Football: Loveland dominant in thrashing of Broomfield

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    Broomfield's Zachery Zerr tackles Zach Weinmaster during Thursday's game. Go to for more photos.

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    Broomfield's Steven Croell, right, hands the ball to Dylan Torres during Thursday's game at Loveland. Go to for more photos.

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    Broomfields Samuel Godwin runs into the open field against Loveland Thursday night. Go to for more photos.



LOVELAND — The Broomfield football team reached the Class 4A state semifinals last season with a one-point overtime victory in the quarterfinals that snapped a 15-game win streak and ended Loveland’s promising season.

Broomfield paid for it on Thursday night.

In a rematch of two top-five rivals who split a pair of games last season that were separated by a total of eight points, the No. 2-ranked Loveland Indians ruthlessly exacted their revenge on the No. 3 Broomfield Eagles with a 47-0 landslide. It was a surprise, to say the least, to countless prep football fans statewide who were expecting at least a closer game.

“They’re a good team and we’re not quite there yet,” Eagles head coach Blair Hubbard said. “We’ll get there. We’ve been in this position before and our kids have shown that they’ll improve as the season goes on. We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ll challenge the kids to come out ready to practice harder this next week.”

The first two weeks of the Eagles’ 2018 campaign have been chock-full of familiar opponents, against whom the Eagles fared very differently.

In Week 1, the Eagles won 55-14 over Legacy to claim the Mayors’ Cup in the cross-town rivalry series for the first time in six years. In Week 2 on Thursday, they were immediately knocked back on their heels by a Loveland team that returned the bulk of its 2017 roster, and was fueled by revenge and redemption.

The Indians, who scored on every drive but the final one of the first half and the final drive of the game in which they took a knee, leaned heavily on senior tailback Zach Weinmaster to carry the load. Weinmaster finished with 197 yards and four touchdowns. Whenever the Eagles began to slow him down, quarterback Riley Kinney ran effectively and even upback Riley Deschene ran for 79 yards on a pair of surprise carries.

Broomfield had just 112 yards of offense and three first downs to go with two turnovers in the first half. After the Eagles defense held the Legacy offense to just 225 yards in Week 1, the Indians had 301 total yards by halftime and initiated a running clock when the scoreboard read 40-0 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

“Loveland is a dangerous team, offensively,” Hubbard said. “On our offensive side of the ball, we had too many penalties early in the game that killed drives and against a good defense, you can’t go backwards on any plays. It was clear there was a huge motivation on their side with us kicking them out of the playoffs last year and they’ve had 10 months to prepare for this game. We played Friday night and really had one full day of practice and that played into it, playing on Thursday night and trying to switch from a spread attack to a smash-mouth running attack.

“You know, it’s a quick turnaround but we need to respond better than that. I told the guys after the game that you don’t win or lose a state championship in Week 2 and we want to make sure that we’re playing the best we can in Week 11.”

Broomfield will host Standley Lake next Friday at 7 p.m.

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Loveland 47, Broomfield 0

At Ray Patterson Field

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First quarter

Loveland — Zach Weinmaster 5 run (Cody Rakowski kick). Loveland — Weinmaster 1 run (kick missed).

Second quarter

Loveland — Riley Kinney 1 run (conversion attempt failed). Loveland — Michael Deschene 38 run (conversion attempt failed).

Third quarter

Loveland — Weinmaster 7 run (Weinmaster run). Loveland — Weinmaster 3 run (Cody Rakowski kick).

Fourth quarter

Loveland — Kaden Butler 11 pass from Zack Rakowsky (Cody Rakowsky kick).


RUSHING — Broomfield: Dylan Torres 10-33, Samuel Godwin 3-7, Steven Croell 1-5, Porter Tanous 1-2, Dax Bustamante 3-1, Angello Nieto 1-0, Caden Peters 1-(-3); Loveland: Zach Weinmaster 25-197, Riley Kinney 11-86, Michael Deschene 2-79, Cody Rakowski 4-21, Cody Donovan 1-20, Zack Rakowski 2-4, Isaiah Meyers 1-4, Michael Lewis 1-4.

PASSING — Broomfield: Steven Croell 4-13-1-86; Loveland: Riley Kinney 7-8-0-74, Zack Rakowsky 1-1-0-11.

RECEIVING — Broomfield: Mitchell Morales 4-86, Collin Sheridan 2-8; Loveland: Sean Boylan 2-37, Cody Rakowski 4-25, Jonathan Pettit 1-12, Kaden Butler 1-11.