Boys Varsity Football · Football: Tigers close out regular season in style

BROOMFIELD — Now all we can do is sit and wait.

Second ranked Holy Family capped off a perfect regular season on Friday night against winless Pueblo Centennial, 45-0 at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium and will now wait for the Class 3A state playoff bracket to be released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers were second in the latest RPI rankings behind Lutheran, who they beat last week to claim the Colorado League crown. The Lions were idle this week after their game with Riverdale Ridge was called off due to Covid-19 concerns.

The Tigers (6-0) took control against the Bulldogs early and despite not being crisp on the offensive side of the ball, were strong enough defensively to more than make up for it.

Senior Liam Gray had a big night for the Tigers and got the scoring started in the first quarter with a 33-yard catch and run from quarterback Michael White for a touchdown. After two-point conversion run, the Tigers were up 8-0.

It would be the first six points of a 25 point night for Gray. He would close out the scoring in the first quarter with his fifth field goal of the season, a 39-yard kick out of the hold of Logan Erickson that made it 11-0 after 12 minutes of play.

Matt Mollendor, who got a majority of the touches on Friday night in relief of Trevin Johnson, scored his fifth touchdown of the season with 19 yard jaunt over the left side of the Holy Family line in the second quarter.

After back-to-back Pueblo Centennial (0-5) turnovers that set the Tigers up in the red zone, it was Gray and White working their magic again. A perfectly called screen pass resulted in a untouched 19-yard score that upped the lead to 25-0.

Less than a minute later, after the Bulldogs failed to jump on a short kickoff by Gray, White hit Gray one more time from — you guessed it — 19 yards, and the Tigers went to the break up 32-0.

The inevitable running clock didn’t come until late in the third quarter. After a Benito Hernandez score and then a Jacob Lawver run, the Tigers finally hit the 40 point plateau and made it a quick fourth quarter.

Holy Family should be in good shape to earn a a top four seed and by virtue would host a first round playoff game next week. The CHSAA hopes to have the bracket out by noon on Sunday.


At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium

Pueblo Centennial (0-5)   0   0   0   0   —   0

Holy Family (6-0)   11   21   13   0   —   45

First quarter

Holy Family — Liam Gray 33 pass from Michael White (Matt Mollendor run).

Holy Family — FG Gray 39.

Second quarter

Holy Family — Mollendor 19 run (Gray kick).

Holy Family — Gray 19 pass from White (Gray kick).

Holy Family — Gray 19 pass from White (Gray kick).

Third quarter

Holy Family — Benito Hernandez 1 run (pass failed).

Holy Family — Jacob Lawver 4 run (Gray kick).