BROOMFIELD — Thursday night on their home field, the only thing that slowed down Holy Family were the Tigers themselves. And even that couldn’t keep them from lighting up their scoreboard.
Overcoming a first half filled with penalties, running backs Jacob Lawver and Chase McNaughton ran all over Skyview, combining for 246 yards and five touchdowns as the Tigers rolled to a 49-0 victory to keep a firm hold on second place in the Class 3A North Central 2.
The Tigers improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league play with only a nonleague contest with Fort Morgan next week remaining on their schedule.
“We preach and preach and preach to control what we can control and that preaching went a little by the wayside in the first half,” Holy Family head coach Michael Gabriel said. “The kids got a little out of sorts with some of the things going on. I felt like we woke up a little in the second quarter and then at halftime we refocused and came out and did what we needed to do.”
In the first half alone, the Tigers were penalized 12 times for 110 yards, but were able to capitalize on some good field position and a turnover late in the half to take a three-touchdown lead into halftime.
Dominic Mazzulla got the scoring started for the Tigers on an 11-yard pass from Rylan Cooney to give them a 7-0 lead with 4:17 left in the opening period.
Less than four minutes into the second quarter, Lawver scored his first of two touchdowns in the period. A run from six yards out gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 8:11 to go before halftime.
After recovering a fumble at the Skyview 1-yard line, Lawver took it in to make it 21-0 with 54 seconds left in the quarter.
“We came out a little sloppy,” Lawver said. “We had a lot of penalties in the first half. We just didn’t play our brand of football, but we came back in the second half. We definitely knew how to answer it. We picked up our slack.”
Lawver picked up right where he left off early in the second half. On the Tigers’ first drive after the break, he scored on a 27-yard run to give Holy Family a 28-0 lead.
The Tigers’ next two touchdowns were set up by fumble recoveries deep in Skyview territory. Lawver scored on a 1-yard run with 5:03 left in the third and McNaughton scored on a 19-yard run with 3:10 remaining in the quarter.
Lawver finished with 128 rushing yards and McNaughton added another 118.
“They are a two-headed monster,” Gabriel said. “Jacob is really, really physical and Chase is a burner. We are blessed to have the two of them. We have a great running game, and I am proud of our kids for that.”
Holy Family’s last touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Dominic Gabriel with about five a half minutes to go in the game.