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Jr. Falcon Midgets Gain SYFL Title Game

Colfax gridders blank Vista del Lago, 12-0, in playoff opener
By: Gold Country News Services
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The dream season continued last Saturday for the Colfax Jr. Falcons’ midget football team. Playing a high-powered Vista del Lago of Folsom team on its home field in the first round of the Sacramento Youth Football League playoffs, the No. 1 seeded Jr. Falcons responded with one of their most well-rounded efforts of the season in posting a 12-0 win over the host Eagles. The win vaults the Jr. Falcons midgets into Saturday’s SYFL championship game against Pleasant Grove. The Colfax-Pleasant Grove contest will kickoff at 4 p.m. at Rio Linda High School. In last week’s semi-final win, the Jr. Falcons got going when Kyle Bryant returned the opening kickoff 20 yards to the Colfax 46. From there, Colfax ate up eight minutes of clock with a 17-play drive that Vista stopped at its own 11. John Hayes and Mario Margherita then set the defensive tone for the day by stopping Folsom on their first play for a six-yard loss. Following a punt, Colfax took over at Vista’s 35. Seven plays later, Jack Baldoni raced to the corner of the end zone scoring on a 15 yard run. The key play on the scoring drive was a third down 21-yard pass play from Baldoni to Bailey Bean. On the ensuing Vista’s series, Jory Weber and Michael Calleja both caught runners for losses and on third down, Hayes caught the quarterback for an 8-yard loss. The ensuing punt attempt was low and bounced off a Vista player and recovered by Hayes at the Vista 20. Runs by Tanner Kane and Jordan Balser and a pass to Chancey Trentman put ball at the 10. However, Vista’s defense stiffened and the half ended with Colfax ahead 6-0. Vista started the second half near midfield and drove to the Colfax 5. However, Calleja broke through the blocking and forced the quarterback to fumble that was recovered by Margherita at his 15. After a sack, a hole opened up in the middle of the line and Trentman broke through and outraced the Vista defensive backs en route to an 87-yard touchdown run and 12-0 lead. From its own 39, Vista drove to the Colfax 32 where the defense held. Four plays later Vista picked off a Baldoni pass at the own 5 stopping Colfax again. A Vista seven-play drive ended at their own 42 with Bean, Trentman and Robbie Lopez leading defensive stops in this series. Six plays later, Kane carried 19 yards from the Vista 24 and with no further need to score, Colfax went into the “Victory” formation to end the game at Vista’s five. Colfax, 8-1 overall, defeated Pleasant Grove’s in a 14-8 battle at Marson Field back on October 3rd. Pleasant Grove and the Falcons have scored 140 and 124 points respectively while giving up only 38 and 47 points for the season.