Falcons get physical in Peyton over the weekend

Centauri senior Taj Cornum (28) takes the hand off and begins scanning for running room. Cornum's touchdown in the second quarter tied the game for the Falcons. (Courier photo by Stephen Jiron)

PEYTON — Falcon football took their painful brand of football north to face the Peyton Panthers. The previously undefeated Panthers fell on the gridiron in their afternoon game against Centauri to the tune of a 10-7 defeat.

Thanks to fast learning and suffocating Centauri defense, Peyton’s main weapon J.D. Hart was kept to a meager 17 total yards. Peyton elected to field Hart as the QB in an option offense in the hopes that the possibility of speed tossing to speed would be too much for the Falcons to bear. And in the home team’s defense at first it appeared it might be.

Junior Colton Murry put Peyton on the board first with a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Once the Falcons keyed in on Peyton's one dimension, Centauri took over. The Falcons got disciplined; assignments on option plays were followed strictly to punishing results. With the Panthers offense in check Centauri began to work the defense.

Falcon senior Taj Cornum broke loose late in the first and early in the second he’d punch in the equalizer. The game went to the half all tied up. In the third quarter Centauri went back to work and landed the deciding blow kicking a field goal to lift them above the host Panthers.

The win advances Centauri to the semifinals this weekend affording the Falcons a rare opportunity. In last year’s title match-up, the Falcons fought hard and still went to double-overtime with Strasburg before falling by a score of 10-7. This Saturday at 1 p.m. the Falcons will get a rematch at Centauri High football field with the defending state champions.


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