Football: Class 4A state championship preview capsule

  • Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer

    Jaxon Pallone and the Broomfield Eagles will face Pine Creek in Saturday's Class 4A state championship game.

  • Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer

    Ryan Mazzola and the Broomfield Eagles will face Pine Creek in Saturday's Class 4A state championship game.



Class 4A state championship

(5) Broomfield vs. (3) Pine Creek

Kickoff: Saturday, 11 a.m. at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Records: Broomfield 11-2, Pine Creek 11-2

Quick hits: Broomfield advanced to the title game by knocking off defending champion Windsor 25-13 in the semifinals…It is the team’s first trip to the championship game since 2001…Broomfield has won three state football titles, the last one coming in 1984…Jalon Torres ran for 109 yards and two scores in the semifinal win…Sophomore quarterback Stephen Croell also scored a rushing touchdown, and Jaxon Pallone recorded a safety…Broomfield is averaging 32 points a game and surrendering 17.5…This is the team’s first year under coach Blair Hubbard, who took over for Gary Davies who had coached the program for 30 seasons…Hubbard won three 2A state titles as coach of Faith Christian…Pine Creek advanced to the finals by beating No. 2 Chatfield 28-14 in the semis…The defense forced two fourth-quarter turnovers to secure the win…Quarterback Brock Domann and running back David Moore III each scored two rushing touchdowns to pace the offense…Moore III, a freshman, has seven games with at least 100 yards rushing and has 1,384 on the year…Pine Creek has won 10 straight games heading into the title contest…Pine Creek won back to back state championships in 2013-14, and reached the semifinals last season…Defensively, they have posted 17 shutouts since 2011…Pine Creek is averaging 32.9 points per game and only surrendering 10.1.

Bottom line: Pine Creek is going after its third state title in four seasons, and come into the game with a ton of momentum. But Broomfield is playing like a team of destiny. Should be a great one that comes down to the fourth quarter.

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