Football: Frederick edges Holy Family in Tri-Valley opener

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    Frederick High School quarterback Kyle Polansky passes the ball during a game against Holy Family on Friday in Broomfield. Go to for more photos.

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    Holy Family High School's Davis Martinek runs after making a catch during a game against Frederick on Friday in Broomfield. Go to for more photos.

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    Frederick High School's Matt Olsen rushes the ball during a game against Holy Family on Friday in Broomfield. Go to for more photos.

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    Holy Family High School quarterback Kyle Helbig runs the ball during a game against Frederick on Friday in Broomfield. Go to for more photos.



BROOMFIELD — Up until the moment the Frederick Warriors took the field for pregame warmups at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium on the campus of Holy Family High School, preparing for what could be the team’s biggest game in the past four years, Garrett Robinson and his defensive teammates had no idea that Kyle Helbig was going to be the Tigers player taking snaps at quarterback on Friday night.

The Warriors only knew that Stone Samaras was not going to be, and that was knowledge enough to boost their mentality coming into the Tri-Valley League opener.

Dangerous as Helbig was — mostly with his legs and vision — the Warriors were able to key on him and force the Tigers into a corner, and collectively the defense came up big when they needed to in a 7-6 tussle that puts FHS at 5-1 for the season.

Frederick shut Holy Family out in the second half after allowing just two field goals in the first two stanzas, and Kyle Pita’s 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter stood as the winning score for the Warriors.

It wasn’t pretty, but when you’ve been outscored by another foe 203-43 over the past four meetings, Robinson gladly took it.

“It felt good to go toe-to-toe with them every single play,” Robinson, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior linebacker said. “We went as hard as we could, and it’s something to be proud of.

“A win like this will definitely make a difference as the season goes forward.”

Holy Family lost Samaras for an undetermined amount of time in last week’s loss to Longmont. The junior was at the game in jeans, but Holy Family definitely missed his presence between the hash marks.

Helbig turned from a downfield threat into a powerful back, but his 219 total yards of offense (118 passing, 101 rushing) were good in getting Holy Family (4-2, 0-1) knocking on the door but not often into the red zone.

Two Matteo Lonardo field goals had Holy Family up just 6-0 at the half. The Tigers missed an opportunity to score an early touchdown when a pass completion to Davis Martinek resulted in a fumble out of the back of the end zone for a Frederick touchback, and that sparked a sequence of tough results once the Tigers were close to scoring points.

Lonardo had two interceptions, a tremendous kickoff return to open the third quarter that put HFHS at the Frederick 36 — the Tigers would come up empty — and all around was Holy Family’s best weapon. But with another possible touchdown opportunity snuffed out by a holding call at the 10-yard line in the fourth quarter, Lonardo was wide right on a 34-yard field goal attempt that could have given the Tigers the lead.

“We’re really young at (quarterback) behind Stone, and I didn’t want to put a young kid in a bad situation,” Holy Family head coach Mike D. Gabriel said after the game. “We worked hard this week, and I guess I am just more disappointed than I am frustrated.”

Frederick, which garnered nearly 500 rushing yards in last week’s win over Centaurus, didn’t move the ball well for most of the game and really just had the one opportunity to score points. But Pita made good on a bounce outside to find the pylon, cashing in for six when Holy Family had to settle for kicks.

“I think it was more confidence as the game went on, and we just played relaxed,” Robinson said. “The mental toughness of this team has just gone way up, far beyond what it has been in years past.”

Jacob Cole led Frederick with 61 rushing yards while Matt Olson pitched in 56 on a team-most 16 carries. Pita finished with 38 yards on the ground, and Jacob Green threw for 41 yards including a huge first down pass to Riley Buffington to help Frederick burn out the clock.

The Warriors will play Mead next week, while Holy Family is at Erie.

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Frederick 7, Holy Family 6

At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium

Frederick (5-1, 1-0)0070—7

Holy Family (4-2, 0-1)3300—6

First quarter

Holy Family — Matteo Lonardo 22 field goal.

Second quarter

Holy Family — Lonardo 32 field goal.

Third quarter

Frederick — Kyle Pita 25 run (Luke Dunker kick).


RUSHING — Frederick: Matt Olson 16-56, Jacob Cole 13-61, Kyle Pita 7-38, Trey O’Dell 3-21, Brandon Hornby 1-4, Jacob Green 2-(minus-16), Kyle Polansky 2-(minus-11). Holy Family: Kyle Helbig 16-101, Hayden Strange 6-26, Mitchell Guyot 3-6, Braedon Peters 6-17.

PASSING — Frederick: Polansky 0-3-2-0, Green 3-6-0-41. Holy Family: Helbig 9-25-2-118, Joshua Baker 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING — Frederick: Olson 1-12, Cole 1-14, Riley Buffington 1-15. Holy Family: Ben Nappe 4-61, Davis Martinek 3-37, Baker 1-10, Peters 1-10.