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    Erie's Trevor David falls on a bobbled snap in the first quarter against Holy Family Friday night at Erie High School.

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    Holy Family's Travis Montoya returns his Erie interception for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday night at Erie High School. More photos: BoCoPreps.com.

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    Holy Family's Kyle Helbig can't stay in bounds on a two point attempt against Erie Friday night at Erie High School.



ERIE — As quickly as the Holy Family football team can rack up points, Travis Montoya couldn’t say he’s scored two touchdowns in 40 seconds before.

But he took that off his “to-do list” on Friday night in the Tigers’ 52-7 victory at Erie. And adding to the oddity, one TD was on defense and the other on offense.

With Holy Family leading 12-0 early in the second quarter, Montoya picked off a pass by Erie’s Ruben Portillo and ran it up the sideline 48 yards for a pick-6. Then after another EHS turnover, Montoya struck pay-dirt again 40 seconds after his first score, hooking up with HF quarterback Chris Helbig for a 24-yard TD pass reception.

Just like that, the 3A sixth-ranked Tigers had doubled their lead en route to the blowout road victory.

“That was just really, really exciting,” Montoya said of bang-bang scores, his first touchdowns of the season. “My heart was pounding, my adrenaline was flowing. It was really a great feeling.”

The junior finished the night with seven catches for 89 yards, plus the interception and a fumble recovery.

Helbig, coming off two consecutive 500-yard-plus passing games, had a modest night by his standards, but still went 24 of 39 for 295 yards, four TD passes and one interception. Unofficially, he now ranks seventh on the state’s all-time single-season passing yardage list with 3,419. Justin Holland of Bear Creek holds the record of 4,181 yards, set in 1998.

But this night, other Holy Family players stepped up in a big way. Besides Montoya’s performance, fellow junior Andrew Gallaway rushed for 112 yards and recovered a fumble, while senior Will Domier added 94 yards on the ground with two TDs on just two carries.

And on defense, a week after losing 64-63 to Roosevelt, Holy Family allowed just seven points. AJ Giron joined Montoya in intercepting a pass.

“It was a good week for us,” coach Mike Gabriel said. “It was a tough loss for our kids last week and it took them the first half to get into the flow of the game and start playing the second half.

“I thought (the defense) played really well. The kids made the adjustments and they did really well in the second half for sure. This is the step in the right direction.”

Added Montoya: “Last week we felt really let down, especially on defense because normally when your offense scores 63 points you win. Our defense felt embarrassed in a way. We came into this game a lot more prepared.”

The victory left Holy Family, which entered the week No. 12 in 3A wild-card points, 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the 3A Northern League.

Erie’s hopes of making the 16-team 3A playoffs took a big hit as the Tigers had come into the week No. 22 in wild-card points. They dropped to 4-4 and 2-3.

Next up, Holy Family will host Mead next Friday, while Erie will be at Roosevelt that same night.

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Holy Family 52, Erie 7

At Erie

Holyl Family (6-2, 4-1)



Erie (4-4, 2-3)



First quarter

Holy Family — Kyle Helbig 1 pass from Chris Helbig (pass fail). Holy Family — Bryce Buderus 2 pass from C. Helbig (pass fail).

Second quarter

Holy Family — Travis Montoya 48 interception return (pass fail). Holy Family — Montoya 24 pass from C. Helbig (pass fail). Erie — Josh Cobb 7 run (Harrison Wagnaar kick).

Third quarter

Holy Family — K. Helbig 9 pass from C. Helbig (Phillip Elliott kick). Holy Family — Andrew Callaway 20 run (Elliott kick).

Fourth quarter

Holy Family — Will Domier 1 run (Elliott kick). Holy Family — Domier 93 run (Elliott kick).


RUSHING — Holy Familly: Callaway 15-112, Domier 2-94, C. Helbig 10-14. Erie: Brow 16-74, Currell 2-22, Unruh 6-20, Mansdorfer 2-15, Cobb 2-13, David 3-2, Deckert 1-2, Roper 2-(-2), Kan 1-(-2), Bartholomew 1-(-6), Portillo 5-(-7).

PASSING — Holy Family: C. Helbig 24-39-1, 295 yards; Geist 0-1-0. Erie: Portillo 6-11-2, 85 yards; Kan 0-1-0; Mansdorfer 0-1-0.

RECEIVING — Holy Family: Buderus 7-122, Montoya 7-89, Callaway 4-24, Golter 3-45, K. Helbig 2-10, Giron 1-5. Erie: Schenbeck 1-33, Conilogue 1-20, Roper 1-18, Unruh 1-6, Mathis 1-5, Fresquez 1-3.