BROOMFIELD — It doesn’t always have to be pretty.
So when you look at Friday night’s result and you see that Holy Family won 41-15 over Lewis-Palmer, it would be easy to assume that everything went off without a hitch.
Not quite so much.
The Tigers were sloppy at times, committing five turnovers in the win, but were efficient when they needed to be and were never really threatened by a Rangers team that failed to take advantage of the miscues.
“There is still a lot of things we can fix up,” said senior running back Trevin Johnson, who scored twice on Friday night. “Even if we scored a 100 points, there are going to be things to touch up, but we will work on it in practice this week and pick it up next week.”
And next week comes quick for the Tigers (2-0 overall, 2-0 Colorado League) with a Thursday date with Discovery Canyon in Monument at Don Breese Stadium.
Lewis-Palmer (0-2, 0-2) made things interesting early in the second quarter. After a Jacob Lawver mistake on the Lewis-Palmer punt gave the Rangers the ball at the Tigers 1-yard line, Rangers quarterback Devan Zahl went in for the score to make it a 9-7 game.
It would be the last time that, what has been a sturdy Holy Family defense through two games, Lewis-Palmer would find pay-dirt until late game garbage time.
The Tigers were once again impressive up front on the line of scrimmage and paved the way for Johnson and fullback Matt Mollendor to run wild as well as giving quarterback Michael White to find his receivers.
Holy Family extended the lead to 23-7 at halftime on a 3-yard Mollendor scoring run and a 24-yard White to Liam Gray touchdown pass.
Things got off track in a bizarre third quarter that features four consecutive possessions with turnovers — two by each team. Interceptions by Benito Hernandez and Justin Trostel for the Tigers set them up on the Rangers side of the field and they were finally able to take advantage late in the quarter.
White, who threw three interceptions himself and had a fumble in the red zone, hooked up with Benton Daniels for his second score of the game to extend the lead to 31-7.
Gray would hit the second of his two field goals, he was true from 41-yards in the first quarter, a 33-yarder late in the third to make it a 34-7 lead.
The cherry on top of the Holy Family sundae on Friday night was late in the fourth quarter. Johnson capped his 272 yard rushing night with a huge 97-yard run in which he ran away from the Rangers defenders.
“I’m not going to lie, the long one got me,” he joked. “Those last ten yards really got me.
“We just need to limit our mistakes and we just need to fix those. Realistically if we would have lost tonight we would have beat ourselves, the other team didn’t. We just need to top shooting ourselves in the foot.”
HOLY FAMILY 41, LEWIS-PALMER 15
At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium
Lewis-Palmer (0-2, 0-2) 0 7 0 8 — 15
Holy Family (2-0, 2-0) 9 14 11 7 — 41
Holy Family — Trevin Johnson 1 run (kick failed).
Holy Family — FG Liam Gray 41.
Lewis-Palmer — Devan Zahl 1 run (Ethan Mann kick).
Holy Family — Matt Mollendor 3 run (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Gray 24 pass from Michael White (Gray kick).
Holy Family — Benton Daniels 23 pass from White (Daniels pass from White).
Holy Family — FG Gray 33.
Holy Family — Johnson 97 run (Gray kick).
Lewis-Palmer — Chris Mills 1 run (Eddie Speller pass from Mills).
Rushing — Holy Family: Trevin Johnson 20-272, Matt Mollendor 11-44, Oscar Sena 1-7, Michael White 4-3, Liam Gray 1-(minus-2).
Passing — Holy Family: White 13-27-3-222.
Receiving — Holy Family: Gray 4-76, Benton Daniels 3-45, Sena 2-56, Mollendor 2-23, Logan Erickson 1-14, Johnson 1-8.