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Physical Falcons stump Pirates for Southern Peaks title

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013

Courier photo by Keith R. Cerny Centauri senior running back Jason Buhr breaks out of a jam aided by teammates Devon Chacon (77) and Jareb Aziz (20) in Saturday’s 14-0 victory over rival Monte Vista

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LA JARA– Saturday afternoon sun shown rather than Friday night lights, but a standing room only crowd enjoyed a classic battle between two of Class 1A’s top 10 teams here in near perfect football weather.

The physical Centauri Falcons jumped on the rival Monte Vista Pirates early and endured the ensuing defensive battle to win 14-0, and capture the Southern Peaks League title, lost to the Pirates a year ago. Both San Luis Valley stalwarts earned first round home tests in this weekend’s state playoffs.

Third-seeded Centauri will host 14th seeded Wray and fifth seeded Monte Vista will be home with 12th seeded Cedaredge. Game times are both set for 1 p.m.. Top-ranked and undefeated Buena Vista, coached by Sanford native Matt Flavin, will host Front Range Christian.

In Saturday’s SPL championship game, Centauri dominated the first half offensively and scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters to take a 14-0 lead they wouldn’t relinquish, physically dominating the visiting Pirates. Falcons coach Kyle Forster got the traditional water cooler bath at game’s end, signifying one of the biggest CHS victories ever.

“We’re a team,” said Falcon 6-3 junior quarterback K.C. Jarvies, who passed for 73 yards and rushed for another 67. “There’s no I’s or me’s in team.”

The Falcons opening 11-play drive stalled after a fourth-down incomplete pass. However, the CHS defense stopped the Pirates with a three-and-out, and the Falcons were back in business on their own 49 at the 6:08 mark of the first period.

Eight plays later Jarvies hooked up with senior Clay McCarroll from 21-yards out to put what would have been all the points the Falcons would need to win. Sophomore Chris Martin inched the PAT kick over the bar to make it 7-0 with 2:41 left.

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