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RAMSEY: Falcon shows its offensive might in 42-7 rout of Widefield
Falcon made a loud announcement of its possible power Friday night with a 42-7 pounding of host Widefield. This was, on one level, a surprise. Widefield’s Gladiators are experienced, talented and coming off a 9-2 finish last season.
But it was no surprise if you had examined Falcon’s roster, which is jammed with talent at the skill positions.
Falcon, 7-4 last season, is hardly lacking in ambition. A few minutes after the dazzling win, coach Trevor Hudson stood in front of his kneeling players and shouted, “Imagine when we get firing on all cylinders! Good job! But we got more!”
Big words, but Hudson’s roster has the talent to back up those words. When quarterback Adam Montelongo retreats into the pocket, he can look to a wide variety of fast, elusive targets.
Hudson laughed as considered his wealth of big-play talent.
“We got more weapons than the U.S. Army, man.”
Widefield found out the truth of those words. Montelongo completed four of his first 11 passes, which doesn’t sound impressive, but all four of those completions were for touchdowns. He found Eric Robinson (twice), Brodie Hicks and Kalen Ballage for scores.
Widefield did not help its cause. The Gladiators were extremely generous, handing the Falcons two interceptions and three lost fumbles.
When the game began, the stands at Widefield were packed with hopeful fans. The stands remained packed through the fourth quarter, but the hope had vanished by the time Falcon’s Dylan Cutkomp sprinted 86 yards to a touchdown with a fumble return.
During the summer, Falcon players wore shirts that announced, “State or bust.” After Friday’s rout, those words do not seem empty. This is a dangerous team.
Ballage, one of the state’s most promising juniors, leads this collection of talent. He’s fast, shifty, properly violent and competes on virtually every play, serving as a running back, linebacker and special teams player. Hudson says Ballage begs him to remain in the field of play.
“Every play, every single play,” Ballage said.
Well, not every play. He does sit out extra points.
“I would love to be out there, but I have to have one play off,” he said, laughing.
Ballage, who is interested in playing for Boise State, sees his team with the same ferocious optimism as his coach. He’s hoping for everything the state of Colorado can offer.
“There are no limits to what we can do,” Ballage said. “We can be so great. I don’t think anyone can fathom how great we can be.”
Hate to argue with you, Kalen, but Widefield has a pretty good idea.