Lions, Kirchner run over Trojans

Posted 10/12/08

Homecoming is always a big event, and on this night the Littleton High School football team obliged with big plays. The host Lions scored four …

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Lions, Kirchner run over Trojans


Homecoming is always a big event, and on this night the Littleton High School football team obliged with big plays.

The host Lions scored four touchdowns during the first 12 minutes of play and went on to rout Thornton, 49-14 in a North Metro League game Oct. 10 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.

Jessen Kirchner led the way for the Lions’ offense, getting 17 carries for 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 79-yard outburst that put Littleton up 28-0 in the opening quarter.

“If we didn’t put up that many points I would have been disappointed. We have that type of offense,” Kirchner said. “I have to give credit to the line tonight. Our line showed up to play; I just read the holes and ended up with a good game.”

All told, Littleton (4-0 North Metro, 7-0 overall) gained nearly 500 yards of total offense with 396 coming on the ground. In addition to Kirchner, David Yang had 10 carries for 51 yards, all during the second half, while Ryan Ezzedine had 36 yards on six carries – four of which went for touchdowns.

“We’ve got pretty good team speed. Thornton plays hard, but we just had more speed on the field than they did and that was a difference early,” head coach Chad Koepke said. “That’s what we do; we try to use our speed.”

It was evident from the start as Kirchner took the first play from scrimmage for 30 yards. Four plays later, the Lions were in the end zone on a seven-yard run by Ezzedine.

Two minutes after its initial score, Littleton had regained possession and struck quickly. On third and 16 from his own 15 yard line, quarterback Blake Buder used a play action fake to perfection, freezing the defense long enough to find Noah Gaumer wide open on the right side. Gaumer hauled in the pass and then jaunted into the end zone for an 85-yard, putting the Lions up 12-0 with 6:35 on the clock.

It was 20-0 two minutes after that. The Lions started at the Thornton 47 following an interference penalty during a punt and needed just two plays to find paydirt. Kirchner received both carries, first going for 29 yards and then scoring on an 18-yard run. He also converted the two-point attempt.

Kirchner was the lead man again during Littleton’s final possession of the first quarter, breaking a 79-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Gaumer then ran in for two points on a faked extra point attempt, making it 28-0.

An interception by Alex Keiderling set up Littleton’s fifth touchdown. Keiderling snagged the ball just over midfield and returned it all the way to Thornton’s eight yard line. The ball then went to Ezzedine, who immediately scored for a 35-0 advantage after the extra point.

Ezzedine made it 42-0 with 4:08 remaining in the half, scoring on a two-yard plunge to cap a 10-play, 83-yard drive.

Littleton’s final touchdown came with 8:05 left in the third quarter, again by Ezzedine on another two-yard burst.

Ezzedine nearly had five touchdowns for the night, but a 28-yard scamper late in the first half was called back because of holding.

Thornton (1-3, 3-4) broke the shutout with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter on a 46-yard pass from Joe Trujillo to Eddie Macias. The Trojans scored again with 9:30 showing in the fourth quarter, this time on a 22-yard return of a blocked punt by Akeem Norris.

David Yang, a junior, had 10 carries for 64 yards during the second half.


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