Football: Defense rules the day for Broomfield over Loveland

  • Eliott Foust / Sterling Journal-Advocate

    Broomfield's Kevin Burkel, left, and Mason Keeler celebrate Burkel's sack during the third quarter at Patterson Stadium in Loveland Friday night.

  • Eliott Foust / Sterling Journal-Advocate

    Broomfield's Jaxon Pallone celebrates after blocking a punt against Loveland High School at Patterson Stadium Friday night.



LOVELAND — Jaxon Pallone’s jersey told you everything you needed to know about Friday night’s top-10 clash between Broomfield and Loveland at Ray Patterson Stadium.

It was grungy, stained and the senior nose tackle even had some blood in his mouth to further emphasize the point.

The Eagles knew where they were getting in Loveland — a run-happy team that wins a majority of their games in the trenches.

Not on this night.

Broomfield scored a huge 14-0 shutout of the previously unbeaten No. 3 Indians and in doing so improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Longs Peak League.

“It was the exact same offense we saw last week (against Monarch) and the scout team had a hell of a week again and they gave us the best look we could possibly ask for,” said Pallone, whose team should move up from their No. 6 ranking in the latest Class 4A poll.

Broomfield scored on its opening drive of the game, a nine play 72 yard drive culminating in a one-yard dive across the goal line by quarterback Steven Croell.

It would be all the Eagles defense would need.

Broomfield’s defense, under the direction of assistant coach Robert O’Brien, was able to put the clamps on Loveland running back Noah Pangrac.

He came into the game with over 1,000 yard rushing in the Indians first five games and was limited to just 65 on the night after being knocked out of the game with an injury in the third quarter.

“The timing and the preparation was pretty much the same and you had to change a few things with their motion,” Eagles coach Blair Hubbard said. “We were able to step right in, the kids knew what we wanted to do and they executed on defense all night long.”

Pallone wasn’t just a force on defense, but was impressive on the offensive side with his line mates helping pave the way for Jalon Torres to rush for 132 yards.

Pallone also blocked a punt in the third quarter that set Broomfield up at the Loveland 34-yard line. They failed to score, but that one play summed up the night for Eagles.

“My dad and I were talking about that last night and he told me that I hadn’t tried for it yet this year,” Pallone said. “Coach had already talked to me about it and I decided I was just going to do it. I was going to pin my ears back and I just went.”

The Eagles offense never seemed to click on Friday night, but when it needed a time consuming drive late, it got one. A seven minute drive that started with 1:40 to play in the third quarter lasted 15 plays and just 57 yards and saw Croell again find the end zone from one-yard out.

‘We’ve got to clean up our penalties on offense; and the two drives we didn’t have any penalties on offense, we scored on,” said Hubbard, whose team will host Greeley West (4-2 after a 27-17 win over Grand Junction) next Friday night. “We just got to make sure we clean that stuff up.

“There is a lot of confidence, but we talk to the kids while we are watching film on Saturday about being humble and being hungry.”

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At Ray Patterson Stadium

Broomfield (5-1, 2-0)



Loveland (5-1, 1-1)



First quarter

Broomfield — Steven Croell 1 run (Luke Coffman kick).

Fourth quarter

Broomfield — Croell 1 run (Coffman kick).


RUSHING — Broomfield: Jalon Torres 32-132, Tanner Garner 8-40, Tyler Lefkowicz 5-21, Steven Croell 6-(minus-4).Loveland: Noah Pangrac 16-65, Zach Weinmaster 7-16, Kaden Morin 4-19, Riley Kenney 3-(minus-3).

PASSING — Broomfield: Croell 4-9-1-36. Loveland: Kinney 3-10-1-25, Weinmaster 0-4-1-0.

RECEIVING — Broomfield: Ryan Mazzola 3-24, Lefkowicz 1-12.Loveland: Trey Cardenas 1-11, Morin 1-7, Ryan Campos 1-7.

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