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Longmont running back Conlan Berger escapes the clutches of the Fort Collins defense during the Trojans' 4A quarterfinal win Friday night.
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Longmont running back Conlan Berger escapes the clutches of the Fort Collins defense during the Trojans’ 4A quarterfinal win Friday night.


FORT COLLINS — Neither Longmont nor Fort Collins admittedly played their best game the first time they met in September.

It was a game that stuck in the craw of the Trojans, who turned the ball over five times and lost just 13-7.

On a frigid Friday night, Longmont and coach Doug Johnson bucked the trend and, behind a brilliant night throwing the ball from senior quarterback Clint Sigg, seventh-seeded Longmont forced six turnovers and stunned No. 2 Fort Collins 42-35 at French Field.

The Trojans (9-3), winners of eight straight games, will await the winner of Saturday’s Broomfield-Montrose game for next week’s semifinals.

“I’ve been telling our team we would be here since Week 4,” said Johnson, who left his pants a little too close to the heater and burned a big hole in them. “Our shirt says ‘faith’ and you’ve got to have faith. And my faith dictates it and I’ve come to realize why that faith and that belief is so important.”

From the very first play of the game, Longmont set the tone with the passing game. Sigg, the Trojans’ 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal-caller, connected with Eli Sullivan for 58 yards and less than a minute into the game were inside the Fort Collins 10-yard line.

Sigg went in from six yards out to open the scoring and the track meet was on.

The Lambkins answered right back with quarterback Kyler Sigsbee. Fort Collins drove immediately down the field, going 66 yards in seven plays, with Sigsbee hitting Brandon Storebo from seven yards out.

Longmont was up 21-14 in the second quarter when the Trojans defense, which forced two first-quarter turnovers, got its biggest momentum stop of the game.

Fort Collins was on the move for a tying score with Sigsbee calling his number several times and picking up decent chunks of yardage. But prior to reaching the red zone, the Trojans defense, which bent but did not break, recorded back-to-back sacks by Logan Goodner and Avery Peterson to end the drive.

“Our defense made some timely turns and some timely interceptions,” Johnson said. “We punched the ball out a couple of times and the offense executed in the passing game. We said we’d have to and we did.”

The best throw Sigg made all night, a dart up the middle to a streaking Berger, went for 36 yards and three plays later the Trojans stretched their lead to two scores when Sigg connected with Filippo Swartz from 26 yards out.

“This game was a huge confidence builder,” said Sigg, who threw for three scores and ran for another. “I just tried to play this game like it was my last to make sure it wasn’t.”

Longmont would get turnover No. 3 just seconds into the third quarter when Ryan Rulon picked up Kielar Harpham’s fumble after a big catch and run.

The Trojans added on when McCartney Coyle scored from a yard out.

Fort Collins didn’t go away, and found a second wind cutting the lead to 35-28 on scoring runs by backup quarterback Noah Merrill and then a 30-yard jaunt by Mason Schroyer.

And with momentum clearly on their side, the Lambkins did the one thing they couldn’t do and put the ball on the turf. Schroyer’s second fumble with under six minutes to play allowed Longmont to go up two scores.

On third down, Sigg once again hooked up with Sullivan from 19 yards out to seal the deal.

“Coach came in and we were talking about running our jet-sweep play and me and Eli were talking about it, if we put you on the inside seam, can you cross his face and beat him,” said Sigg, of the gutsy call that proved to be the difference. “And he said yes. I said I believe you and coach said I believe both of you and I said okay, let’s call it. That was the highlight of my night for sure.”

Said Sullivan, who finished with seven catches for 132 yards: “We knew what we were going to get. They put 10 or 11 in the box and we knew I could burn them over the middle. We put the ball in the stud quarterback’s arms and let it fly, we knew he’d get it done.”

Fort Collins would get one last touchdown with just over 1 minute, 30 seconds to play when Sigsbee connected with Bradley Pelkey from 38 yards out. But the Lambkins, who had a season-long history of not only kicking, but recovering onside kicks, couldn’t reel one more in.

Longmont couldn’t run the clock out, but a Sullivan punt pinned Fort Collins in at its own 3-yard line with 30 seconds to play and zero timeouts.

In addition to Sullivan’s big night receiving, Berger also finished with 130 yards on just four catches.

“With our team and our coaching staff and the tight-knit group that we have, I would have put the chips on us going to state after Week 4,” said Sigg, whose team started the season 1-3.

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Longmont 42, Fort Collins 35

At French Field

Longmont (9-3) 14 14 7 7 — 42

Fort Collins (11-1) 7 7 7 14 — 35

First quarter

Longmont — Clint Sigg 6 run (Cooper Rothe kick).

Fort Collins — Brandon Storebo 4 pass from Kyler Sigsbee (Christian Caminada kick).

Longmont — Conlan Berger 29 pass from Sigg (Rothe kick).

Second quarter

Fort Collins — Sigsbee 9 run (Caminada kick).

Longmont — Ethan Gabrielle 1 run (Rothe kick).

Longmont — Filippo Swartz 26 pass from Sigg (Rothe kick).

Third quarter

Longmont — McCartney Coyle 1 run (Rothe kick).

Fort Collins — Noah Merrill 11 run (Caminada kick).

Fourth quarter

Fort Collins — Mason Schroyer 30 run (Caminada kick).

Longmont — Sullivan 19 pass from Sigg (Rothe kick).

Fort Collins — Bradley Pelkey 38 pass from Sigsbee (Caminada kick).


RUSHING — Longmont: Clint Sigg 9-39, Ethan Gabrielle 10-36, McCartney Coyle 6-24, Conlan Berger 8-15, Eli Sullivan 3-10, Logan Goodner 1-2. Fort Collins: Mason Schroyer 24-178, Kyler Sigsbee 25-119, Noah Merrill 1-11, Kielar Harpham 1-3.

PASSING — Longmont: Sigg 14-22-0-320. Fort Collins: Sigsbee 18-25-2-270.

RECEIVING — Longmont: Sullivan 7-132, Conlan Berger 4-130, Filippo Swartz 2-41, Ryan Rulon 1-17. Fort Collins: Harpham 6-85, Bradley Pelkey 2-81, Preston Kelley 5-46, Dawson Johnson 2-35, Brandon Storebo 3-23.

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