DENVER — Unable to solve a swarming Pine Creek defense, the Longmont Trojans could never get on track while suffering a 45-20 loss in the Class 4A state championship game Saturday at Sports Authority Field.
Longmont failed to convert several makeable third-down opportunities, including an errant snap that thwarted the Trojans’ opening drive that was reminiscent of the Denver Broncos’ early foibles in last season’s Super Bowl.
Pine Creek’s vaunted rushing attack broke loose early and never looked back, taking a 10-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter before erupting for 21 unanswered points in the second to take a 31-0 lead into the break.
Longmont (10-4) received a glimmer of hope when linebacker Logan Goodner recovered a Pine Creek fumble on the opening drive of the second half, and the Trojans moved into scoring territory as quarterback Clint Sigg found Trevor Cook for a 33-yard gain. Conlan Berger, returning to action after missing last week’s game due to a fractured wrist, added an 18-yard reception moments later.
But the Trojans’ were denied on downs, and Pine Creek answered with another score to extend the lead to 38-0. The Eagles scored again on an interception return just six seconds later to shut the door on Longmont. The Trojans committed four turnovers in the decisive second and third quarters.
Longmont was playing in its first title game since 2009 and was competing for their first title since 1991. Longmont now has an all-time mark of 5-7-1 in state championship games.
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