The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Groke

A foot­ball sea­son can be a long slog, one bruis­ing bat­tle af­ter another. Satur­day un­folded much the same in the Class 4A cham­pi­onship game at Sports Au­thor­ity Field at Mile High. They clawed and plod­ded, with a 3-yard run here and a 5-yard pass there. It mul­ti­plied.

And a long, drawn-out drive to open the sec­ond half snow­balled Pine Creek to a pa­tient but dom­i­nant 36-14 vic­tory over Broom­field.

“It’s eye-open­ing,” Pine Creek se­nior Pete Isais said. “Two rock-solid foot­ball teams. And when it’s go­ing back and forth like that, you’re think­ing, ‘Oh wow.’ We just had to band to­gether.”

Even if Pine Creek’s 75-yard drive ended with only a field goal in the third quar­ter, the gates be­gan swing­ing open. It broke a half­time tie at 14. Three more scores quickly fol­lowed. And Pine Creek, a team that has dom­i­nated the Colorado Springs scene for four years, restarted its dy­nasty.

Pine Creek won its third state ti­tle since 2013. The Ea­gles (12-2) have won 49 of their past 52 games. An upset loss to Love­land in last sea­son’s 4A semi­fi­nals was the only hitch in a four-year run.

“Our kids never flinched,” Pine Creek

coach Todd Miller said.

Brock Do­mann’s pass to the flat con­nected with Peter Isais with nine min­utes re­main­ing and Isais jived around a Broom­field corner­back, then dived past the py­lon for a 17-yard touch­down. It put Pine Creek ahead 23-14. A 32-yard touch­down sprint from Thomas Dant­zler three min­utes later put Pine Creek ahead by 15. And Do­mann’s 60-yard quar­ter­back dash for a score with 2:30 re­main­ing was an ex­cla­ma­tion point.

David Moore III churned out a game-high 196 yards rush­ing on 26 car­ries to lead Pine Creek, in- clud­ing a 73-yard scor­ing run in the sec­ond quar­ter. Do­mann threw for 108 yards and two touch­downs and ran for 76 yards and another score.

But Pine Creek’s ti­tle trek was never pre­de­ter­mined. In the first quar­ter, Pine Creek drove to about two feet from Broom­field’s goal line. But in four plays, Pine Creek got stuffed. Broom­field’s de­fense held strong, with Jaxon Pal­lone and Ma­son Keeler stop­ping a fi­nal Pine Creek dive try on fourth down.

Broom­field got a 7-yard touch­down run from Jalon Tor­res and a looper of a 29-yard pass down the right side from Steven Croell to Keeler in the sec­ond quar­ter that helped keep the game even at half­time. Croell led Broom­field with 152 yards pass­ing on 10-of-18 com­ple­tions.

Broom­field (11-3), be­hind firstyear coach Blair Hub­bard, was look­ing to restart its own legacy. Broom­field won three 3A ti­tles in the 1980s, but is ti­tle-less since 1984. And Hub­bard ar­rived af­ter help­ing 2A Faith Chris­tian to three cham­pi­onships.

“All year long we’ve had close games at half­time and we’ve been able to come out and play well,” Hub­bard said. “Just a few things we didn’t con­vert on in the sec­ond half. Against a solid team across the board in Pine Creek, if you don’t take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties when you have them, those things come back to bite you.” Nick Groke: ngroke@den­ver­post.com or @nick­groke

Pine Creek quar­ter­back Brock Do­mann cel­e­brates af­ter beat­ing Broom­field for the 4A state cham­pi­onship. Joe Amon, The Den­ver Post

Pine Creek re­ceiver Peter Isais dives into the end zone to stretch the Ea­gles’ lead to 23-14 over Broom­field in the fourth quar­ter of the Class 4A state cham­pi­onship game Satur­day in Den­ver. Pine Creek claimed the ti­tle with a 36-14 vic­tory. Joe Amon, The Den­ver Post

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