According to Pagosa Springs Pirates Head Coach Olin Garrison the 46-6 defeat handed to them Friday night by the Centauri Falcons at Golden Peaks football field could be summed up with just that one word — terrible.
“We looked pretty good in our scrimmage last week in Ignacio,” Garrison said, “but we didn’t look good this week.”
The coach pointed to two main factors contributing to the unexpected loss: turnovers and missed blocks.
Holding on to the ball was the main issue.
“We probably gave away four or five touchdowns because of turnovers,” said the coach. “ We would turn over the ball and they would get it and run it all the way in for a touchdown.”
“It’s a young team,” assistant coach Ryan Davis said. He explained this is quarterback Dean Scott’s first year as the starter in that position, and he is only a junior. Out of 12 attempted passes he had four completions for 56 yards, but he also had five interceptions. “It was a rough day for him. It’s hard to win a game with eight turnovers, five interceptions and three fumbles,” said Davis.
“We missed a lot of blocking assignments,” Garrison confessed. “Our blocking was not very good, and blocking is normally one of our strong suits.”
“We have to work a lot better up front,” Davis said, “on the line. That’s where the running game starts. There are no upper classmen on the offensive line. They’re all juniors, sophomores and even freshmen. That’s what we were hoping would be our strong point this year, because they were all coming back from last year. But they got a rude awakening.”
The game went scoreless through the first quarter, but Centauri began to dominate during the second quarter, scoring 26 points and holding the Pirates at zero.
After the half, the Pirates began to rally and scored six points in the third quarter, but they still couldn’t hold back the Falcons, who managed to get a touchdown and extra point. The last quarter saw the Falcons earning 13 points and holding the Pirates scoreless again.
Senior Clay Ross, who plays tight end, running back and defensive end, “had an off game,” according to Davis. “He was up and down.” He did score the only touchdown for the Pirates, running it in from two yards out after the defense blocked a Falcon punt. He had 68 yards in 10 carries total.
The Falcon offense was nearly unstoppable, moving the ball a total of 315 yards, 155 on the ground and 160 in the air. On defense they had four sacks and forced eight turnovers.
The Pirates need to re-group, recover and get their act back together before their game Friday in Alamosa, which will be played at 4 p. m. instead of 7 because the Alamosa field doesn’t have lights.
“This week against Alamosa we should bounce back and do just fine,” Davis said. “The kids took last week’s defeat pretty hard, so they’ve been focused all week, despite the fact that they haven’t been able to practice because of what’s going on downtown.”
Davis was referring to the police standoff with an armed motorist on Hot Springs Boulevard in downtown Pagosa, which had all schools on lockout Tuesday and classes cancelled Wednesday (see related story).