WINDSOR — Broomfield running back Dylan Torres had some gallops on Friday night that were reminiscent of the old-school NFL running backs you’d see on film on a tarnished projector screen.
Stepping out of tackles, using his hands to shed would-be tacklers — doing all the things necessary against Windsor to grind out 139 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns in a 35-6 blowout victory over the Wizards to open Class 4A Northern League play.
Truth be told, the Eagles defense was just as punishing in their effort. Trey Ortega’s opening-play interception led to an early touchdown, Ryan Capasso had back to back sacks to kill a late first-half drive, and Broomfield held Windsor to just five first downs in the second half.
“Our goal coming into the night was just not to have a mentality that was too high or too low, and our preparation throughout the week just proved itself out there on the field tonight,” Torres said after the Eagles improved to 5-1 overall while dropping Windsor to 2-4. “We want to go from good to great to elite and we are showing a lot of pride in what we are doing. It translates.”
“There’s a lot of tradition up here in Windsor and we knew also that they were a desperate team that had to get a win,” Broomfield head coach Blair Hubbard said. “We challenged our guys not to look at their record, they’ve had some close games and are a tough team and we had to come out and take care of business.”
Windsor head coach Chris Jones was not on the sidelines on Friday after he was injured in a car accident this week, and the Eagles managed to wear the Wizards out in the trenches.
Not only was Torres having a field day between the tackles, but the Eagles also received two touchdowns and an 8-yard-per-carry average from Caden Peters, those yards mostly coming in pitch plays in which Peters was found to be pretty elusive.
He made sure Ortega’s interception would count in full, running in a touchdown from two yards out just 2 minutes, 19 seconds into the game to make it 7-0. After Windsor made it 7-6 on a 25-yard quarterback keeper still in the first quarter, Broomfield turned WHS over on downs near midfield in the second quarter and made it 14-6 with one of Torres’s most brilliant runs of the season.
“I just work all the time on getting my knees up and driving them, and I’m not going down by arm tackles,” the senior said. “That was a great run but I could not have had it without the line.”
Capasso crushed Windsor quarterback Chase Lanckriet on consecutive plays with the Wizards near midfield and looking to claw their way back in it, and the Eagles took that momentum and used to for a 59-yard drive starting the third quarter that was capped by another Torres touchdown.
Defensively, Broomfield stopped Windsor three separate times on fourth down with less than four yards to go. Samuel Godwin made his presence known with several big tackles, and Brenden McKinney had a sack and a forced fumble in the fourth quarter that continued the positive vibes on the BHS side of the field.
“As the first half went along, the defense made the adjustments to slow them down and we just needed the offense to play a little bit cleaner overall,” Hubbard said. “The offensive line did a great job controlling things. All of our backs had a great game because of it.”
Broomfield hosts Mountain View (2-4, 0-1) next Friday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium.
Broomfield 35, Windsor 6
At Windsor HS
Broomfield (5-1, 1-0)77714—35Windsor (2-4, 0-1)6000—6
Broomfield — Caden Peters 2 run (Matt Eich kick). Windsor — Chase Lanckriet 25 run (kick failed).
Broomfield — Dylan Torres 19 run (Eich kick).
Broomfield — Torres 6 run (Eich kick).
Broomfield — Peters 7 run (Eich kick). Broomfield — Torres 1 run (Eich kick).
RUSHING — Broomfield: Dylan Torres 21-139, Caden Peters 10-80, Steven Croell 5-17, Matt Foster 4-20, Angelo Nieto 5-21, Collin Sheridan 1-(minus-1), Hall Edmonds 1-4, Trey Ortega 2-12, Nathan Mueller 1-(minus-2) Zach Kapushion 1-0, team 1-(minus-19).
PASSING — Broomfield: Croell 4-9-2-83, Kapushion 1-1-0-16.
RECEIVING — Broomfield: Grant Swenson 3-74, Peters 1-9, Aeden Collins 1-16.