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Hillmen hold off Colfax

Burnett throws three TD passes as Hillmen get back on winning track
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Collin Burnett, Cameron Southward and Asher Gotzmer brought the big plays back to LeFebvre Stadium Friday night. The Placer High football team buried the memories of its offensive dud against Lincoln with some fireworks in the first half against Colfax. Then the Hillmen hung on for a 34-27 victory against the determined Falcons. Burnett completed his first seven passes, including two perfect touchdown passes to Southward and a 76-yard bomb to Gotzmer. Placer (8-1 overall, 4-1 Pioneer Valley League) opened up a 28-7 lead by halftime and looked to be in full control. But the Falcons (6-3, 3-2) fought back behind their star tailback Pat Rawlins. He finished with 188 yards and scored on runs of 34, 15, 13 and 5 yards to make things interesting. Colfax opened the second half with an impressive 69-yard yard touchdown march. Placer answered with an even better 88-yard drive. Gotzmer converted a tough four yards on a crucial fourth down in Colfax territory. On the next play, Burnett lofted a pass to Southward, who tip-toed along the corner of the end zone and caught the ball for a touchdown. It proved to be a decisive one. The Falcons responded, thanks to a 46-yard pass from Mark Macholz to Randy Brown that set up Rawlins’ third TD. After trading possessions, Colfax got a stop and got the ball back midway through the fourth quarter. Josh Moreno provided a spark with a 49-yard burst and Rawlins capped a long drive with his final TD, making it 34-27 game. But Southward covered the Falcons’ onside kick and Josh Turney picked up a crucial first down to end the game. “We felt like we were in control the whole time,” Turney said. “We knew we were going to win, but (Colfax) always plays hard, especially against us.” Placer maintained its Pioneer Valley League title hopes, but the Hillmen will need some help from the Falcons next week. Lincoln (9-0, 5-0) will visit Colfax in the regular season finale while Placer is at Whitney. Colfax JV 39 Placer 14 - Hunter Owens rushed for 212 yards on 22 carries and scored one touchdown and quarterback Nolan Karbowski added 148 more yards and two touchdowns as Colfax improved to 8-1 with the lopsided win over the Hillmen. Colfax, which also received a pair of touchdowns from Sam Quinlan, finished the game with 477 yards of offense. Zac Coffman, Brett Fowler, Cory Rodgers and David Mowbray were the defensive standouts for the Falcons. Johnny Foley threw a touchdown pass and also ran for a score for the Hillmen who fell to 7-2.