No doubt it was a gold trophy, The Mayor’s Cup, worth holding high after Legacy defeated crosstown rival Broomfield, 21-6, last Friday in their season opening football game on the Eagles field.
Yet there is little doubt Legacy, coached by Wayne Voorhees, would like nothing better than to hold high a trophy for winning the Front Range League at the end of the season. It would be all the better holding the golden Class 5A state championship trophy at the end of the season.
Never rule any team out at the beginning of a season, but it’s going to be a rough go for the Lightning as they try to improve on four consecutive 4-6 seasons.
Legacy was able to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter. The drive started following a blocked, 27-yard, field goal attempt by Broomfield’s Bryan Tanagawa with 8:41 left in the quarter. From there, the Lightning fashioned a nine-play drive that ended on an eight-yard run by Connor Connolly with 5:16 remaining.
Junior Evan Baugh, who would eventually rush for 81-yards, helped the drive with a pair of 14-yard runs that would help put the ball on Broomfield’s 13-yard line. A five yard run by quarterback Matt Lynch placed the ball on the eight-yard line. On the next play, Connolly dashed in for the touchdown.
Josh Boddy tacked on the extra point that eventually could be determined as the game winning point for Legacy.
“We just wanted all of us to be on the same page tonight,” said Connolly, who would rush for 103-yards on 19 carries. “We got the Cup and that’s certainly a good way to start the season for us. It’s a good rivalry against some good friends on the other side. We still want to play a lot harder this season and it’s going to be a challenge.”
Connolly would score his second touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter on a three-yard run. The Lightning would only need four plays to score from 22-yards out, but they were also helped by a Broomfield personal foul penalty following an incomplete pass by Lynch that placed the ball at the Broomfield 11-yard line.
K.J. Robinson carried the ball on the next two plays which took the ball down to the 3-yard line. From there, Connolly took it over the goal line with 11:56 showing on the clock.
“We executed according to our game plan today,” Lynch said. “This is somewhat of a special game as a lot of us from both schools have grown up together. But for the duration of the game, you have to forget about friendship and play just a hard as you can.
“We were able to set the tempo in the game and we just didn’t want to give them any solid opportunities to score against us,” Lynch said. “It was just a good start tonight.”
Certainly a good start for Lynch as he completed 11-of-16 passes for 160-yards. The effort also included his first touchdown pass of the season of 11-yards to Jack Ruscher with 1:22 remaining in the second quarter. Yet he would also give up his first interception of the season as Broomfield’s Shane Wetzel pulled the ball down with 9:21 left in the third quarter.
Broomfield took advantage of a blocked punt in the fourth quarter to score its only touchdown of the game with 6:01 remaining. Brock Abeyta was able to get the block that rolled back to the Legacy end zone. It was here that the Eagles Cal Lively recovered the ball for the score, but the try for the extra point failed.
Troy Fossett led the defense for Legacy with seven tackles, with three of his teammates coming through with six stops apiece.
It was a tough loss for Broomfield and coach Gary Davies, but it also was a game in which the Eagles were missing some key players.
“We were not prepared and that’s on me, not the kids,” said Davies, beginning his 30-season in the coaching ranks. “We didn’t move the ball when we did have some opportunities, but there was some pretty good efforts.
“We’ve got some excellent competition coming this season from Windsor, Longmont and Loveland,” Davies said. “We just have to get right back to work. We were, though, missing some pretty good players due to injury. Now, we just have to see how we come along.”