BROOMFIELD — Everything just felt kind of right on Friday under the lights at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.
Football is back.
Holy Family opened the season and Colorado League play with an impressive 50-14 rout of Niwot in front a a limited crowd of friends and family as mandated by both the state and the City and County of Broomfield due to COVID-19 regulations.
“It felt good to finally get out here again,” senior Justin Trostel said. “Even better to get a big team win.”
Trostel was in the middle of a lot of the action in a first quarter that saw the Tigers rack up 43 points in just eight minutes of game clock. Wide receiver/kicker Liam Gray opened the scoring, taking a reverse hand off in from 36-yards out for the first score of the season for Holy Family.
Then on Niwot’s first offensive possession, the Cougars were forced to punt deep in their own end. A high snap sent the ball into the end zone, where Trostel won the battle for the loose ball and was rewarded with his first score in a long time.
“It’s been a while,” he said. “JV season during my sophomore year.”
He didn’t have to wait long to get his second.
Just over a minute later, Trostel cut right in front of Cougars quarterback Ayden Bartko’s slant pass for the interception and he raced 24 yards untouched for the score.
“I’ve never had a defensive touchdown,” said Trostel with a big smile on his face.
While the Niwot offense continued to stumble and create short fields for the Tigers offense, Holy Family took full advantage. The Tigers won the line of scrimmage, opening huge holes for backs Trevin Johnson (15-yard touchdown run) and Mattt Mollendor (four yard second quarter score) and giving time to senior quarterback Michael White to connect on the opportunities he got to throw the ball.
White hit a wide open Benton Daniels for a 17-yard score and then Oscar Sena from 32 yards out to cap the first quarter scoring. In his starting debut for the Tigers, White was an efficient 3-for-4 with 63 yards and the two scores.
Niwot, which was the home team on the scoreboard on Friday night, was able to find the end zone in the shortened second half against the Tigers second team defense. Bartko threw touchdowns passes of 80 yards and 9 yards to Craig Wright and Ben Classen respectively.
Holy Family will play next Friday night at home against Lewis-Palmer, which is also a part of the newly formed Colorado League.
HOLY FAMILY 50, NIWOT 14
At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium
Holy Family (1-0, 1-0) 43 7 0 0 — 50
Niwot (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 6 8 — 14
Holy Family — Liam Gray 36 run (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Justin Trostel fumble recovery in end zone (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Trostel 24 interception return (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Trevin Johnson 15 run (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Benton Daniels 17 pass from Michael White (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Oscar Sena 32 pass from White (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Matt Mollendor 4 run (Gray kick).
Niwot — Craig Wright 80 pass from Ayden Bartko (run failed).
Niwot — Ben Classen 9 pass from Bartko (Jackson Ackerman pass from Bartko).
Rushing — Holy Family: Trevin Johnson 5-64, Liam Gray 1-36, Vicente Lopez 6-27, Matt Mollendor 2-13, Matthew McCarthy 1-5, Jace Gunderson 1-(minus-3), Tyler Stevens 1-(minus-8).
Passing — Holy Family: Michael White 3-4-0-63, Stevens 2-3-0-14.
Receiving — Holy Family: Oscar Sena 1-32, Benton Daniels 1-17, Johnson 1-14, Dominic Mazzulla 1-7, McCarthy 1-7.