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Touted quarterback Cole LaCrue leads the Broomfield Eagles into the 2022 fall football season.

This summer, will take an early look at each area football team ahead of the fall season and in this installment, we look at Broomfield.

Broomfield quarterback Cole LaCrue is ahead of schedule these days, racking up ‘W’s’ like a URL.

The aftermath has been a social media presence that looks more like a trophy case.

Since leading the Eagles to another state postseason appearance — the program’s sixth straight in his second year under center — his momentum continued in the months following, helping Broomfield to a baseball title in the spring all while conjuring due attention from his next possible football home.

And it was more of the same at Broomfield’s youth camp this past week, where LaCrue won a lunch wager opposite his coach, Blair Hubbard. The bet was, with two chances, if he could he hit the crossbar from midfield, and he did.

LaCrue posted video proof of his win on Twitter, showing his deep ball bonk from 60 yards out. His coach later quoted it, “This one cost me lunch!!!” with a laughing emoji.

“I actually had my back turned when he hit it on the second try but one of the parents was there and saw him hit it,” Hubbard cracked. “So, yeah, I have to pay my debts.”

Throws like it are sure to pay dividends for the Eagles next month as the fall season begins.

Last year, they lost their first three games and started 1-4 before rallying to win four of their final five to clinch a postseason berth. There, they lost to Longmont, the team they’ll host in their season opener Aug. 26.

The Stalwart

LaCrue. The 6-foot-2 quarterback has offers from Division-I Central Michigan and D-I Football Conference Subdivision Northern Colorado and South Dakota.

More could be on the horizon.

In 17 career high school games at QB for the Eagles, LaCrue has thrown for 3,382 yards with 31 TDs to just seven interceptions.

He’s looking for his first postseason win at QB this fall.

“Three years into the program, into the system, he really knows what to look for and is comfortable with things,” Hubbard said. “With Josh (Dunn) and Tristan (Caudill) graduating he’s gotten a lot more comfortable with some of the other targets, so it’s been a good summer.”

Star in the making

Senior defensive end/outside linebacker Garrett Keeler. Keeler broke out as a junior in 2021, racking up 54 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was named first team all-conference.

For 2022, Hubbard said he can be a guy used across the line. Utilizing his athleticism and quickness, he’s sure to wreak havoc on opposing backfields.

At 6-3, 220 pounds, he has wowed at national showcases over the past few months and is receiving Division-I interest.

Solidifying a presence

The level of consistency for the football program at Broomfield can be seen even in the summer months, whether it’s OTA’s or at its annual youth camp where the Slip ‘N Slide fumble drill reigns king.

Hubbard led the camp for nearly 100 second through eighth graders last week with many of his football players there to help.

The program now sets its eyes to the fall, where it looks for a seventh straight postseason appearance.