Trailing by 14 points entering halftime Friday night at Central, Broadmoor co-coach Elliot Wilkins said he told his players the Buccaneers would outscore their District 4-5A rival 15-0 over the final 24 minutes.
The Bucs were even better than Wilkins predicted.
Broadmoor reeled off 26 unanswered points in the second half of a 34-22 win, combining the running of Brodrick Dellihue and Henry Williams with a suddenly stingy defense to help snap a three-game losing streak.
“I told them we were going to win the game 15-0 in the second half,” said Wilkins, who shares head coaching duties with Rusty Price. “We ended up winning 26-0.”
Following a punt on its opening possession of the second half, Broadmoor (3-5, 2-2 in 4-5A) scored touchdowns on each of its final four and finished with 301 yards rushing. Dellihue had 147 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries after gaining just seven yards on five tries in the first half. Williams finished with 100 yards on 12 carries and also scored twice.
Until driving the length of the field in the game’s final minute, Central (2-6, 0-3) managed only three first downs over the final two quarters.
“It’s just one of those things that happens when you keep fighting,” Wilkins said.
Central, which entered 2014 having won six straight district championships, lost for the sixth straight time following a 2-0 start.
“We knew going into the year after winning six in a row that everybody circled us on the calendar,” Central coach Sid Edwards said. “It’s very unfortunate. I love my kids, but I feel for them. It’s been a tough go of it.”
Quarterback Tyler Sansone threw for 143 yards and completed two touchdown passes in the first half. Running back Leo Brownfield rushed for 81 first-half yards and scored on an 18-yard run.
Broadmoor got its only points of the first half when Central faked a punt near midfield, resulting in a Sansone interception that Rich Bolden returned 50 yards.
Even after Dellihue broke off a 37-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, Central appeared to be in control when Sansone led the Wildcats to a first-and-10 at the Broadmoor 20. But the Broadmoor defense stiffened to keep Central from building on a 22-14 lead, and the Bucs then put together an eight-play drive to pull within 22-20.
Broadmoor took its first lead on a 47-yard TD run by Dellihue with 8:10 to play.
Broadmoor was trying to milk the clock when Williams broke off a 52-yard run, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Williams with 1:35 left.
Central threatened to close the gap before an interception by Stanton Dickerson deep in Broadmoor territory sealed the win.
“I just thought they were more physical in the second half,” Edwards said. “They got after us.”