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WESTMINSTER — The Legacy football team had already started 2-0 for the first time in a decade but the Lightning wasn’t settling for that in Week 3.
At North Stadium on Thursday night, the Lightning (3-0) won 47-6 over Prairie View (0-3) to remain unbeaten in 5A North League action. After winning their first two games by a combined four points, the Lightning players were glad to win their third in a less stressful manner, especially after struggling through a rough 0-6 start to the 2019 campaign a year ago.
“It was pretty fun tonight just to watch all my teammates do really well and to also get to see the twos play,” Legacy junior Braelon Tate said. “We feel really good about the season. We’ve got a great team this year and a lot of young guys from last year are juniors now. We’ve been playing together for a while now and it’s just fun to get a few wins in a row.”
The Legacy defense entered Thursday’s game averaging 15 points against and held a Thunderhawks offense that scored just six combined points in its first two games to 102 yards and one first down in the first half on the way to a 34-0 halftime lead. The Lightning defense recovered three first-half fumbles and Camdyn Johnson returned one for a score in the second quarter. On special teams, Mason Dickerson returned a punt 41 yards for a second-quarter touchdown of his own.
Just short of posting his third straight 100-yard rushing game in 2020, Tate finished with 131 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns. Senior quarterback Jaiden Peterson finished with 90 passing yards and 103 rushing yards. Legacy running back Brandon Sanchez scored his first of two touchdowns in the game on a 2-yard run with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left in the third quarter to start the running clock mercy rule.
“It was a great team win,” Tate said. “I think we all played well. I’m happy everybody got to touch the ball and I’m happy to see my teammates score.”
Prairie View’s sole touchdown of the game came against the Legacy second string with 28 seconds left.
Legacy will have its first away game of the season when the Lightning travels to face No. 9 Fairview at Recht Field in Boulder next Friday. Legacy has lost seven of the last nine times it has played Fairview and has not beaten the Knights since 2015.