WHEATLAND – How good are the Colfax Falcons?
If five weeks of preseason football games didn’t answer that question, the Falcons should find out this coming Friday when Colfax travels to upstart Foothill in which shapes up as a whale of a Pioneer Valley League opener.
Friday night against Wheatland, it was business as usual for Colfax as the fast-starting Falcons jumped out to a big lead and brushed past the game- but out-gunned Pirates, 38-0.
The win, Colfax’s fifth straight on the season without a loss, sends the Falcons into PVL play, where they will meet a high-scoring Foothill team (4-1) which suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Rio Linda Friday, 70-50.
“We played a good, overall game,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “We came out of it healthy too, and that’s good with league coming up.”
Colfax senior quarterback Alex Weir had a strong night, especially in the first half as he helped get the Falcons rolling by finding Colton Reeves on scoring passes of 22, 20 and 92 yards to help the Falcons go into halftime with a 28-0 cushion.
Weir finished the game 15-of-23 through the air for 302 yards and three scores.
The 82-yard scoring pass from Weir to Reeves was close to the school record mark of 95 yards when Ben Galbraith and Mike McCoy hooked up for a score in 2003 against Bear River.
Weir also had a 25-yard pass to tight end Peter O’Brien late in the second quarter that set up Jack Watts’ eventual 1-yard scoring plunge that made the score 28-0. Daniel Bliss had a hand in the game’s opening scoring drive as his 28-yard run helped set up the Weir-to-Reeves 22-yard scoring pass.
On defense, linebackers Tucker Klopotek and Dylan Owens were once again solid. Both John McCann and John Beckman also recorded pass interceptions.
Beckman’s pass pick early in the third quarter and an ensuing 40-yard run by Troy Little, helped set up Colfax’s first score of the second half, a 31-yard field goal by Dylan Garcia that made the score 31-0.
In the fourth quarter, Colfax extended its margin. After Bliss had a 51-yard touchdown run called back by penalty, Watts added his second score of the night three plays later on a 29-yarder that made the score 38-0.
On the ground, Bliss led the way with 57 yards on eight carries. Little added 46 more on five carries and Watts finished with 40 on three packs with two touchdowns.
In the JV game, Colfax (4-1) dropped its first game of the season, 16-6. On Thursday, Colfax’s freshman defeated Wheatland, 30-20.