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Baldoni's Big Night Sparks Falcons

Senior fullback rushes for 245 yards and two TDs
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX - Going into Friday night’s Colfax High-Davis football game, Falcons coach Tony Martello was more than pleased to have senior fullback Tom Baldoni back in action off the injury list. “We want to give him about 10 or 12 touches and not overuse him too much,” said Martello before the Falcons home opener with the Div. I Blue Devils. “We have a lot of season still ahead of us.” So much for those well-laid plans. Baldoni, seeing his first full game of action since the Colfax opener back on Aug. 27 against El Camino, was more than just an afterthought in the Falcons game plan. Carrying the ball 23 times for 245 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns on runs of 62 and 71 yards, Baldoni was the impetus in the Falcons’ 31-21 win over the game but outgunned Blue Devils. “The line did a great job of blocking,” said Baldoni. “As far as the injury, it felt alright but I was getting a little tired out there at the end.” Baldoni’s big night on the ground was the second highest single game rushing total in Falcon grid annals. Pat Rawlins holds the school mark with a 279-yard effort set last season against El Dorado. “We needed every one of Tommy’s yards tonight,” said Martello about the Falcons who piled up 504 total yards on offense. “We were real inconsistent throwing the ball tonight but our running game picked us up.” Colfax, now 3-1 overall on the season, was able to overcome two first half turnovers, one on a lost fumble at the Davis two-yard line, by forcing three turnovers of their own. The first was an interception that opened the game’s scoring when linebacker Roger Lille snared a Kris Reagan aerial one-handed and returned it 17 yards for an early 7-0 lead. Following a Jake Karbowski fumble recovery after he and Brennan Holman teamed up to strip a Davis receiver at the Colfax 38-yard line, Baldoni burst off tackle, hit the sidelines and outran the secondary on his 62-yard scoring jaunt to put Colfax up, 14-0 at halftime. Davis then came out to start the second half and put together an impressive 10-play 64-yard scoring drive that was culminated when Reagan found Kris Mackewicz on a 20-yard touchdown play that trimmed the lead to 14-6. But Colfax answered with a nice drive of its own when they marched 80-yards in 10 plays with Conner Brown hauling in a four-yard pass from Austin Young for the six points. The big plays in the drive were a 19-yard pickup by Baldoni, a 13-yard pass from Young to Baldoni and another 21-yard pass from Young to Josh Moreno. On Colfax’s next possession, Baldoni gave the Falcons some breathing room when he ripped off his 71-yard scoring run. The Falcons’ final score came on Austin Fitzhugh’s 20-yard field goal earlier with 4:23 left in the game. Young finsihed the game by hitting 14 of 21 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. Moreno with three catches for 60 yards, Shawn Rawlins with three for 49 yards and Baldoni with a trio for 47 yards topped the receiving department. Colfax picked off three Davis passes. They included interceptions by Lillie, Peter Freer and Karbowski. Alex Chaney, Dan Walker, Holman and Fitzhugh all played well defensively for the Falcons. The Falcons will host Wheatland next Friday night. Colfax JV 14 Davis 7 - Tim Stuck returned a fourth quarter pass interception 90 yards for a touchdown to snap a 7-7 tie and lift the Falcons (2-2) to the victory. Colfax's other score came on a 4-yard run by Henry Freer. Freer's touchdown was set up by a 67-yard run via Austin Perry. Colfax Frosh 21 Davis 0 -The Falcons took a 7-0 lead in the opening half after quarterback Michael Wilson connected with Tanner Kane on a 35-yard scoring pass. The Falcons were able to take their lead into the intermission after Colfax's defense held the Blue Devils on two plays from the one-yard line. The Falcons stretched their lead to 14-0 when the Wilson-Kane connection hooked up agains for another score, this time from 41 yards away. Colfax's final score came in the waning moments of the third quarter when Kyle Bryant picked off a Blue Devils pass and returned it 39 yards for six points. Wilson was a perfect 3x3 on extra point kicks. Colfax also received fine effors from running backs Chancey Trentman and Blake Rawlings and some fine defensive play from Robbie Lopez Colfax 31 Davis 21 Davis - 0 0 6 15 - 21 Colfax - 7 7 7 10 - 31 Col - Lillie 17 interception return (Fitzhugh kick) Col - Baldoni 62 run (Fitzhugh kick) D - Mackewicz 20 pass from Reagan (kick failed) Col - Brown 4 pass from Young (Fitzhugh kick) Col - Baldoni 71 run (Fitzhugh kick) D - Mackewicz 15 pass from Reagan (Mackewicz pass from Reagan) Col - Fitzhugh 20 FG D - Edden 14 pass from Reagan (Houch kick) Rushing - Colfax: Baldoni 23x245; Moreno 4x36; Brown 2x8; Young 4x7. Davis: M. Romero 17x59; Reagan 5x40; Williams 7x31. Passing - Colfax: Young 21-14-1, 210. Davis: Reagan 30-14-3, 228. Receiving - Colfax: Moreno 3x60; Rawlins 4x49; Baldoni 3x47; Mosier 2x19; Mowbray 1x31; Brown 1x4. Davis - Eddin 5x71; Mackewicz 3x90; M. Romero 3x11; Arnold-Gordon 1x12; Williams 1x18; Nelson 1x8. Col Davis First Downs 16 12 Yds. Rushing 294 130 Passing Yds. 210 228 Total Yds. 504 338 Penalties 10-65 10-60 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1 In the preliminary games, the Falcons frosh team defeated Davis, 21-0 on Thursday and the Colfax JVs won 14-7 on Friday.