Reginald Williams returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown Friday night helping Broadmoor High School hold off St. Michael the Archangel 28-14 in a District 6-4A game at Broadmoor.
St. Michael had a third-and-goal early in the third quarter when Williams made the interception seven yards deep in the end zone. With open field ahead, Williams sprinted up the sideline to give Broadmoor (6-4, 4-2) a 20-7 lead.
St. Michael (7-3, 3-3) got one score back on Brandon Fields’ 27-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Christian Frey, but could get no closer. The Warriors drove inside the BHS 30 with less than three minutes remaining, but were stopped on downs.
“We played with a lot of heart tonight,” Broadmoor coach Rusty Price said. “We had a lot of things go wrong that we could have succumbed to. These guys fought hard and battled through it. I’m really proud of them.”
Thomas led all rushers with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. All totaled, Broadmoor had 342 yards including 286 rushing and 21 first downs.
St. Michael didn’t make a first down until the third quarter, and relied on the arm of Fields, who finished 10-of-22 for 171 yards with one interception. J.T. Mauldin led SMHS with 56 yards rushing.
“We had (12) plays in the first half. That’s a great job by them,” St. Michael coach Eric Held said. “When the game started, they wanted it more than us. We’re a better team than that, but we weren’t ready to seize the opportunity to win an eighth game and play at home (in the playoffs).”
Broadmoor dominated first-half play, but only took a 14-7 lead into the locker room despite holding St. Michael to 12 yards of total offense.
Each team had four first-half possessions, but while Broadmoor moved almost at will between the 20s, St. Michael had four punts and no first downs.
On its opening series, Broadmoor moved from its 28 to a first-and-goal at the SMHS 7. Thomas carried five times for 29 yards, but Broadmoor stalled near the goal line.
Rogers was stopped short of the goal on third down, and he mishandled the snap and was tackled for no gain on fourth.
Broadmoor drove 55 yards late in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The key play was a pass interference call on St. Michael on fourth-and-3 at the SMHS 38. The play was set up when Rogers took a direct snap from punt formation.
Three plays later, Thomas bulled into the end zone from 7 yards out. Rogers’ inside keeper was good for two points, and BHS led 8-0 as the first quarter ended. Broadmoor drove to the SMHS 25 early in the second, but a Thomas fumble ended the threat.
After forcing a punt, Broadmoor moved 56 yards in eight plays to push its lead to 14-0 just before halftime. Rogers sparked the drive with completions of 21 and 23 yards. He finished the drive with a 5-yard scramble for the score.
St. Michael’s lone first-half highlight came on C.J. Okpalobi’s 87-yard kickoff return just before halftime.