QB puts on show for Falcons

By Josh Michael sports@nvdaily.com

ALDIE — Central senior quarterback Hayden Bauserman put on a display tossing six touchdowns, including three to Tommy Caison, as the Falcons opened the season with a 42-0 victory over John Champe on Friday night.

Bauserman was the star of the show on opening night as he led the Falcons on six touchdown drives, every one of which resulted in a touchdown pass. Hayden hit four different receivers for scores and six total receivers in the game.

“I have a lot of weapons, a lot of fast guys and the offensive line really gave me time tonight,” said Bauserman.

A lot of weapons indeed, including junior wide receiver Tommy Caison, who made the most of his opportunities Friday night. Caison managed just three catches on the night, but each one went for a touchdown.

“Give credit to Hayden, he was great and the offensive line was great in giving him time to throw,” Caison said.

Despite the monster effort from the senior quarterback, the Falcons’ defense was equally as impressive. Central pitched a shutout, and did so without any real threat of points until the very end of the game. The Falcons’ defense forced four turnovers on downs and also intercepted a pass as well. Senior Caleb Cook led the way defensively with three sacks in the game for the Falcons.

“It was a great complete-game performance, and was one of the better games we have played in a while,” Falcons coach Mike Yew said of his defense and overall team effort.

The Falcons ‘offense erupted in the second quarter for 21 points to break the game open. Central led 7-0 heading into the second quarter, but thanks to touchdown passes of 11 yards, 63 yards, and 34 yards by Bauserman, they had quite a cushion heading into halftime.

“We locked in on reads and settled down and got into a groove. A couple of those touchdowns were audibles by Bauserman,” Yew said of the second quarter.

The return of Daniel Molina at running back, who missed the last five games of last season due to a torn meniscus, led to some anticipation in the running game, but that was not the game plan Friday night.

“Teams normally expect us to establish the run first, but tonight we decided we were going to spread it out, and he (Bauserman) make good decisions,” Yew said.

It was quite an impressive performance by the Falcons to open the season, and Bauserman essentially put the team on his back. He completed 12 of 16 pass attempts for 274 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Caison reeled in three grabs for 160 yards and three touchdowns, while Zachary Herbaugh, Justin Bauserman and Kolton Poston also snagged a touchdown each. Molina led all rushers with 39 yards on 11 carries.

It may only be one win, but Central knew it was important to get off on the right foot.

When asked how big of a win this was for his team, Caison replied with, “This is a really big win, we came out ready and wanted it.”