Broomfield overpowers Windsor in Class 4A football semifinals
November 26, 2016
BROOMFIELD — Broomfield senior Ryan Mazzola said his team's Class 4A Football Championships semifinals game Saturday felt like a movie.
For Windsor, that movie had an alternate ending than the one it produced in the postseason last year. Yet it was a redundant sequel to the last time the Wizards and Eagles met.
Fifth-seeded Broomfield's defense took over in the second half to top No. 8 Windsor 25-13.
The Wizards — last year's 4A champs — end their season at 9-4.
The Eagles carry their 11-2 record into the finals and will pursue their fourth title — their first since 1984 — when they take on No. 3 Pine Creek (11-2) in the finals Saturday.
"Hollywood couldn't write a better movie, in my eyes," said Mazzola, who had a game-high 69 yards receiving and the game-clinching interception with 2 minutes, 10 seconds left.
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"Coming down with that ball (on the interception), that's something you dream of as a kid. That was just unbelievable."
A year ago, the Wizards beat a team — Longmont — in the semifinals after losing to it earlier in the season. They had designs on doing the same Saturday, more than two months after losing 37-25 to Broomfield at home in the third game of the season.
However, after Windsor led 7-0 at halftime, the Wizards' normally potent run game produced just 98 rushing yards in the second half, with 80 of those coming on junior Jaedyn Traut's 80-yard touchdown run with 7:46 left — Windsor's only points after halftime.
"From the start of the game, they just came out pounding it and stopping us," Traut said of the physical Eagles. "Their edge guys were getting on those tosses, and up the middle, they were just stopping us. So, kudos to them."
While the Eagles narrowly won the overall yardage battle 312-311, the Wizards outproduced Broomfield 175-83 in the first half.
The Eagles defense bent but didn't break, sending Windsor away empty handed on all but one of its five first-half drives.
"When you have a short field and walk away with nothing, it puts the defense in a tough spot," Wizards first-year head coach Skylar Brower said. "We didn't take advantage when we had those opportunities, to (the Eagles') credit. They came out, ready to play."
Best individual Performance
Mazzola gets the nod for providing the Eagles a second dimension to complement its vaunted run game, accounting for 69 of the team's 94 receiving yards. He also had a big fourth-quarter interception to seal the deal late.
Windsor junior kicker Julia Broghammer delivered a perfect pooch kick, which Windsor recovered to start the second half.
Up 7-0, the Wizards took over on the Broomfield 35 with a chance to tack on to their halftime lead.
However, Windsor fumbled the ball on fourth-and-inches from the 26. The Eagles recovered, then proceeded to drive 74 yards on seven plays in 3:15 to earn their first points and ignite their dominant second half.
Penalties were a factor, as Windsor had 90 yards in penalties while Broomfield had just 25.
What it means
Broomfield is in the finals against perennial powerhouse Pine Creek, while the Wizards fall short of their quest for a second straight 4A title.
"There's only one happy team at the end in 4A," Brower said. "Just to be able to get this far, (the players) should be very proud of that accomplishment. For sure, our goal was to get back to that game next week. We fell a little short, but sometimes you fall short of your goals and you've just got to get back up."
WHS 0 7 0 6 — 13
BHS 0 0 14 11 — 25
WHS — Corte Tapia 1 run (Julia Broghammer kick) 5:25. Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 4:38. Windsor 7, Broomfield 0.
BHS — Jalon Torres 11 run (Luke Coffman kick) 7:32. Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 3:15. Broomfield 7, Windsor 7.
BHS — Steven Croell 34 run (Coffman kick) 1:49. Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, :59. Broomfield 14, Windsor 7.
BHS — Coffman 22 FG, 8:02. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:25. Broomfield 17, Windsor 7.
WHS — Jaedyn Traut 80 run (run failed) 7:46. Drive: 1 play, 80 yards, :16. Broomfield 17, Windsor 13.
BHS — Windsor safety, 4:44. Broomfield 19, Windsor 13.
BHS — Torres 10 run (run failed) 3:26. Drive: 4 plays, 52 yards, 1:17. Broomfield 25, Windsor 13.
First downs 17 12
Rushes-yards 39-218 39-254
Passing 94 57
Comp-Att-Int 7-16-0 5-10-1
Sacked-yards lost 1-1 3-24
Punts-Avg. 5-36.8 5-32
Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-2
Penalties-yards 2-25 9-90
Rushing — WHS, Jaedyn Traut 3-80 (TD); Brad Peeples 11-64; Caleb Bangs 9-64. BHS, Jalon Torres 19-145 (2 TDs).
Passing — WHS, Connor Apodaca 3-6-1-33; Peeples 2-3-0-24; BHS, Steven Croell 5-14-0-69.
Receiving — WHS, Ryan Lemons 2-24. BHS, Ryan Mazzola 4-69.