The Centauri Falcons won the 1A Southern Peaks Championship Friday at Falcon Field as they beat the Monte Vista Pirates 48-0. Using their explosive offense and stingy defense they dominated the game. On the year the Falcons offense has scored 348 points and the defense has allowed only 16 points in six games.
Mason Claunch scored the first points for the Falcons on a 65-yard run. Mckay Russell kicked the point after try (PAT). It was Russell’s turn to score next. He did it on a 35-yard field goal. 10-0 end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Claunch would strike again, this time from 10 yards out. Russell’s extra point made 17-0. The defense got the next score on a 47-yard pick-six by Zach Buhr for a 24-0 lead at half.
The Falcons scored 3 times in the third quarter. A 25-yard field goal by Russell. A 5 yard run by Claunch followed by a 53-yard punt return by Claunch. Russell was good on both PAT’S. 41-0 and the clock is running!
The defense scored the final points of the game in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard fumble return by Baron Holman. Russell kick cemented the 48-0 final score.
Centauri is one of two teams from the San Luis Valley to advance to a state tournament. Centauri will enter the Class 1A Playoffs as the number 6 seed. They will travel to Florence to battle the Huskies (5-0) Saturday. Florence is 21-3 in the regular season since having dropped down to 1A with postseason trips every year. The last time Centauri met Florence was a 28-20 game that came down to the fourth quarter Oct. 25, 2019. Gametime for Falcons Huskies is 1 pm.
Sanford will host their playoff game this year against a familar opponent in Mancos (3-1). The league foes did not face off in this year’s COVID-abridged season but Sanford dispatched the Blue Jays easily back in 2019 in a one-sided 52-24 meeting on October, 11 2019. Sanford and Mancos face off Saturday November 21 at 1:30 p.m.