Football: Braelon Tate’s 4 TDs lead Legacy past Fairview

Lightning take huge step in Class 5A playoff chase

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4) leads the charge through a banner before a game against Fairview on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4) stiff arms Fairview junior defensive back Bryce Wanjau (36) on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview freshman wide receiver Jordan Rechel (28) falls backwards to catch a pass by freshman quarterback Bekkem Kritza (8) during a game against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4) celebrates by the student section after a win over Fairview on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview freshman receiver Jordan Rechel (28) reaches past the goal line for a touchdown against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior Adam Church (51) carries an American flag out with teammates before a game giants Fairview on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    The Fairview football team looks on during The Star Spangled Banner before a game against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior Camdyn Johnson (11) looks in a 99 yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Jadon Carter (1) during a game against Fairview on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview senior receiver Ben Anderson (1) fumbles the ball during a game against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview junior Zach Lewis (15) gets a full head of stream after a long run after the catch against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4) takes the handoff from junior quarterback Jadon Carter (1) during a game against Fairview on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview senior defensive back Brody Darragh (25) intercepts a pass by Legacy junior quarterback Jadon Carter (1) on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior Camdyn Johnson (11) is greeted by the student section after a win over Fairview on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior free safety Braelon Tate (4) tackles Fairview senior receiver Ben Anderson (1) on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview freshman receiver Jordan Rechel (28) pulls down a long reception during a game against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview junior Zach Lewis (15) stiff arms Legacy senior Camdyn Johnson (11) on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview junior quarterback Jadon Carter (1) is sacked by Fairview freshman defensive end Brock Kolstad (40) on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4) drags multiple Fairview defenders on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4) finds a crease in the Fairview defense on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo.

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    Fairview senior Ben Anderson (1) and freshman Bekkem Kritza (8) lead their teammates onto the field before a game against Legacy on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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    Legacy senior running back Braelon Tate (4)drags multiple Fairview defenders on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Westminster, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Staff Photographer)

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WESTMINSTER — A historic night for Braelon Tate aided Legacy’s recent struggles against Fairview on the gridiron.

A power back inside a 5-foot-9 frame packed with speed while paired with a wiggle that would turn any flavor of Jell-O green, Tate tied the school record with four touchdowns and broke the program’s single game rushing record as Legacy trumped the Knights 38-8 Friday night at Adams 12 North Stadium.

The senior back took his first touch in each half for touchdowns of 60 and 44 yards. Then after Fairview found a glimpse of life with a score late in the third quarter, he took a third-and-12 run 68 yards for his third TD, and added his fourth a while later on a 33-yard splurge.

Tate finished with roughly 300 yards on 24 carries. And in case his night wasn’t bright enough, he added a leaping interception midway through the fourth.

“Since we don’t play Broomfield anymore, this is kind of like our rivalry. And it’s our homecoming too, so that’s just two more reasons to bring it,” Tate said. “I just wanted to show everybody what I got. And I think that’s what I did tonight.”

The win for Legacy (3-3) snapped a three-game skid to Fairview (3-3), topping the area foe for the first time since 2015.

After the previous three meetings had a combined score of at least 75 points in each, with Fairview winning by double digits in every one of them, the homecoming crowd hung on every Tate touch as well as the defensive stands led in big part by Mason Dickerson.

Further adding to the festivities, Legacy also connected on its longest play from scrimmage in school history. And seemingly for once, it wasn’t Tate behind the big-play wheel.

Set up by a punishing fourth-down tackle by Dickerson to stop the Knights inside the 1, Jadon Carter connected with Camdyn Johnson for a 99-yard-and-change touchdown to push the lead to 24-0.

It was too much for Fairview to overcome.

The Knights, who fell to Chaparral last week, lost consecutive games for the first time since 2015. The successive defeats six years ago also came to Legacy and Chaparral.

Playing without its star defensive back/wide receiver Grant Page — the Nebraska commit who was seen on the sideline with a brace on his leg, wearing a headset — the Knights defense struggled.

The offense couldn’t muster much. Dickerson, for his part, made sure of that.

The senior defensive back had a fumble recovery in the first half and an interception to begin the second. Perhaps most crucial of all, though, he hit Zach Lewis short of the goal line on fourth down midway through the third to preserve a 17-0 lead.

Fairview would finally get on the board with Jordan Rechel’s short rushing TD with 2:02 left in the third to close within 24-8.

Not nearly enough.

Cue Tate.

The night was his.

Tate set the tone from the outset, gashing through the center of the defense on the second offensive play of the game to give the Lightning a lead 25 seconds into the game.

By his seventh touch, he’d crossed the century mark for a third straight game, picking up a snap that went under his quarterback’s legs before powering to a first down on a drive that led to a late-half field goal.

He pushed the lead to three scores with another track-speed run on his first touch after the break.

The Lightning travel to Poudre next week, while Fairview is at home against Rocky Mountain.