The Centaurus football (1-2) team travels to Holy Family (3-0) on Friday night to begin their defense of the 3A Metro North League title and it is no secret the Warriors like to attack through the air.

Through three games of the 2011 season, CHS has attempted a total of 132 passes, an average of 43 attempts per game. The 132 attempts are tops in the state regardless of classification.

In fact, the next closest team is 1A Denver Christian with 129 attempts– in four games.

In contrast, through three games in 2010 the Warriors had attempted only 89 passes.

“It is no secret we like to throw the ball,” CHS coach Chad Senseney said after his team’s loss to Conifer on Sept. 10. “We like to take chances through the air and sometimes that means a disadvantage in time of possession.”

Through three games the Warriors have ran the ball only 62 times which means CHS takes to the air nearly 70 percent of the time.

And although the Warriors use a two-quarterback system with junior David Shald (80 att.) and sophomore John Howard (50), the air attack could use a little support from the ground game.

Senseney knows in order for his young Centaurus squad to be successful, they will need to possess a more balanced offense.

“When you have to throw the ball every down, you’re in a bad place,” he said after the Warriors fell to Faith Christian last week. “That’s not the way you win in high school football. We’ve got to find a run game and we’ve got to find some consistency up front. That’s what we need to focus on.”

But don’t expect the Warriors to turn their back completely on the passing game. After all, it’s their bread and butter.

Instead look for the Warriors to find the right mix of run and pass to keep the Tigers defense off balance. And if the Warriors can accomplish such, they will be right in the mix of things in the Metro North.