BROOMFIELD — You should be pleasantly surprised Holy Family Tigers.
Sure every team enters the season optimistic about what the future holds, but there was certainly a lot of questions surrounding the Tigers entering the 2018 season.
It was only one game, but it was a biggie against the defending Class 4A champion Pueblo South Colts, who dropped down to 3A this season and started the year No. 4 in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll.
The Tigers scored on their first offensive play of the game, took advantage of some costly Colts turnovers en route to a 19-7 Week 1 victory at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.
“I would say I expected to be 1-0,” Holy Family coach Mike D. Gabriel said. “I told the kids my expectations where to be 1-0, we practiced that way. We didn’t play that cleanly, but it’s the first week and I’m happy with it.”
Holy Family (1-0) will travel to Glenwood Springs in Week 2.
If ever there was a way to start the season, the Tigers got it on both their first defensive stand of the year followed by their first offensive play. After holding the Colts, who lost a ton to graduation — notably 10 starters on offense — to three plays on their first possession, Holy Family’s first play after a short punt was even bigger.
Junior quarterback Calahan Carter, who saw time behind center each of the last two seasons for various stretches, hooked up with Ben Nappe for a 32-yard score to put the Tigers up 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.
The Colts would tie it early in the second quarter on Connor Huth’s 26 yard run, but it would be the last time the Colts offense would find paydirt.
“It was a good night,” Gabriel said. “I’m really proud of them.”
It was a defense that was flying to the ball and produced four big turnovers, including two Kyle Helbig interceptions. Maybe the biggest turnover of the game came late in the first half, when Pueblo South quarterback Logan Petit appeared to be going in for the score, but as he extended for the goalline, lost control of the ball and it was scooped up by Tigers senior Will Anderson at the 1-yard line.
Holy Family would take the lead for good in the second quarter, when Carter hit a double-covered Devin Doroff in the corner of the end zone from 14-yard out.
“I just went up with two hands, it was a jump ball, and pulled it down,” said Doroff, who finished with seven catches for 96 yards.
Helbig, who drew double and sometimes triple team from the Colts, finished with seven catches for 57 yards including the final score of the game in the third quarter. It was a 4-yard pass from Carter, who went 25-for-38, for 299 yards and three scores.
“People don’t know what we can do yet,” Doroff said. “This is just Game 1, just wait til we get to Game 10 down the road.”
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Holy Family 19, Pueblo South 7
At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium
Pueblo South (0-1)0700—7Holy Family (1-0)7660—19
Holyl Family — Ben Nappe 32 pass from Calahan Carter (Liam Gray kick).
Pueblo South — Connor Huth 26 run (Hunter Holmstead kick). Holy Family — Devin Doroff 14 pass from Carter (kick blocked).
Holy Family — Kyle Helbig 4 pass from Carter (run failed).
RUSHING — Pueblo South: Connor Huth 22-73, Logan Petit 6-1; Holy Family: Trevin Johnson 9-66, Hayden Strange 11-32, Calahan Carter 9-(minus-34).
PASSING — Pueblo South: Petit 25-44-2-257; Holy Family: Carter 25-38-0-299, Braeden Peters 1-1-0-9.
RECEIVING — Pueblo South: Cedric Tillman 10-119, Jackson Dickerson 8-127, Hunter Fair 3-23, Huth 3-12, Quinton Sanders 1-26; Holy Family: Devin Doroff 7-96, Kyle Helbig 7-57, Ben Nappe 5-62, Johnson 3-43, Josh Baker 2-25, Peters 1-36, Strange 1-5.