Falcons Get "Special" In 34-7 Win Over Wolves

Colfax Evens Record At 2-2; JVs Rally In 4th Quarter
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – Thanks to heady play from its special teams, the Colfax Falcons’ football team treated their fans to some home cooking Friday night. Playing their first home game after three road trips to start the season, the Falcons gave their Marson Stadium faithful something to cheer about with a superb effort from its special teams helping spark a 34-7 drubbing of visiting Woodland. Now 2-2 on the season, the Falcons recovered four Wolves fumbles which helped make up for an uneven night by its offensive unit that was slowed much of the game by a slew of penalties. “We’ve kind of been struggling on special teams but we were able to pick things up a bit tonight,” said senior defensive back Henry Freer who returned a Wolves punt 53 yards for a touchdown that gave Colfax a 21-0 lead at halftime. “We kind of let up defensively in the second half but it was nice to get the win.” Freer had helped set up the game’s first score when he returned a Wolves punt 37 yards to the 13-yard line in the first quarter. Two plays after the good return, Colfax quarterback Michael Wilson hooked up with Tanner Kane on a 19-yard scoring pass and a quick 7-0 Colfax lead. Late in the first quarter, Colfax sophomore Tim Rawlins recovered a Wolves fumble after a Kyle Bryant punt was mishandled at the Woodland 31 yard line. One play after the turnover, Wilson found Chas Reisinger over the middle on a 31-yard scoring play that boosted Colfax’s lead to 14-0. Bryant’s punting, which was a 45-yard average for the game, was also a key factor in helping the Wolves to start most of their drives from inside their own 20. “Kyle did a terrific job punting,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “We weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be on offense tonight but Kyle bailed us out with his punts.” The Falcons, starting most of their drives with short fields, gained a season low 298 yards on offense. However, Colfax showed fine balance as Rawlins had his first varsity career 100-yard rushing game (14x102) which was highlighted by a 51-yard TD romp in the fourth quarter. Wilson, meanwhile, was 11 of 23 through the air for 166 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions. Reisinger was the top pass catcher with five catches for 74 yards while Bryant had three grabs for 54 yards. Colfax did a commendable of slowing Woodland’s spread attack as other than a 58-yard run by Joseph Duran in the first quarter, the Falcons allowed just 55 yards on 28 plays in the first half. “We gave up some yards in the second half but we had at times some different lineups out there,” said Colfax defensive coordinator Jeff Baggett.” It was good to get everyone in the game tonight.” Jack Baldoni, Charlie Perry and Mario Margherita had Colfax’s other fumble recoveries while Baldoni, Freer, Cory Wilhelm and R.J. Hurley all played well defensively in the win. Colfax will now take a “bye” in its schedule before visiting Mesa Verde on Sept. 28. The Falcons will then open Pioneer Valley League play on Oct. 5 by hosting Bear River. Colfax JVs 21 Woodland 13 – Trailing 13-0 late in the third quarter, Colfax (3-1) rallied for the win. Quarterback Logan Hurst helped the Falcons account for two scores as he connected for touchdown passes of three yards to Cameron Howes and 80 yards to Marcus Jackson. Sam LaHaie added the Falcons’ other score on a 12 yard run in the fourth quarter. Both Jackson and Jeromy Cabodi had pass interceptions in the win while Dalton Bannister, Brian Little and Jeremy Zimmer helped keep the Wolves in check. Colfax 34 Woodland 7 Woodland 0 0 0 7 – 7 Colfax 14 7 7 6 – 34 Col – Kane 19 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick) Col – Reisinger 31 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick) Col - Freer 53 punt return (Wilson kick) Col – Rawlins 8 run (Wilson kick) Col – Rawlins 51 run (kick failed) Wood – Duran 23 run (Young kick) Rushing Colfax – Rawlins 14x103; Kane 2x14; Joiner 2x7; Moore 2x5; Wilson 4x3. Passing - Wilson, 23-11-2, 166. Receiving – Reisinger 5x74; Bryant 3x54; Kane 1x19; Rawlins 1x10; Harshman 1x9.