Buena Vista suffered their first loss of the season in a non-conference home game with the Centauri Falcons. The veteran and skilled Falcon group proved to be too much for the young Demons as they rolled to 37-0 road win.
Centauri has made deep playoff runs in Class 1A the past two seasons and are primed to do so again.
The Falcons got themselves in good field position when standout sophomore Mason Claunch ran 37 yards on their first play from scrimmage.
The Demon defense was not about to give in easy. They held the Centauri offense out of the end zone and forced a 30-yard field goal attempt by McKay Russell. He split the uprights and the Falcons went up 3-0 with 8:29 remaining in the first.
Zach Burr snuck in on third down with a 15-yard run and the kick had Centauri up 10-0.
Buena Vista got the offense going on its next possession and closed the gap to 10-6 when Luke Reavis caught a Kik Molitor pass for a touchdown. After the cheers quieted everyone realized that the Demons were flagged for a misalignment and the points came off the board.
The Falcon defense held on fourth down and they took possession.
Claunch quickly followed with a big 62-yard scamper with 8:29 left in the half for a 17-0 lead.
The Demons turned the ball over on downs near midfield with less than 2 minutes left in the half and the Falcons capitalized with another score before half on an Eric Maez to Byron Shawcroft pass for a 24-0 Centauri lead.
The third quarter was played scoreless, but the bigger Falcon team wore the battling Demons down when they put up 13 more points in the final stanza.
With the Falcons shutting down many of the offensive weapons that had been successful over the first three games of the season, the Demons found success in some other places.
Kaden McFee had a big night running the ball from the fullback position. On the night he had 15 carries for 63 yards.
He completed many of those runs bowling over the Centauri defender.
“Centauri is a very good football team,” Demons coach Matt Flavin said. “I know we got handled, but I think it was good to face them before we play teams like CSCS and Florence in our conference games.”
Buena Vista will open Tri-Peaks Conference play at St. Mary’s Friday 4 at 7 p.m.
“I think we realized we need to calm our nerves a little and play like we can. We have a great bunch of kids and a good coaching staff. We will get it figured out and get better,” said Flavin.