BROOMFIELD — Loveland’s unexpected passing game not only surprised Broomfield on Friday, but it worked to perfection in extending an undefeated season with a 28-21 road win.
“Our guys were ready to play tonight, from the kickoff. Our run game wasn’t going like we wanted it too, but that left open the passing game, which I don’t think they were expecting,” said LHS coach Wayne McGinn, his team now 6-0. “Then in the second half, I didn’t think they expected the run. So, they fed off each other tonight,”
The first half was quieter than people are used too in Loveland. The past three games have produced a combined 143 points, with a lot of it coming in the first half and by the ground.
The 14 points came from the air, which Loveland isn’t used to, and neither was Broomfield as the Eagles were fooled on both plays. Isaiah Meyers and Caleb Smith didn’t have defensive back around when they caught their touchdowns, both coming off play action by Riley Kinney.
The second half was dominated by Zach Weinmaster and Kinney, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the great play from the Loveland offensive line. A Weinmaster game is consisted upon pounding the ball, but he didn’t have to lower his shoulder nearly as much. The holes were open throughout the second half and Weinmaster could have picked his hole on the 24-yard touchdown up the middle going almost untouched.
“We knew coach was going to lean on us in the second half, so we had to be ready for a heavy number of runs,” LHS right guard Scott Teesdale said. “We knew the game was going to go our way when we scored the touchdown on the 95-yard drive.”
The game wasn’t exactly business as usual for the Indians defense, surrendering 21 points, the most the unit has given up this year. Broomfield wanted to get to the edges with their running backs, setting up open-field, one-on-one battles with the Loveland corners. Cody Rakowsky and Meyers were both up to the task, making every open field tackle that came their way.
“We haven’t been tested that much this year, so we knew they were going to come out and see what we could do, but we knew if we trusted ourselves and our teammates, we would be able to make those plays, which we did all night,” said Rakowsky.
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Indians 28, Eagles 21
LHS — Isaiah Meyers 17 pass from Riley Kinney (Cody Rakowsky kick), 5:26
BHS — Tanner Garner 8 run (Matthew Eich kick), 6:05.
LHS — Tyler Wolfe 35 pass from Kinney (Rakowsky kick), 11:53.
LHS — Caleb Smith 18 pass from Kinney (Rakowsky kick), :18.
LHS — Zach Weinmaster 24 run (Rakowsky kick), 2:17.
BHS — Dylan Torres 4 run (Eich kick), 8:07.
BHS — Hunter Nassar 9 pass from Steven Croell (Eich kick), :59.