Nov. 8 at Holy Family High School, a lot was on the line for a Tigers team (5-5), hoping to give themselves a shot to participate in the 3A football state playoffs. Against conference foe, Skyview …
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Nov. 8 at Holy Family High School, a lot was on the line for a Tigers team (5-5), hoping to give themselves a shot to participate in the 3A football state playoffs.
Against conference foe, Skyview (3-7, 1-4 in conference), Holy Family got the job done in dominate fashion, 55-6, to advance to the state tournament as the No. 13 seed.
It didn’t take long for HF to put their grasp on this contest. In fact, just 14 seconds.
On the opening kickoff, senior Braeden Peters sprinted 83 yards for the touchdown as the Tigers jumped out to the 7-point lead against a shook Wolverines group. And it didn’t slow down from there.
Scoring on their next three possessions, two touchdowns from junior running back Trevin Johnson of six and 50 yards combined with a 47-yard pass from senior Calahan Carter to Peters expanded the lead to 28 with 3:29 still left in the opening quarter.
“Braedon is an incredible athlete and has to be accounted for by any defense or offense,” Holy Family coach Michael Gabriel said postgame in an email. “A lot of what we do is designed for his athleticism.”
Scoring his third touchdown — this one from 35 yards out — seven minutes and 41 seconds later, Johnson busted big play after big play. In part to the big, experienced offensive, the running game had their way throughout the half, accumulating 139 yards on 12 rushed by the junior.
“The offensive line is one of our strengths,” Gabriel said. “Size and experience are hard to come by, and we have both. They have improved each week.”
Also improving the last two ballgames, the Holy Family defense has allowed just 20 points, including six on Friday night. The lone score given up came with 5:25 remaining in the first half, with the score already being 36-0. Junior Justin Trostel and sophomores Brady Samaras, Dominic Mazzulla were the standouts of the evening on that side of the ball. The unit as a whole allowed just 62 yards of total offense in the first half.
Extending their lead to 49-6 going to the break, a 98-yard touchdown reception by junior Oscar Sena and a fourth touchdown by Johnson from 14 yards out put the game out of hand, and HF back into the postseason. The Tigers will travel to Don Breese Stadium to take on No. 4 seed Palmer Ridge (8-2) Nov. 15.
“These boys have committed themselves for the past 12 months to football. We haven’t done as well as we had hoped, but we are excited for a playoff opportunity,” Gabriel said.
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