BROOMFIELD – After beginning the season ranked sixth in the Class 4A Media Poll, things haven’t gone according to plan for the Broomfield football team.

The Eagles took out some of that frustration Friday night.

A winless September is firmly in the rearview mirror after the Eagles blasted visiting Gateway 58-14 at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, a needed sigh of relief after a difficult start to the season.

“Tonight was a perfect way to get past that,” said junior running back Jalon Torres, who rushed for 278 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries. “To put up almost 60 points against a team like this, this is just going to give us momentum as the season goes on.”

While the opening four-game stretch put Broomfield (1-4) in a challenging spot, the Eagles believe there is still time to resurrect things.

“Our goals are still intact,” Broomfield coach Gary Davies said. “We never said we wanted to be undefeated. We wanted to win the league and go to the playoffs. But with four losses, I think we have to win the league. Because if we don’t, we have a fifth loss and I’m not sure a five-loss team makes it.”

The Eagles begin Northern League play next week at Skyline, but not before a dominant performance against the 5A Olympians (2-3). Broomfield erupted to a 30-point first quarter, buoyed by three touchdown runs by Torres, another by Tyler Lefkowicz and a sack for a safety by Angelo Alvarado.

When Torres ran for a 44-yard score on the final play of the quarter, the rout was officially on.

“It wasn’t just during the first quarter, it was during the full games,” Torres said. “We all had a blast and played our hearts out, and it just led to a win like this.”

The passing game got into the act late in the first half when quarterback Jack Burgesser connected with a Nate Lehnerz on a 35-yard TD. The Eagles took a 44-14 lead into the break and instituted a running clock in the third quarter. That had to be satisfying, considering the same thing happened to Broomfield two weeks prior against Longmont.

“We’ve been real close offensively,” Davies said. “We’d been moving the ball, but we seem to have a knack of killing ourselves on drives and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Tanner Garner also ran for a touchdown and made an interception for Broomfield, which also got a pick from Garrett Betty.

The only downer for Broomfield was a potentially serious injury to center Killian Taylor, who Davies said was hit with “a high/low” while blocking for an extra point. Davis departed almost immediately for the hospital.

The Eagles will be getting some depth back next week, but the loss of Taylor would be a significant blow.

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Broomfield 58, Gateway 14

At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium

Gateway (2-3)

6
8
0
0

14

Broomfield (1-4)

30
14
14
0

58

First quarter

Broomfield – Jalon Torres 35 run (Bryan Tanigawa kick); Broomfield – Torres 2 run (Tanigawa kick); Broomfield – Safety. Angelo Alvarado sacked Xavier Delk in end zone; Broomfield – Tyler Lefkowicz 29 run (Tanigawa kick).; Gateway – Anthony Byndum 4 pass from C.J. Sanders (kick blocked); Broomfield – Torres 44 run (Tanigawa kick).

Second quarter

Broomfield – Torres 21 run (Tanigawa kick); Gateway – Sanders 21 run (Sanders run); Broomfield – Nate Lehnerz 35 pass from Jack Burgesser (Tanigawa kick)

Third quarter

Broomfield – Tanner Garner 35 run (Tanigawa kick); Broomfield – Jalon Torres 5 run (Tanigawa kick).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Gateway: C.J. Sanders 10-94, Kevin Traylor 14-44, Patrick Huling 3-15, Xavier Delk 3-3; Broomfield: Jalon Torres 26-278, Tyler Lefkowicz 8-66, Tanner Garner 3-51, Brock Abeyta 6-20, William Gorman 2-0, Michael Jorstad 2-0.

PASSING — Gateway: Sanders 8-21-2-94, Broomfield: Delk 2-3-0-13;

RECEIVING — Gateway: Dylan Paulsen 3-57, Huling 2-25, Sanders 2-13, Anthony Byndam 2-9, Dequari Galloway 1-3; Broomfield: Tanner Garner 2-29, Nate Lehnerz 1-35.