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Big plays ignite slow starting Falcons, 42-0

Colfax improves to 7-0 with shutout of Marysville
By: Mike Ray
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COLFAX– There was plenty of pomp and festivities to celebrate Colfax High’s homecoming Friday night as a packed house at Marson Stadium witnessed all four of the school’s classes put on a dazzling pregame display of dancing, ranging from Kung Fu Fighting to south of the border fancy footwork from Mexico.

On the football field, the Falcons arrived a little late to the party but despite displaying two left feet at times in the early going, Colfax wound up righting the ship in time to pull away from Marysville, 42-0.

Although lacking their usual workmanlike efficiency, the Falcons still had enough firepower to build a 21-0 halftime advantage and then put the visiting Indians away with a 21-point third quarter.

“We made a few mistakes and were hit with some penalties, but getting the win was important,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello, who was also honored pregame for reaching the 200-career win plateau in August. “We won’t be able to play like that in some of the games that we have coming up.”

The win for the Falcons, their seventh straight on the season, also kept them tied for the Pioneer Valley League with Bear River, each with 2-0 records.

Bear River improved to 7-0 and won its second PVL game by rolling past Lindhurst, 49-0. Foothill, meanwhile, pulled the first upset of the PVL race by knocking off Center, 24-14.

Colfax senior Jake Green had a big night to ignite the Falcons. Green touched the ball four times Friday with three going for long distance scores.

The first big play came in the opening quarter when Green picked off a tipped Alex Torres pass and returned it 52 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Leading 21-0 at the break, Green helped bust the game open when he returned the second-half kickoff 92 yards for another score.

The speedy senior then capped his big night later in the third when he hauled in a  79-yard touchdown pass from Alex Weir.

“We started kind of slow, but were able to adjust to some of the things Marysville was doing and it worked out well,” said Green, a three-year varsity starter. “We just have to keep working. We have some big games coming up.”

Besides Green’s big interception return, the Falcons’ defense also came up with three other key plays. Tucker Klopotek, who along with Dylan Owens, led the Falcons’ tacklers, recovering a first-quarter fumble to squelch an early drive by the Indians. John Beckman added another pass pick for the winners.

Colfax defensive end Christen Evensen also got into the big-play act when he scooped another loose Marysville ball and returned it 65 yards deep into Indians territory. After a 16-yard run by Colton Reeves, Troy Little went over from a yard out to give Colfax a 14-0 advantage.

Little led Colfax’s rushers with 87 yards on 11 carries while Jack Watts added a second-quarter, 3-yard run and Daniel Bliss another six points on a 9-yard run in the third quarter.  

In the JV preliminary game, Colfax improved to 6-1 on the season and 2-0 in PVL play with a 43-0 victory. Colfax plays at Lindhurst next Friday night.