Football: Falcons fall to Wilcox in final seconds, knocking team out of CCS contention

November 17, 2008 — by By Karthik Annaamalai and Abhishek Venkataramana

With 1.9 seconds left on the clock, and CCS playoffs on the line, the Falcons were tied 35-35 with the league champion Wilcox Chargers as Charger field goal kicker Cesar Duenas walked on to the field to kick. The Falcons prayed for a miss but were crushed as Duenas kicked a 30-yard field goal through the goal posts ending the Falcon’s season and also their dreams of making CCS.

Throughout the game, the Falcon defense was unable to stop junior Charger running back Anthony Herrera, as he rushed for a total of 310 yards and three touchdowns. All three of Herrera’s touchdowns were on runs of 50 yards or more. However, the defense was able to hold the Chargers’ passing attack in check, giving up only 43 yards.

The Falcon offense made up for the defense’s flaws and kept the score close by moving the ball well and scoring in spite of a tough Charger defense. Senior running back Tim Yen ran for two touchdowns. Senior running backs Casey Farmer and Matt Spencer and senior wide receiver Michael Beam all scored.

The Falcons will have to wait until next year to redeem themselves, but many believe that coach Tim Lugo's first season was a successful one and a turning point for Saratoga football.

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