PUEBLO — The Centauri Falcons ended a 4-year drought against Strasburg (1-3) Friday night at CSU-Pueblo beating them by a score of 48-3. It was a big win for the Falcons (4-0) as they remain perfect in pre-season play 4-0. The Falcons are ranked 2nd in class 1A.
The game started out as a defensive battle as neither team could move the ball. Centauri got their offense going on a 15 yard run by Mason Claunch. Following the spark from Claunch it was Byron Shawcroft to Devin Brady later in the drive scoring from 31 yards out. Kaleb Anderson hit the PAT to make it 7-0 with 7:12 to play in the first quarter.
Centauri got the ball back and moved it down to the 16-yard line. Shawcroft found Brady all alone in the end zone and Brady made an awesome one-handed catch for the score. Anderson kick 14-0. That’s how the first quarter would end.
Strasburg got on the scoreboard with a 37-yard field goal. Falcons answered back with a 37 yard Td run by Claunch, the extra point made it 21-3 with 6:09 to halftime.
The Falcon defense once again held and the fall season state championship runners-up punted. Claunch returned it 22 yards. Two connections between Shawcroft to Baron Holman were good for the fourth Falcon score of the day sending the boys to the break with a 28-3.
Centauri remained the lone team with any kind of momentum entering the third. A quick kick by Strasburg had the Falcons on their own 9-yard line. During the Falcon’s possession, Claunch reversed field on a run and went 91 yards for another Falcon score. Following the PAT Centauri led 35-3.
The defense not to be outshined also found the end zone chipping in a pick 6 from Coby Thomas who ran it back from 56 yards out. Kick blocked 41-3 and that’s how the third quarter would end.
The final quarter the Falcons moved the ball down deep in Strasburg’s territory. Then it was Shawcroft to Peyton Polzin from 7 yards out for the final score, triggering the mercy rule when the Falcons opened up a 45 point deficit. Centauri would go on to win by the same score, 48-3.
Centauri will be on the road this week as they travel to Bayfield. The game has been moved from Friday night to Saturday afternoon due to lack of officials. Game time is 3 pm.