DENVER - Kalen Ballage is confident that nothing will stand in the way of Falcon (3-0) winning a 4A state title this season. And after his performance Thursday, who would want to stand in the way of the Herculean back or the Falcons?
On a mushy surface at All City Field, Ballage outran and ran over 5A George Washington (0-3), combining for four scores - including rushing touchdowns of 57 and 12 yards, a punt-return TD of 89 yards and 66-yard TD reception before he sat the remaining 2? quarters in Falcon's 54-0 win.
The Falcons took a 41-0 lead by the 9:12 mark of the second quarter and coasted thanks to the continuous running clock for the remainder of the game because the score was so one-sided.
In the first 14 minutes, 53 seconds Ballage had 266 total yards and Cameron Regennitter had three carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
"We wanted to make a statement and this was just one of the first ones," Ballage said. "Over the course of the year we will make one statement after another after another until we take state. The statement tonight was we won't let up to get to our goal."
The outcome could have been worse.
Falcon played all 42 players on its roster, kneeled on extra-point chances and even had back Matt Bastian slide down before the goal-line on a sure-50-yard breakaway touchdown.
"Tonight was just about seeing the team come together and play well," co-Falcons coach Brian Green said. "We improved on a lot, played smart and we had a lot of great performances."
And who else but Ballage, who gained 20 pounds before last track season to improve his upper-body strength, started it off with speed and power.
On the Falcons' third offensive play, Ballage burrowed through the Patriots line and was a blur down the sideline before cutting it back to the other sideline for the 56-yard score to make it 7-0 with 9:46 left in the first.
On the next two drives, Regennitter scored from 47 and 57 yards out to make it 21-0 at the 4:09 mark of the opening quarter.
Later, Ballage returned a punt for the 89-yard TD before he caught a 66-yard score from Austin Worbington and followed it with another 12-yard rushing score to close the book on his day with 9:07 left in the second quarter.
The Falcons sat their starters after that.
"Man, I was bored just sitting on the sideline the last half," laughed Ballage, who tried to sneak his way onto kickoff coverage in the third quarter before coaches Terry Poirer and Green called him back. "But it was good to get everyone some time on the field."
The Falcons will host Rampart (1-1) Sept. 20.