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Colfax Jr. Midgets Win SYFL Championship

Jr. Falcons Cap Perfect 9-0 Season
By: Staff Report
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The Colfax Jr. Falcons Junior Midgets football team capped a perfect season last Saturday by defeating Highlands, 29-14, to capture the Sacramento Youth Football League’s Div. II championship. Playing at Highlands, the Jr. Falcons looked sharp on both sides of the ball and built a commanding 29-0 lead before having to hold off a late rally in which the host Scots score two fourth quarter touchdowns to keep the game interesting. Colfax, which finished the season with a perfect 9-0 record, picked up[ the first break of the game when Jack Beeman pounced on a Highlands fumble at the Colfax 47. After Colfax running back Marc Avila broke loose to the Highlands 10, a penalty and loss moved the ball back to the 17. However, one play later Colfax quarterback Mason Hurst took a QB keeper in for six points. The extra point was good with Ryland Heimann passing to Avila. In the second quarter, Colfax capped a 50-yard seven play march with Avila doing the honors from 17-yards out. Beeman kicked the two-point conversion for a 15-0 Falcons’ lead. The Colfax defense then stiffened on the Scots’ next possession and forced a punt. Fielding the Highlands kick at his own 30, Hurst took the ball raced untouched down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 21-0. In the third quarter, Colfax added its final score as a nine-plays 60 yard drive culminated when Hurst found Avila on a 24-yard scoring pass. Beeman then added the 2-point conversion via kick for a 29-0 lead. Highlands closed the score with two 4th quarter scores and Hurst made one touchdown-saving tackle to keep the final score at 29-14 and help earn the Junior Midgets’ first championship banner. The defense was sparked by Nathan Sawi’s 10 tackles. He was followed closely by Hurst’s 8 stops. Also playing well on the defensive side were Tyrese Donaldson, Tyler Nickerson, Skyler Saavedra, Dawson Hurst, Heimann, Sterling Spurling, Zach Forseth, Mason Ahrens, Connor McShane, Jared Ljubi, Anthony Griggs, Logan McGlothlan and Zane McDade. Wil Besler also had a sack for the winners. Highlands Jr. Peewees 40 Colfax 8 - In the Div. II Jr. Peewees championship game, after holding Highlands on downs on their first possession, Colfax scored on its first play via a 50-yard run by Michael La Vigne. A holding penalty called the score back and immediately woke up the three-time defending champion and undefeated Junior Scot squad. With less than a minute remaining, Colfax took over at its own 45. La Vigne ran for 10 to Highlands’ 45 then Nathan Searcy found an opening in the middle of the line and outraced the secondary to the end zone with :11 on the clock. LaVigne kicked the 2-point conversion for the final 40-8 score. Highlands’ defense came into the game and had given up only 2.2 points per game. Defensively, Jedediah Vculek, recovered a fumble and LaVigne had an interception. Colfax finished the seaosn with a record of 7-2.