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Falcons Rout Zebras, 56-14; Cinch PVL Tie & No. 1 Playoff Berth

Because of Power Outage, Game Starts Friday in Colfax..Ends Saturday in Lincoln
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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LINCOLN - The Colfax Falcons football team rolled their lucky seven Friday night the hard way. Showing championship grit, the Falcons capped a wild night of football that included celebrating Senior Night then kicking off and playing half of the opening quarter against Lincoln in Colfax before an area-wide power failure forced school officials - when the power didn't come back on - to switch the game site to Lincoln for the final three and a half quarters. When the long evening was over, the end result for the Falcons was a 56-14 victory which in the process cinched Colfax a tie for the Pioneer Valley League championship and more importantly, regardless of the outcome of next Friday's game at Bear River, the PVL's No. 1 automatic berth to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Lost in all of the evening's unusual chain of events was the high-point of the evening where the Falcons laid claim to their seventh PVL football championship over the past nine seasons. "It's what we shoot for every season," said Colfax coach Tony Martello about the PVL title. "It's our number one goal and I'm proud of this group. They deserve it." Colfax, 9-0, 4-0, will try and cap a perfect regular season and secure the outright PVL crown when they travel to Bear River, 7-2, 2-2, this Friday night. The Falcons started the scoring in the opening quarter in Colfax with some big plays. In the part of the game that was played in Colfax, Hunter Perez scored on the game's first play from scrimmage on a 46-yard run and quarterback Austin Young found David Mowbray on a 65-yard touchdown pass. However, after Mowbray's touchdown reception, Marson Stadium lost all power except for emergency lighting. While officials conferred after finding out the wide range of the outage and that power wasn't expected to be restored until possibly 11 p.m., the options were put on the table to the two teams. Playing the remainder of the game in Colfax on Saturday would have impacted the Falcons because Colfax High is the site Saturday for four youth playoff games. Another was to play the game on Monday night. After a long discussion, the move to Lincoln was approved by the game officials with the new kickoff set for 10:30 p.m. "In the end, going to Lincoln worked for both teams," said Martello. "We've done the Monday-Friday thing before and it's not a good fit for players." In a unique game side-note, Colfax's Ben Rooker converted the extra point kick after the first touchdown in Colfax but when the lights darkened after Young's first scoring pass to Mowbray, Rooker's ensuing extra point following that touchdown was kicked when the game resumed at 10:30 p.m. in Lincoln. Leading 21-0 after a quarter, the Falcons and Zebras traded scores in the second quarter as Young found Mowbray for two more scores, once from 56 yards away and another from 43 yards out. Lincoln's two touchdowns in the second quarter came on Jake Gomez touchdown passes to Ben King and Jon Soto. The game then went to a running clock in the seocnd half after the Falcons added touchdowns in a 45-yard run by Perez, a nine-yard tally by Austin Perry and a two-yard score from Neimiah Bailey. Colfax rushed for 271 yards with Perez leading the way with 167 yards on just seven carries. Perry added 4 for 61 while Bailey checked in with eight carries for 28 yards and Quinlan two packs for 15 yards. Young was 6 of 11 through the air for 252 yards and one interception. Young's four touchdown passes give him 25 for the season and 50 in his career at Colfax. He joins Nate Ray (59), Ben Galbraith (57) and Marcus Arroyo (50) has CHS quarterbacks with 50 or more TD passes. With his two touchdowns, Perez, meanwhile, moved past Josh Huber's old mark of 26 touchdowns set in 2001 for the single season scoring mark with 28 touchdowns. Colfax JVs 21 Lincoln 0- With the shutout win, the Falcons set up a showdown for the PVL JV championship next Friday at Bear River. Colfax is now 8-1 on the season.