BROOMFIELD – The intensity was high for the 4A quarterfinal playoff game, and a rematch with a team that ended their 2018 season only increased the feeling for the Broomfield Eagles.
Then they fumbled away their first offensive snap near midfield.
“That was a lot of nerves. We had people going the wrong way, we had a ball go off a knee,” Broomfield head coach Blair Hubbard said. “I think the kids were really hyped and we told them to calm down and play their game.”
The No. 2 Eagles did just that by scoring on their next drive, built a 20-0 lead and cruised to a 27-3 win over the Chatfield Chargers on Saturday. Broomfield (12-0) takes on No. 6 Dakota Ridge in the Class 4A semifinals next Saturday in a battle of Eagles.
Dakota Ridge will face a team with a dominant run game and a stingy defense. The Eagles rushed for 319 yards and held the Chargers (9-3) to just 36 yards on the ground. Chatfield quarterback Ethan Delfino passed for 162 yards but was picked off three times, one of which came on the first play after the Chargers recovered an onside kick to start the second half.
While the defense kept the Chargers out of the end zone, the Eagles’ running game ate clock and scored touchdowns. Caden Peters ran for 192 yards on 21 carries and a pair of 3-yard TD runs, quarterback Zach Kapushion scored on a keeper and Trey Ortega ran 11 yards for the other score.
Other than a blocked extra point and the early fumble Broomfield did little wrong.
“We put our heart and soul into this game,” Peters said. “All we wanted to do is have our revenge tour. It feels good but now we’ve got Dakota Ridge next week.”
Kapushion’s touchdown run from the 2 was the only points of the first quarter, but Ortega and Peters added their scores in the second. Peters’ touchdown came with 27 seconds left in the half and the Chargers were able to get down the field for a 45-yard field goal as time expired.
Chatfield tried to build on that after recovering the onside kick to start the third but Aedan Collins picked off Delfino on a long pass. The Eagles then went 77 yards on 16 plays capped by Peters’ second touchdown and used more than seven minutes of clock, putting the game out of reach.
Now it’s on to the state semifinals.
“It’s awesome but we’re not done yet,” Kapushion said.