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Broomfield running backs Nate Knowles (left) and Jalon Torres have provided a strong one-two punch for the Eagles.
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Broomfield running backs Nate Knowles (left) and Jalon Torres have provided a strong one-two punch for the Eagles.

BROOMFIELD — Things have a funny way of working out.

Just ask Nate Knowles and Jalon Torres.

Coming into the 2014 season, neither one knew exactly what their role would be for coach Gary Davies’ Broomfield football team.

Knowles didn’t even play football last season, opting to run cross country instead. Torres was just a sophomore that assumed he would be third or fourth on the depth chart, taking advantage of opportunities whenever they came his way.

“Jalon and Nate have taken the bull by the horns and done a great job for us,” said Davies, whose team is prepping for Saturday’s semifinal showdown at Everly-Montgomery Field against Longmont. “Why mess with it?”

Entering the season, Davies had slated senior Jack Sherwood for the starting role, but he suffered a broken foot in a car accident over the summer and didn’t return to the Eagles lineup until midway though the season at Gateway.

Then in the first game of the season against cross-town rival Legacy, Broomfield lost another speedy offensive weapon in Jordan Xiong.

Injuries happen and neither Torres nor Knowles would ever dream of those to happen, but the “whole next man up” theory has been bought into.

“Honestly, I didn’t really think about that,” Torres said. “I just looked at it as an upcoming opportunity. I figured that if I worked my butt off, then maybe I could work my way up there.”

The good thing for the Eagles is that they do what they do and they are good at it.

“A lot of people think we are pretty predictable,” Davies said. “That’s okay, it’s what we do and we are just going to do it.”

If communication is the key to success, then Knowles and Torres have opened the door to big things. The rotating system has worked out well, mainly because the duo are in constant communication on the sideline, pointing out defensive tendencies.

“We always encourage each other and when one of us goes in first we let the other one know what the defense is doing and how they are running things,” Torres said. “I look up to him, obviously being a senior, I look up to him very much.”

Said Knowles: “It’s a lot of strategy or watch out for this linebacker, he goes kind of high and stuff like that. We really try to help each other out.”

The balanced numbers the Eagles have produced this year are staggering. Knowles has carried the ball 147 times for 934 yards, and Torres has toted it 136 times for 803 yards. Add to that Logan McCormick’s 134 carries for 925 yards and its becomes a three-headed monster.

McCormick’s status is up in the air this week after suffering a sprained ankle in the third quarter against Montrose in the quarterfinals, but the constant for the Eagles offensively is up front with Cooper Gardner, Blake Whitsell, Ty Leonard, Nick Degenhart and Trent Johnson doing their thing.

“They are doing the job,” Davies said. “But we kind of changed what we do a little bit and added a fullback into the mix this year and the kids have embraced that and those guys are doing an awesome job too.”

Noah Dohm and Angelo Alvarado had been sharing duties at the fullback position, but due to nagging injuries they were limited to the defensive side of the ball. Last week, sophomore Garrett Betty stepped in a played well.

“It’s not just one or two people, it’s the whole group,” Davies said. “Those guys don’t get the ball very often, and every once in a while we throw it to them, but they have done a really nice job for us.”

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