Broomfield Handles Rival Erie at Home

In the 9News Game of the Week, Broomfield made a Statement in a Dominating Win over Erie


Carson Orvis, Sports Writer


In week four, Broomfield hosted highly ranked Erie for the 9News game of the week.
This highly anticipated game was highlighted by the quarterback matchup. Erie’s athletic signal caller, Blake Barnett (‘24), against Broomfield star senior QB, Cole LaCrue, was the main storyline.
On this night, it was Broomfield’s QB who stole the show.
On Broomfield’s opening offensive drive, LaCrue led an efficient drive, and found trusty wideout Kaelan Frey (‘23) to get the Eagles inside the five-yard-line.
LaCrue was the one to finish the drive, taking a keeper into the endzone, putting the Eagles up 7-0 early.
It didn’t take long for the Broomfield offense to get back on the field. The Erie offense was forced off the field quickly, giving Broomfield a chance to go up by two scores.
The Coach Hubbard-led offense got down the field quickly again, and Cole LaCrue punched in another rushing touchdown on the goal line.
Down 14-0, Erie was not going to go away.
Blake Barnett led a touchdown drive, getting Erie back in the game, down 14-7.
But, the Tiger defense still couldn’t find success. LaCrue led another touchdown drive before halftime, and once again he ran a QB keeper into the endzone to put Broomfield up 21-7.
At half, Broomfield had complete control.
In the second half, Coach Hubbard dialed up the run game with Ryland Boehmer (‘23), who couldn’t be stopped. Boehmer wore down Erie’s defense and was able to find the endzone early in the third quarter to extend the lead to three scores.
At this point, Erie was depleted. The Tigers were able to score once more, but yet again, Cole LaCrue rushed for a touchdown to end the game.
Broomfield won this game handily, 35-14.


Going into this game, Broomfield hadn’t faced a real test. This was a big game in determining whether the Eagles are built for a State Championship, and they proved they are capable of making a run.
Broomfield’s defense made a statement in this game, shutting down Blake Barnett.
As a big, athletic QB with a strong arm, Barnett is a tough matchup for any defense, as he can beat you multiple ways.
However, Broomfield had the perfect game plan to defend Barnett, and the 11 guys on the field executed it well.
The Eagles looked to contain Barnett from making plays on the ground, forcing him to beat them through the air.
This forced Barnett to operate from the pocket, where he proved he can be flustered into making bad decisions. He made multiple reckless throws, two of them ending in interceptions by Brent Harris (‘24) and Mikhail Benner (‘25).
Benner was also able to force a fumble that Gio Toledo (‘25) picked up.
If Broomfield can force three turnovers against tough opponents, they will find playoff success.
The Broomfield defense deserves a lot of credit all-around for the game plan and execution friday.

The Broomfield offense also put up big numbers, led by 9News ‘King of the Night’ Cole LaCrue.
This game had high stakes for LaCrue, as he was going up against his old school. He came into this game with a chip on his shoulder and showed out.
The QB finished the night with a 71% completion rate, 225 total yards, and four rushing touchdowns. Ryland Boehmer also had a big night, going for 144 yards and a TD.
After the game, LaCrue said, “It was a huge win for the program, and especially myself after what they did to us last year,” when being asked how it felt to dominate his old team.
Broomfield is a team looking to make a State Championship run, and the star QB thinks they can do it. He said, “for us, the sky’s the limit. It’s going to come down to what we want to do at the end of the day. I think we have a lot of great pieces and guys that want to win.”
The Eagles have looked great so far, and they aren’t slowing down. They will go to Brighton next week, looking to continue their dominance.