LAFAYETTE, Colo. — There's nothing like a rivalry game to welcome back football.
After finishing runner-up in Class 4A a year ago, Broomfield returned to the field for a clash with Monarch on Friday night at Centaurus High School.
The Eagles kicked things off with a victory, but it wasn't given as the Coyotes battled back in the 27-20 Broomfield victory.
"They just kept hanging in there," said sophomore quarterback Cole LaCrue. "Just crazy. I thought we had them put away but they kept coming back. But we got the job done."
LaCrue rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more, including a 70-yard bomb to Josh Dunn in the fourth quarter.
Cole Carlucci rushed for two touchdowns for Monarch, while Jackson Petitte ran for one.
Broomfield (1-0), which is ranked No. 2 in 4A in the CHSAAnow preseason rankings, will play its first home game next Friday night when the Eagles host Brighton (1-0).
Monarch (0-1) will travel to Longmont for a road game Thursday night.
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