‘Birds frustrate big, bad Sabercats! Sexton, Murphy lead team to 7-0 mark

By Pete Mohr | October 21, 2009

Blocked extra point is difference in last-minute thriller!

“O” LINE (l-r) Saul Monteon, Joey Hughes, Kyle Ledesma, Tyler Souva, Andrew Miller paved the way for 220 yards rushing in the Falcons’ three touchdown drives.
Photos by Pete Mohr

SCOTTSDALE – “Block that kick! Block that kick!” urged Cheer and Pom, with Falcon fans responding as one! And with only 0:39 remaining in regulation, Falcs up by one point, 21-20, Quad-Captain Tommy Murphy saved the biggest win of the season by denying the ‘Cats P.A.T. with a leaping block off his left forearm!
Postgame, Murphy, the most modest of young men, to Sonoran News: “Tyler (Souva) and I put on a big rush up the middle. Their center sort of got under me, so I leaped as high as I could. It looked like the ball was kicked a little low. I saw that I had a good shot at it and was able to block it off my left forearm. If I hadn’t blocked it, I believe Tyler would have.” Murphy’s block, for sure, will go down in Falcon Football history!
The Falcs gashed the “three-peat” State Champs for 220 yards rushing, with Quad-Captain Zack Sexton blasting for all three CSHS touchdowns. His night’s work? Twenty carries for 120 yards. Quarterback Dillon Classen threw only ten passes, but flawlessly directed the Falcon ground attack.
The one-point thriller puts the HomeBirds (2-0 Region, 7-0) in the driver’s seat to win D-Sky – and finish the regular season a perfect 10-0. (1-6 ) Sunny slope [Oct. 23], (5-2) Queen Creek [Oct. 30] and (3-4) McClintock [Nov. 6], all coming to Falcon Stadium, stand in their way. Watch out, ‘Birds! Three hungry teams, each lickin’ their chops to hand the “Cake-Eaters” (as CSHS is derisively known in some quarters) their first defeat.
Posted in the Falcons’ home locker room are Coach D.’s easel exhortations saved from the August 15 team-bonding Saturday: “Have fun! Fill the Seats! Protect the ‘Nest’!” Fans, “Crow” is “going all in” that the Falcs are gonna do just that, starting with a 48-14 blow-out of ‘Slope, recently fallen on hard times. Be in the West Stands Friday evening to give these ‘Birds a “Falcon Pride” welcome home!

“D” GUYS (back, l-r) Cody Wendel, Alex Yazdi, Ashton Elletson, Parker LaRue, Hughes; (foreground) Souva, Jake Krum limited the high-powered Sabercats to only six possessions.

FalcFin seniors to Regionals!

It ain’t easy to be a Falcon swimmer or diver! They practice at their “home” pool, Cactus Park, some 20+ miles from CSHS, 6:30 and 9 p.m. rides by CCUSD bus. Homework often consumes most of the return trip. But Head Coach Eric Neibch’s eight seniors, readying for Oct. 23-24 Regionals at McClintock, smiled for Sonoran News. (Front, l-r) Boys Dive Captain Brandon Decker, Ariel Rosenthal, Boys Swim Captain Nick Rudgear; (back, l-r) Jackie Prochut, Heather Higley, Lizzie Wright, Marco Pecic, Monica Gustafson. Some day, “Coach Eric,” a pool closer to “home?”
~ Pete Mohr