Falcons drop fifth straight

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By Brian Forbes

Biblically speaking, scorpions inspired fear, both as the animal and when used to describe whips, which would sting and maim the flesh and sicken the victim.

The Front Range Christian Falcons got stung multiple times Oct. 24 as they lost a rough-and-tumble nonleague game 35-17 to the Dolores Huerta Scorpions.

And the Falcons felt plenty sick afterwards, especially after digesting a fourth quarter where they led 17-14 and saw just a few plays unfold with dramatic consequences

“A couple breaks, you know, just didn’t go our way,” Falcons coach Rob Harris said. “The guys fought hard. I’m very proud of them, very proud of the effort they’ve shown this year.

“Year’s past we just kind of fell apart when things didn’t go our way. We might not be getting the wins we think we should be getting, but they are fighting hard. They’re never quitting and we’re in every game.”

The Falcons (3-5) dropped their fifth straight game, one week after losing 21-20 at Class 1A Metro North League foe Nederland. The Pueblo-based Scorpions, who play in the competitive 2A Tri-Peaks League, snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 2-6.

The Falcons rallied from a 7-0 deficit with two quick touchdowns late in the second quarter. A 42-yard run by John Pontius set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Kyle Davis to tie the game, before Louis Cortes’ interception set up Matthew Chacon’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Alex Campbell.

The Scorpions tied the game at 14 late in the third quarter, but the Falcons answered with a 41-yard kickoff return by Davis to set up a 39-yard field goal by Daniel Clark with 11:15 remaining.

The jubilation was short lived.

The Scorpions answered behind quarterback Adrian Hernandez, who turned two runs over his right tackle into touchdowns – the first was negated by a penalty, the second was good for a 31-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-2.

The Falcons’ next drive stalled, and the Scorpions took control. A 43-yard punt return put the Scorpions on the Falcons’ 8, and they punched it in for a 5-yard score to go up 28-17.

The Falcons’ next drive ended in an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown.

“I credit Dolores Huerta; they made it happen for them,” Harris said.

Pontius headed up the Falcons’ eight-man backfield. The senior rushed for 63 yards, while Chacon ran for 27 and passed for 61. Jalen LeDoux-Hayes caught three passes for 43 yards.

The Falcons wrap up their regular season at 1 p.m. Oct. 31as they host the Denver Lutheran Lights (5-3).