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Recent history has seen the Centauri Falcons knocking on the door of a championship, and the team finally took that final step last year when they toppled eternal powerhouse Limon 24-21 in the match. Class 1A State Championship in Pueblo.
After coming so close before, the Falcons have finally proven they can be top of their class.
“Last year was so special for us,” Deven Brady said at CHSAA’s media day last month. “It was the first Centauri ever had. It was a big deal for our community. Our whole town was going crazy when we came back.
Now the team faces a new challenge of winning another state title, fresh off of a historic season they’ve never seen before.
“I’ve talked to our leaders a lot about it,” head coach Kyle Forster said. “I told them what we did last year was great, but that was last year. What do you want your legacy to be now? »
This has been Centauri’s motivation in his quest to return to Pueblo this fall.
The Falcons got a strong senior class from last year’s championship team, but are returning a number of key players to various positions, starting with Brady, a second-year All-State team player. who played with football in the air and on the field while being a key player in the team’s secondary. A player Forster also highlighted as key this year was Blade Absmeier at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound lineman was a powerful force on both sides of the ball for the team.
“He’s a player we can build around,” Forster said. “He’s strong for us on the offensive and defensive line, and he’s been a great leader for us.”
One of the ways Centauri is helping its own cause this year is by starting with a strong non-conference schedule. After a solid win over Pagosa Springs, the Falcons played back-to-back road games against Florence (No. 7 ranked this week in Class 2A) and Buena Vista (No. 2 ranked this week in Class 1A). This Friday will mark the third consecutive week against a ranked opponent when Basalt, the No. 4 ranked team from Class 2A in this week’s poll, comes to town.
The Falcons aren’t down on themselves with their 1-2 start given the competition they faced early in the season. Instead, the team uses it as a way to measure where they are now and how to improve as the season progresses.
“It was a good test to play against good teams to see where you are,” said coach Forster. “We just played Buena Vista for a 6-point game at home. You really learn a lot playing this competition and we learned a lot about ourselves every week.