Football: Broomfield buckles down defensively to beat Mtn. View

BROOMFIELD — It was the kind of defensive effort that had longtime Broomfield coach Gary Davies reflecting on days gone by.

“Unbelievable, just great stuff by the defense,” said Davies, whose team beat Mountain View 21-17 on Friday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium to get back to .500 at 4-4 and a perfect 3-0 in the Northern League.

“That is as good as we’ve played defensively in a couple of years and I told coach (Tom) Burgesser, that reminded me some of the old days.”

Broomfield intercepted Mountain Lions quarterback Dennis Landry three times, including twice by junior defensive back Mason Keeler, came up with a huge goal line stand and got huge contributions from guys like Angelo Alvarado and Noah Dohm that put the clamps on what was a potent Mountain View attack.

“It’s a unit that did it. Skill wise, Mountain View is very, very tough and they have a lot of speed. Their quarterback is the real deal,” Davies continued, “But I was very impressed with our defense.”

It took a little time for the Broomfield offense to start clicking, but when they did it came on the heels of one of the biggest defensive plays of the game.

Mountain View (3-5, 1-2) was threatening to extend their 3-0 lead in the second quarter and had a first-and-goal on the Broomfield 10-yard line. Landry’s pass was intercepted by Ryan Mazzola at the goal line and he took it back to the 5-yard line.

What followed was six minute, 16 play drive that featured a big third down pick-up as well as a fourth down pass from Jack Burgesser to Nate Lehnerz to get the Eagles into the red-zone. Jalon Torres would put his team ahead for good with a 1-yard touchdown run.

“It was all on the defense though, basically holding them to three points until the very end,” said Lehnerz, who finished with five timely catches for 55 yards. “They gave us the opportunities to score with the great field position they gave us, we didn’t capitalize on some, but we got it done in the end.”

Any thoughts of a Mountain View rally in the third quarter were dashed by a confident Eagles defense that was swarming. The Mountain Lions went turnover on downs-interception-interception-punt on their four possession.

The first interception lead to a Burgesser to Lehnerz 20-yard touchdown.

The duo would connect one more time early in the fourth to make it a 21-3 game.

“It was basically the same play,” said Lehnerz, who denied it, but might have gotten way with a little shove on the second touchdown.

Mountain View made thing interesting in the final two minutes. Landry connected with Reid Nichols for a 34-yard touchdown with 1:53 to play to make it a 21-9 game. After Logan Stewart came down with the onside kick attempt, the Mountain Lions drove down and on fourth down with 11 seconds to go got a 2-yard touchdown reception from Tommy Hochheimer.

One more onside attempt was gobbled up by the sure-handed Garrett Betty to end the game.

The wins sets up a huge showdown in Fort Collins next Friday night against the Lambkins. Fort Collins is also 3-0 in the Northern after beating Silver Creek on Thursday night.

“Everyone of the games we have played since starting 0-4 is a playoff game and they have done a good job of taking each one as they come,” Davies said. “We know that we have no room for error now.

“I think we’d both like to be 8-0 going into the game, but I’m not sure two teams will go from this league — I would highly doubt it — so not only is it playing for the league championship, it’s that spot. We are glad we have this opportunity.”

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt

Broomfield 21, Mountain View 17

At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium

Mountain View (3-5, 1-2)

3
0
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14

17

Broomfield (4-4, 3-0)

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7
7
7

21

First quarter

Mountain View — FG Ivan Thomas 27.

Second quarter

Broomfield — Jalon Torres 1 run (Bryan Tanigawa kick).

Third quarter

Broomfield — Nate Lehnerz 20 pass from Jack Burgesser (Tanigawa kick).

Fourth quarter

Broomfield — Lehnerz 21 pass from Burgesser (Tanigawa kick).

Mountain View — Reid Nichols 34 pass from Dennis Landry (pass failed).

Mountain View — Tommy Hochheimer 2 pass from Landry (Jordan Kress pass from Landry).

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Mountain View: Tommy Hochheimer 22-59, Jason Rios 8-43, Jordan Kress 2-8, Jeremiah Greylock 1-0, Dennis Landry 9-(minus-13). Broomfield: Jalon Torres 35-112, Tanner Garner 4-16.

PASSING — Mountain View: Landry 16-31-3-171. Broomfield: Burgesser 9-16-1-92.

RECEIVING — Mountain View: Reid Nichols 6-80, Kress 5-58, Dakota Sedillo 2-15, Rios 1-11, Greylock 1-5, Hochheimer 1-2. Broomfield: Nate Lehnerz 5-55, Garrett Betty 3-44, Garner 1-(minus-7).