Colfax rides momentum to Union Mine
After a couple of hard-fought victories to open the season, the Colfax High football team will take on its toughest test yet tonight in El Dorado Hills.
The Falcons (2-0) outlasted Durham 21-13 at the Battle at the Capital last Friday in Loomis, one week after edging El Camino on the road. Colfax’s opponent tonight — Union Mine — defeated El Camino 47-29 in its season opener last Friday.
Colfax will need another strong effort from its defense to take down the Diamondbacks (1-0), who are led by the pint-sized Tow brothers. Sean, a 5-6, 157-pound sophomore, rushed for 157 yards last week while Cody, a 5-4 , 145-pound senior, added 111 yards.
“They’re quick and they’re strong,” Colfax coach Tony Martello said of the Tow brothers. “They’re small, but they’re man-strong. A lot of our kids know them from Junior Falcons and they’re excellent wrestlers.”
The Falcon defense has allowed has been anchored by defensive lineman Dan Walker and safety Jacob Karbowski.
The Colfax offense, which struggled at times in the win over Durham, should get a lift with the return of senior fullback Tom Baldoni. He missed last week’s game with a concussion. Martello said junior quarterback Austin Young has shown signs of improvement and receiver Josh Moreno has made several outstanding plays.
Colfax’s off-the-field adversity hasn’t kept the team from finding success early this season. Three Falcons were arrested late this summer on charges stemming from an incident in which a rock was thrown from a freeway overpass and seriously injured a man driving on the road below.
“The kids are working their butts off and I feel good about that,” Martello said. “It’s been a very trying time for us in a lot of different ways, but we’re moving forward.”
Bear River (2-0) at Golden Sierra (0-2)
The Bruins are riding high after a dominant performance against Capital Christian in which two of their top playmakers were hurting.
Bear River relied on a stout defensive performance against the Cougars and co-head coach Scott Savoie said his team will need another strong game to get past the Grizzlies.
“Anytime you play coach (Terry) Cox, it’s going to be a physical game,” Savoie said. “They’re going to pound the ball at you. They’ve got a big, physical back.”
Golden Sierra is looking to bounce back after a 35-14 loss at home against Amador last Friday. Junior tailback Jim Hansen, whom Savoie referred to, is a major threat for the Grizzlies while quarterback Nick Highberger will look to Matt McKain for big plays.
Bruins tailback Sam Houston is back at full strength after being slowed by a groin injury last week. Receiver Joey Reina is a game-time decision with an ankle injury.
Bear River’s defense was vastly improved last week after struggling in the team’s season-opening win over Rio Linda. Savoie said junior rover Dallen Heuter, junior linebacker Jimmy Bamburg and senior tackle Jason Grady were standouts defensively in the win over Capital Christian.
Del Oro (1-1) at Clovis West (2-0)
Del Oro continues its non-league quest against Division I teams as it travels to Fresno on Saturday to take on Clovis West High.
Although Clovis West is not the powerhouse team that Del Oro has faced with its last two opponents, the team should prove to be a worth adversary after coming off a 21-point win over Merced last week.
Clovis West is under a new coaching regime with Mike Parsons at the helm. Parsons previously led Modesto Christian to a 15-0 record last season.
The toughest job for Del Oro will be trying to stop running back Kendall Brock, who ran for 129 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries against Merced. Brock has a verbal commitment to play at the University of Nevada in 2011.
After last week’s 41-19 romp over the reining Div. I Central Section champion, Bullard, Del Oro appears to be ready for any challenge.
With Kenny Andri rushing for 184 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Max Magleby completing 10 of his 14 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown, the Golden Eagle offense used a balanced attack.
Besides the offense playing well, at this point in the season Del Oro has excelled most on special teams and broken plays.
In the first game against Bishop Gorman senior Tyler Adair blocked a field goal attempt that was picked up and returned 55 yards by Nick O’Sullivan, setting up a Del Oro touchdown. Against Bullard, the biggest play of the game was a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Andri to open up the second half.
Del Oro will to play its first Friday game on Sept. 17 against Oak Ridge.
Foresthill (1-1) at San Juan (2-0)
The Wildfires take another crack at a larger school after pummeling Cristo Rey 40-0 at home last week.
Alex Harley led the Foresthill defense in the shutout while Travis Marshall and Colton Rhone led a balanced rushing attack. Junior Tyler Giles also caught a touchdown pass from Travis Wilburn in the win.
San Juan is a surprising 2-0 after edging Valley Christian 13-7 last week. The Spartans are led by 220-pound senior Tyler Boraas, who has scored six touchdowns in two games.
San Juan beat Cristo Rey 46-6 in its season opener.