LONGMONT – The Eagles had plenty of collective goals on the line when the Broomfield football team marched out onto Everly-Montgomery Field on Thursday night.
Facing a tough Longmont team on its turf, the No. 2-ranked Broomfield Eagles won 44-7 in what was a pivotal regular-season finale for both squads.
In terms of Broomfield’s goal sheet, the Eagles capped an unbeaten regular season, finishing with a 10-0 record. They locked up the Northern League title outright, ending 2019 with a 5-0 conference record and avoiding a potentially calamitous three-way tie with Longmont and Windsor. And finally in the victory, senior running back Caden Peters passed the 2,000-yard mark for the season, which the Eagles consider a team accomplishment.
Now that they’ve checked all those boxes, the Eagles will immediately rip up their old goal sheet and turn their attention to accomplishing a larger goal that has eluded them since 1984.
“This win and all that stuff is great but the thing we really want is a state championship,” Peters said. “We just came out and did what we always do, and that’s what we’re going to keep doing. We want to win that state championship so we need to stay humble and work hard. Hopefully we can go all the way.”
Peters entered Thursday’s game with 1,838 rushing yards. He had already scored twice by the time he crossed over the 2,000-yard mark on a 33-yard scamper midway through the second quarter. Behind Peters’ pair of first-half touchdowns and a 22-yard field goal from Matthew Eich, the Eagles (10-0, 5-0) led 17-0 at halftime.
The Longmont Trojans (6-4, 3-2) fought back on the opening drive of the second half, going 80 yards on a 12-play drive that ended in a 1-yard dive by running back Brayden Engelking. But those were all the points the Trojans would muster against an Eagles defense that is allowing an average of just 9.5 points per game.
“With all the things Longmont does offensively, they can bust a long one any time with the athletes they have,” Eagles head coach Blair Hubbard said. “Our defense has played well all season long and kept them contained for the most part. We have great senior leadership on our defense and it’s a veteran group out there that communicates well with each other on the field and doesn’t get surprised by a lot of things.”
The Eagles defense forced three turnovers on downs, three punts, and intercepted three passes from Longmont quarterback Keegan Patterson, who had thrown eight touchdown passes and just one interception in his previous five games.
The top 16 teams in the final RPI standings qualify for the postseason in each classification, adjusting for league champions that finish outside that cutoff, according to the annual Colorado High School Activities Association bulletin. Longmont entered Thursday’s game No. 15 in 4A and likely won’t be penalized too harshly for losing to Broomfield, an unbeaten opponent sitting at No. 5 in the standings, but will be on the bubble nonetheless.
The CHSAA seeding meeting for the 4A football playoff will take place Sunday and the brackets will be released early next week. The first round of the 4A postseason will begin next weekend.