Sep 1, 2012 1:23 AM by Andy Koen
WIDEFIELD - Falcon High School capitalized on a trio of second quarter fumbles to run away with a season opening win at Widefield 42-7 Friday night. Both schools are considered power houses in the 4A Pikes Peak Division after each made the post season in 2011 and have a strong core of returning starters.
Trailing 22-0 in the third quarter, the Gladiators gave up back-to-back fumbles giving Falcon the advantage of a shortened field.
After the first fumble, Quarterback Adam Montelongo tossed a quick pass to junior running back Kalen Ballage in the flat for a 32 yard score. Two plays later, Montelongo hit wide receiver Eric Robinson in stride to push the score to 34.
The Widefield offense shook off their mistakes in a 60 plus yard drive supported by a series of quick passes from quarterback Mario Sanabria to his brother Eugene. Senior running back Marquis Coddington capped off the drive by punching through a goal line touchdown run.
The Gladiators defense forced Falcon to punt on the next drive and Widefield seemed poised to stage a 4th quarter comeback. But somehow the exchange on a pitch from Sanabria to running back DQ Baker missed in the red zone. Falcon linebacker Dylan Cutkomp scooped up the ball and sprinted untouched 94 yards for the score.