Broomfield Stays Hot and Improves to 4-4 Against Brighton

Broomfield Beat Brighton at Home in a Make-Or-Break Game to Stay in Playoff Contention


Carson Orvis, Staff Writer - Sports

Broomfield came into this game against Brighton on a two game win streak, looking to remain undefeated in league play. The Eagles needed a win in this game if they wanted to go to the playoffs, and they got the job done.

Brighton came into this game also 3-4, needing a win.

The key for Broomfield all year has been getting off to hot starts, and the defense got it rolling for Broomfield early.

Canon Juarez (Jr.) picked off Brighton’s QB on their opening drive, setting up a short field for the Eagles’ offense.

Brighton’s defense made a nice stop and forced a turnover on downs, but Broomfield’s offense was right back on the field after another defensive stop.

Right away Broomfield took a shot, and on Cole LaCrue’s (Jr.) first passing attempt of the game, he hit Josh Dunn (Sr.) perfectly in stride down the field to open up the scoring.

Down 7-0, Brighton got the ball back, but couldn’t make anything happen and gave the ball back to the Eagles’ offense.

Broomfield’s next possession ended with a 31 yard field goal from Gabe Estebanes (Sr.), extending the lead to 10-0.
Brighton was able to score to get back in the game, but LaCrue connected with Dunn again in the endzone and put Broomfield up 17-6 going into the half.

In the third quarter, Broomfield’s offense kept rolling. The Eagles scored twice in the quarter with touchdowns from Blake Naranjo (Sr.) and Kadin Quintana (Jr.)

Naranjo caught a touch pass from LaCrue for the score and Quintana added to his productive rushing day with a touchdown.

Going into the fourth quarter, Broomfield held a 30-13 lead, and looked to put the Bulldogs away.

Brighton ran in for a touchdown early in the fourth and narrowed their deficit to 10.

The Eagles’ offense needed one more long drive to put this game away, and they did just that. Dustin Detwiler (Sr.) put the game away with a rushing touchdown, putting Broomfield up 37-20 with little time remaining.

Brighton scored once more at the very end when their QB made a nice throw down the field to score a 56 yard touchdown, but it was too little too late.

Broomfield wins 37-27.

Eagle Analysis
In a must win game for Broomfield, the Eagles came out ready to play and dominated from start to finish. The game was not as close as the 37-27 final score showed as Broomfield controlled the game on offense, and made some key stops on defense.

The Broomfield offense was very efficient in this game. They controlled the clock by sustaining long drives throughout the game and hit on some big plays that kept Brighton’s defense guessing.

The offense had a nice balance, rushing for 216 yards and passing for 230. Being able to balance the run and pass throughout the game was huge and allowed them to control the game.

Broomfield’s defense also played well in this game. Brighton’s late score makes it look like Broomfield’s defense struggled but they played well. The biggest thing they were able to do was give their offense opportunities to score early without making them have to play from behind.

The key for Broomfield has been getting off to fast starts and playing with a lead, and the defense did what they needed to contribute to that in this game.

Broomfield had some pressure on them coming into this game, and they played a great game and showed that they have gotten a lot better.

Broomfield plays 8-0 Erie on the road next week and despite Broomfield being only 4-4, the Eagles will play Erie tough. The Tigers are yet to face a challenge this year, and the Eagles come into this game red hot and could surprise some people.

Standout Performances
Cole LaCrue threw for 3 TDS and finished with a 125.1 QBR
Josh Dunn caught 3 passes for 83 yards and 2 TDs
Kadin Quintana rushed for 97 yards and a TD
DJ Detwiler picked up 132 total yards and a TD

Bode Hogan led the team with 10 tackles and had 2 sacks
Devin Furuiye had 2 TFLs
Blake Naranjo had a TFL and a sack
Garrett Keeler had 8 tackles and a sack
Canon Juarez had the INT for Broomfield