BROOMFIELD — All three facets.
When they are all humming in synchrony for 48 minutes, it’s a beautiful thing. And on Friday night in Holy Family’s home opener at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium against the Glenwood Springs Demons, it was stunning to watch.
The offense pounded the ball on the ground, the defense pitched a shutout and on special teams, kicker Liam Gray was good from 46, 46 and 51 yards in the Tigers 29-0 victory over the Demons.
“I don’t remember seeing (a zero on the scoreboard) in a long time,” Holy Family coach Mike D. Gabriel said. “We are proud of that, especially with minimal practice (because of the lightning) this week.”
One week after surrendering 52 points on the road at Pueblo South, Holy Family made it a point of emphasis this week to come out and play better against a team that scored 35 on them last year in Glenwood.
“Glenwood is a good team and a perennial playoff contender and for us it was just a matter of detail,” said Gabriel, whose team has the week off next week before traveling to Colorado Springs to take on Discovery Canyon in Week 4. “We feel like we didn’t pay attention to detail last week and we made mistakes on little things that can be fixed and we focused on that this week, focused on that early and hounded on it all week.”
The Tigers jumped on their opponents from the other side of the Continental Divide within the first two minutes. After a big return of the opening kickoff from Trevin Johnson set them up at the Glenwood 30-yard line, it took just four plays for Calahan Carter to connect with Braedon Peters for the first touchdown of the game.
It stayed that way until midway through the second quarter when junior Liam Gray connected on the first of his lengthy field goals to make it 10-0.
“I’ve got a kicker,” Gabriel said. “A 49-yarder last week and a 5(1)-yarder this week is pretty amazing for a high school kid.
“I’ve told the kids that if we cross the 50, we’ll kick field goals.”
The Tigers made it a three score game just before halftime. Johnson, who finished with a workman-like 137 yards on 25 carries, rolled in from 11 yards to make it 17-0 at the half.
“I love running the ball and I got it a lot … and that is all I could ask for,” Johnson said. “You talking about the meat fridge? Let tell you about Wally (Blackmore), Cord (Kinglen), Thomas (Pittenger), Brody (Welch) and Shawn Dean, those guys I love them to death and I couldn’t ask for a better o-line.
“I’m honored to run behind them and I think they are the best o-line I’ve had so far and I’m looking forward to the next eight games.”
The defense did the rest, limiting the Glenwood Springs offense to just 165 total yards. Demons quarterback Dylan Albright was just 2-for-13 for 23 yards and was intercepted by Peters in the second quarter.
“Obviously we came out flat-footed (last week) on offense and we’ve got to hold up both ends,” Johnson said. “The defense played great in the first quarter last week but there is only so much they can do before we need to step up and today they were phenominal. Both side of the ball we great and we obviously have things to work on, but the defense was great and you give up nothing, it’s a great game.”
HOLY FAMILY 29, GLENWOOD SPRINGS 0
At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium
Glenwood Springs (0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Holy Family (1-1) 7 10 9 3 — 29
Holy Family — Braedon Peters 9 pass from Calahan Carter (Liam Gray kick).
Holy Family — FG Gray 46.
Holy Family — Trevin Johnson 11 run (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Ben Nappe 20 pass from Carter (kick failed).
Holy Family — FG Gray 46.
Holy Family — FG Gray 51.
Rushing — Holy Family: Trevin Johnson 25-137, Benito Hernandez 2-10, Matt Mollendor 4-8, Calahan Carter 1-3, Braedon Peters 1-2, Ben Nappe 1-(minus-2).
Passing — Holy Family: Carter 9-17-1-118.
Receiving — Holy Family: Liam Gray 3-48, Nappe 2-42, Michael White 1-11, Peters 1-9, Johnson 1-6, Benton Daniels 1-2.