St. Michael’s defense stopped Broadmoor’s three passes to the end zone from the 20-yard line in the final minute and the Warriors improved to 7-0 for the first time in school history.
St. Michael scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to rally for a 19-12 victory over the Bucs on Thursday night during Broadmoor’s homecoming.
St. Michael’s defense has given up just 64 points this season and held five foes to 10 or fewer points. The Warriors beat Lutcher 18-8 last week for the first time in school history.
“It feels awesome,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said of starting 7-0. “We started off flat. We were able to make enough plays on offense and in the kicking game to be able to win.
“Broadmoor won the battle of the trenches early on. In the second half we did a better job on both sides of the line.”
Broadmoor’s Brodrick Dellihue scored on a 50-yard run with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 19-12. Broadmoor (2-5) failed to convert both two-point conversion passes.
The Bucs had two long fourth-quarter drives that ended at the St. Michael 19- and 20-yard lines, respectively. The first series ended when Dellihue’s halfback pass intended for Brian Smith fell incomplete with 7:56 remaining.
The second series ended with three incompletions to the end zone with 20 seconds left.
St. Michael inserted offensive starters Matthew Butler and C.J. McGarner as safeties and both made good plays on the ball.
“They’re both good coverage guys and were three-year starters on defense,” Varnado said.
St. Michael had four turnovers, including an interception on the first play from scrimmage. Nicholas Henderson intercepted St. Michael quarterback Jeffrey Vaccaro to set up a five-play, 21-yard drive. Henry Williams scored on a 2-yard run for a 6-0 Broadmoor lead with 10:01 remaining in the first quarter.
St. Michael’s first three series ended with turnovers. Broadmoor had two turnovers and a safety in the first half.
When the snap sailed well over the head of punter Gregory Ramirez and rolled out of the end zone, St. Michael gladly took the safety and cut the deficit to 6-2 with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Warriors scored on their next two series, driving 55 and 59 yards, both in eight plays. Vaccaro scored on a 10-yard run and Logan Knox added a 2-yard run.
Jordan Dudley had a first-half interception for St. Michael. Rich Bolden had two interceptions for Broadmoor.
“We fought hard, but we made too many mistakes,” Broadmoor co-coach Elliott Wilkins said. “I was proud that we had an opportunity to win in the final minute. We’ve got to keep working to get better.”
Dellihue rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries. Henry Williams added 73 yards on 12 carries for the Bucs. Butler rushed 19 times for 57 yards and Vaccaro 13 times for 70 yards for the Warriors. McGarner had four catches for 60 yards.
St. Michael’s A.J. Fletcher kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter and also had three sacks as middle linebacker.