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WESTMINSTER — Three weeks into the season, Legacy football had still been searching for its first spark.

Prior to their matchup against Rocky Mountain, the Lightning struggled to muster much offense as mistake after mistake hindered their opportunities. On Friday night at North Stadium, they erased that bad luck and more as they pounded the Lobos, 31-0.

“We’ve had turnovers at the wrong time and penalties at the wrong time,” head coach Jay Madden said. “But the kids are playing hard. They’re working hard. That’s what you got to do, just keep doing that, and, hopefully, some bounces start to go our way.”

In the first half, it was the Lobos whose mistakes cost them, and Legacy capitalized on each one as two forced fumbles and an interception led to three straight touchdown drives. Every bounce seemed to favor the Lightning.

Junior quarterback Kullen Lerma claimed the spotlight with a commanding performance of 112 passing yards, including three passing touchdowns, and 70 rushing yards with another touchdown in that category.

“It felt amazing just being able to control the ball in my hand every play, just get to be able to make a play every chance I get,” Lerma said. “We didn’t make many errors on defense, certainly didn’t make any errors on offense. We just played very well together as a team.”

Senior wide receiver Will Thurston contributed 70 offensive yards with two receiving touchdowns as junior running back Tyler Madden added his name to the scorebook with the other receiving TD.

The teams began the first half playing fairly evenly through soggy conditions, as neither managed to gain much of an advantage. Junior kicker Lucas Montera put an end to that dry spell with a 35-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the first quarter and, in doing so, opened the floodgates for the rest of his offense.

The Lightning found the end zone four times in the second frame, three scores of which came on the heels of Lobo turnovers. Lerma connected with Thurston for two touchdowns, with Montera on another and then ran one in himself.

The Lightning led 31-0 but took their feet entirely off the gas pedal in the second half. Their defense held true through the final 24 minutes of play to keep the Lobos, who were just outside the Class 5A Top 10 rankings entering the week, completely out of the end zone.

“I think it will give us a lot of confidence,” Lerma said. “Our receivers will be more confident that they can score touchdowns more often. Running backs are going to hit holes more often.”

The Lightning, now 1-2, will look to add to their win column next Thursday when they return home to take on Mountain Vista.

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