Falcons dole out punishment on sunny afternoon

Centauri’s Mason Claunch (21) clears a path for fellow falcon runner Taj Cornum (28) in the second quarter of Friday’s regular-season closer. Cornum collected three touchdowns in the win.

LA JARA — Friday’s football unfolded pretty well as expected when No. 34 Ignacio came to town for an afternoon contest. Centauri posted all of their points in the first half, dominating for a 53-21 finish to close the regular season.

2019 has been a culmination of hard work and determination, Centauri (8-1) has put that work on paper staying undefeated within their class, sweeping the league (4-0) and taking big games against Florence (8-1) and Buena Vista (6-3). Centauri will represent the 1A Southern Peaks League in the state championship playoffs.

The Falcons set the tone for the game right away Friday afternoon. Sophomore Baron Holman took the opening kickoff an unofficial 79 yards to the house to put the home team up 7-0. From there it was a relentless barrage from the Falcons.

In a matter of 10 minutes, Centauri would recover their own kick, log two fumble recoveries and five touchdowns for 32 points.

And then the second quarter began.

At the start of two, the Falcons led 39-0. Following the second Ignacio punt of the day, it was Centauri ball on the home 45-yard line.  A Taj Cornum run combined with a horse collar foul flipped the field putting Centauri in striking distance at the Bobcat 24. Two plays later Cornum finished the drive scoring his second touchdown of the day, a 4 yarder, with a little more than 9 minutes remaining in the second quarter. The touchdown forced a running clock, the point after attempt made it 46-0.

The Falcons began subbing in reserves before the half, that didn’t stop Mason Claunch from getting the ball back for his offense with an interception. The next play Cornum weaved his way for his third score of the game, the extra point lifted the Falcons to 53-0, which became the halftime score.

Coming back from the half Centauri’s reserves took the helm allowing 21 points to the Bobcats, 14 points off turnovers thanks to three Falcon fumbles. Centauri will await seeding and the announcement of their first-round opponent in the State Championship.

Elsewhere in 1A/2A Monte Vista was facing No. 11 Buena Vista. Alamosa was on the bubble looking to take the Intermountain League title. Monte Vista  couldn’t overcome the Demons falling 27-15. On the road the Mean Moose watched a 14-7 deficit grow to a 33-22 final with the Pirates taking the League Title and earning a post season spot.

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