After losing the intra-city Mayor’s Cup to Broomfield two consecutive years, Legacy’s football team repossessed the trophy following a 27-23 win in a cross-town rivalry game Sept. 7 at North Stadium.
“They battled and battled and battled and Broomfield hung tight, but we prevailed in the end, and I’m proud of our kids,” Legacy head coach Wayne Voorhees said.
The Lightning won a close game which started out as a comfortable lead going into halftime 20-3. In the third quarter, Legacy kicker Huntor Rainwater missed a field goal with six minutes left in the third. When the Eagles got the ball back, Broomfield quarterback Alec McLain ran the ball into the endzone shortening Legacy’s lead by only 10 points.
With a minute left in the third, the Eagles intercepted the ball and scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter, closing the gap even more for the Lightning, 20-17. With seven minutes left in the game, Legacy defensive back Drew Hebel made an interception.
Running back Taten Petersian scored a much-needed touchdown for Legacy, widening the score 27-17.
“Drew had a good game on defense and on special teams, he did a lot of good things for us,” Voorhees said. “That pick was big in the third quarter, and I’m proud of him, he made some good plays.”
With two minutes left, Broomfield scored another touchdown, but the point after touchdown was blocked by Lightning defensive lineman Andrew LaGuardia. With 19 seconds left and the ball on the Eagles’ 19-yard line, McLain attempted to run the ball himself but was tackled to the ground, presenting Legacy with the 27-23 win and the Mayor’s Cup.
Wide receiver Jacob Royer scored the first touchdown of the game off a pass from quarterback Matt Lynch in the first quarter.
Wide receiver Jordan Van Valkenburg also scored off a pass from Lynch in the second quarter. Rainwater kicked two field goals in the second for a 20-3 lead at halftime. Besides the field goals, there wasn’t a Legacy player who scored multiple times.
“We try to distribute the ball a little bit,” Voorhees said. “We’re going to pound at you, and then we’re going to throw it a few times and we made some plays early. As many guys that can make touches the better.”
Legacy is 1-1 overall and will now travel to Parker to play a Chaparral team who’s 0-2.
“Some of the things they’re going to try to do is they’re going to try to run the ball, and we have to show up our run defense a little bit,” Voorhees said. “Offensively, we just have to keep the ball moving.”