72 on 18 carries and quarterback Logan McCormick added 78 yards for BHS. Most of those came between the hashes.
“We knew they were going to be physical, and we told our guys that,” Johnson said after his team fell to 1-2. “I was surprised at how easily they ran the ball inside on us. We looked unprepared again, and that’s on me. It’s going to be a long night.”
Of Longmont’s five first-half possessions, four ended very badly and the clock ran out on the other one. Its first drive ended with a failed fourth-down conversion, then Broomfield’s Chad Croell stumped another sequence with an interception. The next two possessions ended with fumbles, and LHS put the ball on the ground six times total (keeping two of those).
That allowed the Eagles to forge a comfortable lead. McCormick scrambled his way for a 37-yard TD run in the first quarter, and Broomfield made it 19-0 with Alvarado’s second TD, after a bad punt snap from the hosts.
Panicucci, who made some nice grabs in spite of the misty conditions, caught a jump ball with just 6.3 seconds left in the first half that made it 26-0. All five of his catches came in the first two quarters, with Broomfield resorting to ground game and clock control in the second half.
“For me, all I know is when it’s wet, I just don’t use my gloves and it helps out a lot,” Panicucci said. “We’ve got a good player in Jalon, and Nate is also strong. The type of control we had, it made us feel good.”
Longmont did cut the lead to 26-11 in the third quarter, using a 42-yard field goal from Cooper Rothe and a 2-yard TD run by Clint Sigg, but Sigg and his receivers struggled to connect during the game.
Sigg finished just 8 of 21 for 76 yards.
Conlon Berger had 91 yards rushing for the Trojans, who were coming off a sound victory over Falcon.
“Even sometimes where we had a chance to make a play and had a good play there, the ball just didn’t stay with us,” Johnson said. “We had a chance to pick up a fumble and run for a touchdown, had a chance to catch a ball for a touchdown, had a pick that was going to be a touchdown.
“Offensively … we just made some bad decisions.”
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Longmont 29, Broomfield 11
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Broomfield (1-2) 12 14 0 3 — 29
Longmont (1-2) 0 0 11 0 — 11
Broomfield — Angelo Alvarado 1 run (kick failed). Broomfield — Logan McCormick 37 run (pass failed).
Broomfield — Alvarado 1 run (Bryan Tanigawa kick). Broomfield — Dante Panicucci 8 pass from McCormick (Tanigawa kick).
Longmont — Cooper Rothe 42 field goal. Longmont — Clint Sigg 2 run (Conlon Berger run).
Broomfield — Tanigawa 33 field goal.
RUSHING — Broomfield: Jalon Torres 22-98, Nate Knowles 18-72, Logan McCormick 11-78, Angelo Alvarado 2-2, Noah Dohm 1-(minus-14). Longmont: Conlon Berger 12-91, Clint Sigg 11-43, Eli Sullivan 3-5, Logan Goodner 1-6, Coyle McCartney 1-1.
PASSING — Broomfield: McCormick 6-12-0-83. Longmont: Sigg 8-21-1-76.
RECEIVING — Broomfield: Dante Panicucci 5-87, Tristan Smith 1 -(minus-4). Longmont: McCartney 6-41, Sullivan 1-18, Filippo Swartz 1-17.