4th Quarter rally sparks 28-21 win over Goldwater; Falcons host Horizon Huskies, Thursday night, Oct. 6

Kinsler-to-Cozen 34-yard key reception sets up ‘Birds for Bryan Lynn’s winning TD with two minutes left to play!

If, indeed, “A picture’s worth a thousand words!,” try on the accompanying three
photos. “The Komeback Kids” did it again, Friday night, Sept. 30, scoring 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to overhaul the visiting Goldwater Bulldogs, 28-21.

“Game Ball” pose. Senior fullback Bryan Lynn (r.) rammed over from the Goldwater two-yard line with 1:50 left in the game. Lynn was awarded the “O” game ball by Head Coach Greg Davis, but was assured by this photographer that the “O” line would be credited with the blocks that sprung him, standing up, into the South end zone: #79 Nate Covert, #75 Landon Weaver, #50 Saul Monteon, #74 Colby Brown, #62 Kyle Hajek, #71 Dylan Hasse and #79 Nate Covert. Only one Falcon could’ve made the game-clinching interception,  #14 junior defensive back Liam Morales, good for the “D” game ball. Congratulations, guys! Photo by Pete Mohr

He can block – and sing! Junior offensive lineman Kyle Hajek (#62) robustly leads his teammates in the postgame tradition of singing the CSHS fight song in front of the West Stands after a Falcon victory. Here’s wishing Hajek and friends an encore Thursday night! Photo by Pete Mohr

The Falcon Air Corps’ winning flights! Senior Connor Cozen (l.) changed the game’s momentum with a 70-yard catch-and-run that knotted the score, 21-21,
early in the 4th quarter. With only 27 seconds left in the 1st half, Cozen had scored his first TD of the night on a 23-yard pass from Kinsler (c.). Junior receiver Matt Harlen (r.) got the first Falcon six, hauling in an 18-yard toss from Kinsler. Cozen’s leaping grab of a 30-yard Kinsler pass at the Bulldog three-yard line set up senior Brian Lynn’s lifetime memory, a two-yard plunge for his team’s winning touchdown.
Photo by Pete Mohr

Playing this Thursday night in respect of Yom Kippur,  the Jewish high Holy Day,
The Falcons, now 2-4, will try to win their third consecutive game by besting the
visiting “Huskies” from Horizon High School. Thursday night, Falcon fans – not
the usual Friday date.

Strike them barking “Sled ‘Dogs”, Falcons!     



falcon vs huskie logoWhen: Thursday, Oct, 6,
7 p.m. kickoff
At Falcon Stadium

Horizon High School: Greenway Road and 56th Street, Phoenix
Nickname: “Huskies”
Colors: Green and Gold
Division 2 – Section III
Head Coach: Steve Casey
2010 record: 7-4 [lost to (Tucson) Ironwood Ridge, 16-35, in 1st Round of State Playoffs]
2011: (six games):  3-3 [“common opponents”:  Sept. 2 (H) beat Goldwater, 48-7 (Goldwater played without ten starters); Sept. 23 (H) lost to Pinnacle, 28-49
Tonight’s game: first meeting between the two schools.
Huskies to watch:  #7 Kyle Woods, QB, SR; #9 Dushawn Brown, WR, SR; #3 Ryan Neel, return specialist, JR.
What Falcons must do to win:  Head Coach Greg Davis, “Horizon’s team speed is excellent. That’s my biggest concern. On offense, we must control the ball and win time of possession. Run the ball ‘downhill’ between the tackles and break some long gainers off our short passing patterns. Defensively, we have to be disciplined to our basic scheme and stay in our correct position alignments. If we can contain their playmakers, we should be able to put up enough points to win.”
Prediction:“Dino”, the sportswriting dinosaur, predicts: “Speed kills!” So goes the highway safety admonition. I want to be wrong, but I fear that Horizon’s “speed” will “kill” the HomeBirds by 10 points, say … 38-28. Through six games, I’m 6-0. C’mon, Falcons! Drop me to 6-1.