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Center's "Dynamic Duo" Blisters Falcons

Bellaire, Anderson Too Much For Colfax, 34-14
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – No, that wasn’t Batman and Robin that paid a visit to Marson Stadium here Friday night but you’ll have a hard time trying to convince the Colfax Falcons’ football team that. Following a pair of electrifying performances by their dynamic duo of D’Juan Bellaire and Tyrel Anderson, Center’s Cougars rained down on the Falcons’ homecoming activities by handing the Falcons a 34-14 Pioneer Valley League setback. More often than not through the course of the evening, Bellaire, a senior running back, and Anderson, a junior quarterback, were in the spotlight for the Cougars as they combined for 388 yards of total offense and had a hand in all six of Center’s touchdowns. The win moves the Cougars to 2-0 in the PVL race and 6-1 overall while Colfax slips to 0-2 and 3-4 overall. Bellaire and Anderson, both all league selections respectively last season, made the Falcons pay dearly as their speed and elusiveness time and time again foiled Colfax’s second half comeback attempts. “Center’s a tough team,” said junior linebacker Jack Baldoni. “We knew coming in that Bellaire and Anderson were good but we had a bad night tonight. “We have a lot of pride though…we’ll bounce back.” Colfax, which twice reached the red zone in the first half but came away empty handed, trailed at intermission 14-7. After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons started the scoring when quarterback Michael Wilson found Kyle Bryant on a 40-yard touchdown aerial. But Center bounced right back as three plays after the Colfax score, Anderson ran a zone read play to perfection by darting 43-yards on a keeper and a 7-7 score. The Falcons followed with a nice push of their own but after picking up a first down at the Center 32, Anderson intercepted Wilson at the five yard line and returned it out to the 29. Bellaire then capped Center’s ensuing series when on a fourth and one yard to go situation, he took a handoff, was bottled up by the Colfax defense in the middle before spinning to the outside and then running untouched 34 yards for a 14-7 Cougars lead. With just 2:40 left in the half, the Falcons, using the clock and sideline to their advantage, followed the passing of Wilson and the running of sophomore Tim Rawlins to march the Center 17. But on second down with just 12 seconds left, Wilson was sacked and the Cougars recovered the ensuing fumble to end the threat. The Falcons came out fired up to start the second half as a sack of Anderson by Alex Nevarez gave the Falcons good field position following the Cougars punt. However, Colfax couldn’t capitalize as an 11-play 58-yard march ended with a field goal try going wide left. Following the missed field goal, Anderson put another dagger in the Falcons when five plays later he connected with Kris Sutton on a 61-yard touchdown pass for a 21-7 Cougars lead. The Falcons wouldn’t go away though as the passing of Wilson to Bryant, Rawlins and Chas Reisinger, set up a nine-yard scoring run by Rawlins that sliced the Cougars lead to 21-14 with 11:29 to play. But the comeback hopes didn’t last long as on a third and one, Anderson was off to the races on another 40-yard scoring burst that put some breathing room in the game with 8:52 left. When it was all over, Bellaire had tore the Falcons’ defense up for 166 yards rushing on 29 carries. Many times on the evening, Bellaire turned what appeared to be rushes for losses into positive yards with his relentless tackle-breaking. Anderson, meanwhile, was just as spectacular as he rushed 12 times for 131 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. He also hit on 7 of 11 passes for 91 more yards. For Colfax, Wilson had a busy night as he hit on 33 of 48 passes for 362 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The completions by Wilson set a new school record eclipsing the former mark of 31 set by Spencer Lewis in 2008. Bryant was his main target as he hauled in 17 passes for 208 yards. The receptions in a game by Bryant set a new school record outdistancing the old mark of 13 catches by Keith Lynch in 1999. Reisinger finished with seven catches for 57 yards while Rawlins had five grabs for 69 yards. Christopher Harshman added four grabs for 69 more yards. On the ground, Rawlins rushed 15 times for 81 yards. Colfax JVs 27 Center 6 – Logan Hurst ran for a touchdown and also fired scoring passes to Zack Niccoli, Dalton Bannister and Marcus Jackson as the Falcons improved to 5-2 on the season.