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Football: Broomfield smacks Heritage in 4A quarterfinal rematch

  • Broomfield football takes the field before the Eagles' quarterfinal matchup...

    Broomfield football takes the field before the Eagles' quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • A flock of Eagles takes down Heritage's Noah Shoen during...

    A flock of Eagles takes down Heritage's Noah Shoen during the first quarter of Broomfield's quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (By Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • Broomfield's Cole LaCrue passes the ball downfield during the second...

    Broomfield's Cole LaCrue passes the ball downfield during the second quarter of the Eagles' Class 4A state quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Saturday. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • Broomfield's Cole LaCrue hands the ball off to Luke Francis,...

    Broomfield's Cole LaCrue hands the ball off to Luke Francis, who runs the ball into the end zone for a short score during the first quarter of the Eagles' quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (By Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • Broomfield cheerleaders welcome the football team to the field before...

    Broomfield cheerleaders welcome the football team to the field before the Eagles' quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (By Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

  • Broomfield's Burke Frese takes Heritage's Zyriq Siegler down on the...

    Broomfield's Burke Frese takes Heritage's Zyriq Siegler down on the opening kickoff during the Eagles' quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (By Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

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BROOMFIELD — Heritage football waited three weeks for its rematch against Broomfield.

The last time the two teams met, Broomfield stunned Heritage after a controversial call handed the Eagles a 17-13 victory. Heritage’s shot at revenge quickly evaporated during the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium when No. 2 Broomfield’s defense continuously shut it down en route to a 46-0 victory.

Broomfield secured three defensive touchdowns in the contest, including a 109-yard pick-six from senior Canon Juarez with five minutes remaining. He intercepted the ball deep in the end zone to deprive No. 7 Heritage of even a single point before running it coast to coast.

A few minutes later, sophomore cornerback Mikhail Benner blessed the Eagle defense with another pick-six, his second of the game.

“When I saw my teammates cheering me on, it really made me just go an extra mile. My first reaction was, ‘That’s another pick. I’m going to go take it to the crib now,'” Juarez said. “Oh, this is a statement game. Three weeks ago, we didn’t play our best performance against these guys. We just showed today what Broomfield Eagles football is about.”

BHS came in with a chip on their shoulders, and Heritage paid the price.

“There was a lot of talk on social media, a lot of talk before the game, after the (last) game,” Juarez said. “We just took care of business.”

Senior quarterback and Wisconsin commit Cole LaCrue lit up his offense with 195 passing yards and two touchdowns as senior running back Luke Francis added 89 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Juarez aggregated 74 yards on offense with two receiving touchdowns and added that long-haul interception return in the final minutes for three scores in all.

The hosts collected 327 yards of offense. The win, not even their most dominant of the season, will now send them into the semifinals against a team they know well, No. 11 Erie. Broomfield will host the contest next Saturday.

If the Eagles proved anything on Saturday, it’s that the rest of the classification should fear them. Juarez believes they can take their undefeated 2022 campaign, now 12-0, all the way to the history books.

“It was all the hard work we put in during the summer. Every single morning, it’s the same. We’re in the weight room together, crying together, sweating together. And it’s all paying off now,” Juarez said. “This team’s going all the way to state, and we’re going to show it.”

They put together one of their most complete games of the season, one of many, when it counted most. They’re not done yet.

“Our defense had to really play well today and they just set the tone right away with that defensive touchdown (from Benner) to start the game and it just built some momentum,” head coach Blair Hubbard said. “And then, offensively, they were getting some pressure on us but Cole stood in the pocket and made some great throws for us today. I’m just proud of the effort across the board.”

Broomfield football takes the field before the Eagles' quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)
Broomfield football takes the field before the Eagles’ quarterfinal matchup against Heritage at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. (Alissa Noe/BoCoPreps.com)

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