BROOMFIELD — Between them, Gary Davies and Mike Apodaca have almost 40 years of football head coaching service at their respective schools. During that time, they’ve won more than two-thirds of their games.
Because of all their experience, the two know better than most about the ebbs and flows of the game — how it giveth and taketh away.
Friday’s matchup of Davies’ Broomfield Eagles and Apodaca’s Silver Creek Raptors certainly fit the bill as BHS went up by two touchdowns early, lost its lead, regained it, but had to withstand a Silver Creek rally en route to a 31-24 victory at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
With that, No. 10-ranked Broomfield not only should have locked up a spot in the 16-team 4A playoffs, but will be going in with some momentum. The Eagles (7-3, 4-1 in the Northern League) won seven of their last eight games after dropping their first two.
“Coach (Davies) said all week to get this win and go into the tournament with heads held high and see if we can make some noise,” said quarterback Logan McCormick, who rushed for 148 yards and threw for 94 on Friday.
Silver Creek, meanwhile, isn’t used to finishing its season in October, but did so on Friday. The Raptors, who stepped up to Class 4A this season after three straight appearances in the 3A state title game, ended up 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the Northern. Despite two wins in the last four games, that 3-7 mark matches the worst record the Raptors have produced in the last decade. They had as many losses this year as in their previous three seasons combined.
“The reality is, if you look at our schedule, we played great 4A teams,” said Apodaca, whose 2012 team won the 3A state title. “I think six of the seven losses we had will be to playoff teams. And in those games we were more than competitive. Four of our seven losses we had a chance with three minutes left to go in the game. We just didn’t finish this year.
“But I’d be crazy to think that group of kids didn’t expect to make a run to the playoffs. And they played like it in terms of effort all through the season. Unfortunately, some breaks didn’t go our way and this, that and the other.”
Broomfield, which went up 13-0 on Friday but trailed 14-13 early in the second quarter, scored five of the six times it had the ball in the first half. McCormick ran for touchdowns of 54, 12 and 27 yards, and tossed a TD strike of 35 yards to Jack Sherwood.
Silver Creek, which trailed 31-14 at halftime, came back to make a contest of it with 10 fourth-quarter points to get within a touchdown with 3:11 remaining. But Broomfield managed to run out the clock from there for the victory.
Broomfield’s defense gave up yardage, but it came up with many big plays, racking up four quarterback sacks to go with a like number of interceptions — by Ryan Mazzola (two), Noah Dohm and Tommy Trotter.
“We made a lot of mistakes, and we need to learn how to put teams away,” Davies said. “We’ve got a lot of work in a week to get ready for whoever we end up playing. But we’re going to the tournament. If we can tweak a few things, you never know.”
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Broomfield 31, Silver Creek 24
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Silver Creek (3-7, 2-3) 7 7 0 10 — 24
Broomfield (7-3, 4-1) 13 18 0 0 — 31
Broomfield — Logan McCormick 54 run (Bryan Tanigawa kick). Broomfield — Jack Sherwood 35 pass from McCormick (kick blocked). Silver Creek — Silver Creek — Lukas Bush 11 pass from Austin Wood (Sean Peskin kick).
Silver Creek — Anthony Kasper 5 run (Peskin kick). Broomfield — McCormick 12 run (Tanigawa kick). Broomfield — McCormick 27 run (McCormick run). Broomfield — Tanigawa 44 field goal.
Silver Creek — Austin Hartman 3 pass from Wood (Peskin kick). Silver Creek —
Peskin 36 field goal.
RUSHING — Silver Creek: Webster 10-79, Kasper 6-23, N. Hartman 1-2, Wood 5-(18); Broomfield: McCormick 18-148, Knowles 19-134, Sherwood 4-37.
PASSING — Silver Creek: Wood 18-32-4-217, Webster 1-1-0-35; Broomfield: McCormick 7-16-0-94.
RECEIVING — Silver Creek: A. Hartman 6-83, Peterson 5-90, Kasper 3-43, Bush 3-25, Ramirez 1-9, Higgins 1-2; Broomfield: Sherwood 2-39, Panicucci 2-26, Betty 1-18, Lehnerz 1-6, Dohm 1-6.