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Falcons Drub Foothill, 53-27; Now 7-0

Colfax Becomes CIF Playoff Eligible
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – It was business as usual here Friday night for the Colfax Falcons’ football team. Celebrating homecoming in a big way, the Falcons became playoff eligible by virtue of their 53-27 drubbing of Foothill’s Mustangs in a game that wasn’t as close as the final count might indicate. The Falcons, now 7-0 overall on the season and with the CIF required two league victories needed to qualify for the post season, led 33-0 at halftime before being slowed in the second half by three lost fumbles inside Foothill’s 10-yard line. “We played very well in the first half but got a little sloppy later on,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “Still, it was a good win. Everyone got to play and we came out healthy.” The win also sets up a battle for first place in the Pioneer Valley League next Friday night in Auburn when the Falcons tackle Placer. The Hillmen are also 2-0 in the PVL after defeating Lincoln Friday night. “We’ll have to play a lot better to have a shot next Friday,” said Martello. “Placer is as good of a team that I’ve seen in this area in a long time.” The Falcons once again parlayed a strong dose of running and passing to wilt the Mustangs (3-4, 0-2) who have now lost four straight games after opening the season with three wins. Led by Hunter Perez, the Falcons rushed for 375 yards to highlight a total offense which generated 546 yards on the evening. Perez had a 60-yard fourth quarter touchdown gallop to cap an 18-carry 236-yard, two touchdown rushing night. Austin Perry, meanwhile, chipped in with 71 yards on 10 carries and one score while Sam Quinlan added 53 yards on just two totes. Nehemiah Bailey also contributed a four-yard scoring run for the Falcons. Colfax’s passing attack was also tuned in as quarterback Austin Young tossed three touchdown passes in the first half. He finished the game 7 of 12 through the air for 171 yards and four scores. "I thought we played pretty well at times," said Young who now has 19 touchdown passes this season. "But we had some mistakes we'll need to work on." Quinlan was on the receiving end of 16 and 14 yard touchdown passes from Young while David Mowbray latched on to 13 and 45 yard scoring aerials. Once again Colfax’s defense and special teams had a big role in the Falcons’ performance. Defensive back Henry Freer’s opening possession interception and ensuing 30-yard return set up Perry’s one-yard touchdown run that started the scoring. Freer later returned a Mustangs punt 51 yards to the Foothill 24 which set up Colfax’s third score of the game. Roger Lillie, Benton Brown, Nolan Karbowski, Matt Anglade, Cory Wilhelm and Jeremy Dawson all played well in helping blank the Mustangs in the opening two quarters. Colfax JVs 35 Foothill 0 – Michael Wilson was 11 of 13 passing for 266 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons improved to 6-1 on the season. Tanner Kane and Jake Mederios added touchdown runs for the Falcons while Chas Reisinger and Kyle Bryant grabbed scoring catches. Jack Baldoni led the defense with an interception.