Falcons remain undefeated
Football: Falcons down Ernest Manning Griffins
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 06:00 am
It was all a matter of balance for the Foothills Falcons.
The Falcons had three rushing touchdowns and three by air in their 42-31 victory over the Ernest Manning Griffins Sept. 16 in Calgary.
“We had pretty good control of the game — we were never down,” said Falcons head coach Darren Olson.
“Our offence really functioned well tonight, with the no-huddle stuff working, (quarterback) Hunter Karl making the right reads, and our receivers running their routes tonight, it was easily our best performance of the year offensively by far.”
Karl used his legs and his arms in the Falcons attack.
He had a pair of rushing majors as well as threw for three touchdowns.
T.J. Tighe, Garrett Young and Rory Forrester were on the receiving end of Karl’s touchdown passes.
Speedy running back Josh Koshman had a 20-yard touchdown scamper to go with his 105 yards rushing.
“I didn’t count ’em,” Koshman said with a laugh when told how many yards he grinded out.
“All that matters is we won. I just did the best I could and our offensive line really played well today.”
The Falcons’ o-line opened up holes for Koshman, despite an injury to one of their top lineman.
“We had one of our warriors go down, Lane Coonfer, and we had one of the rookies Dylan Cashion, step up and take his position — he did a great job,” Koshman said.
“I had a great day today, but it’s only because the offensive line had a great day.”
Koshman said while the Falcons were running on all cylinders against Manning, he thinks they are capable of kicking it into overdrive in the future.
“We are still trying to figure out what we are and what we are capable of because it is early in the season,” Koshman said. “But it is really looking good for us right now.
“And Hunter is really playing fantastic. He’s a great leader.”
Olson said the defence played okay, despite the fact it gave up 31 points.
“This was the best quarterback we faced all year and Manning had two good receivers,” Olson said. “I thought our front seven played pretty well. It was Manning’s passing game that hurt us… They were a real good test for us and let us know where we have to improve.”
Two of the Griffins’ TDs came on long passes of more than 75 yards.
The Falcons remained undefeated with a 3-0 record and are currently ranked third in the province among Tier II schools. Tier II is between 750 and 1,250 in enrolment.
“Manning is a big school and they just beat Lord Beaverbrook, so this was a big win for us,” Olson said.
The Falcons played the Highwood Mustangs last night (Sept. 17) at Foothills but results were too late for the Western Wheel’s publication deadline.
Foothills hosts the Crescent Heights Cowboys from Calgary Saturday at Falcon Field. Kick-off is at noon in Okotoks. The Falcons will play their cross-town rivals the Holy Trinity Academy Knights Sept. 27 at Foothills.