Despite heavy rains early in the day, the skies cleared early Saturday afternoon, just in time for the opening kickoff between Paonia and visiting Centauri. And while the sun kept shining, the afternoon wasn't so bright for the Eagles, as the visiting Falcons (2-1, 0-0, 1A Southern Peaks Conference) wasted no time in establishing themselves as the dominant team.
On their first two possessions, Falcons quarterback KC Jarvies connected with Clay McCarroll for touchdowns, beginning with a 48-yard pass play on the game's opening possession.
The Eagles answered with a 50-yard scoring drive, ending with Taylor Walters following lineman Jared Byrge through the Falcon defensive line for the score.
The Falcons roared back, and on third-and-17 from the Paonia 42 yard line, McCarroll caught a long pass from Jarvies for the touchdown, and a second PAT by Devon Chacon gave Centauri a 14-7 lead.
Before the half ended, tight end Joel Simianer, who was called for a helmet-to-helmet infraction, was sidelined on the play with a shoulder injury. Paonia was already missing running backs Gunnar Chesnik, who was suspended for a game, Tyler Jackson, who is out with a knee injury, and wide receiver Travis Voight.
Centauri opened the second period with an 80-yard punt return for six by Jason Buhr; Chacon's third PAT attempt was blocked by Tony Darling.
With seconds remaining in the first half and on fourth-and-long, Walters, the safety, deflected a Jarvies pass in the end zone.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the game, Walters connected on a 22-yard pass play to Logan Schopp for the score. With 9:41 remaining, Colby Simpson's PAT put a Paonia win within reach.
Centauri padded the lead, with Jarvis connecting on a 4-yard pass play to Shane Wilson, and Paonia was unable to recover.
Paonia (2-1, 0-0 WSC) heads to Dolores (0-2, 0-0, SPC) this Friday. The Bears are coming off of a 42-0 loss at Cedaredge. The Eagles open league play on Sept. 27 at Roaring Fork. Their next home game will be on Oct. 10, against Meeker.blog comments powered by Disqus