Jr. Falcon Midgets Improve To 5-0

Colfax rallies past previously undefeated Pleasant Grove
By: Gold Country News Services
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The Colfax Jr. Falcons hosted Pleasant Grove of the Elk Grove area in Sacramento Youth Football League games last Saturday. Pleasant Grove came to Colfax undefeated in all four divisions and some well-played games were the order of the day. This Saturday the Jr. Falcons host Cordova at Colfax High. Here’s a recap of last week’s games: Colfax Midgets 14 Pleasant Grove 8 – The Midgets remained undefeated on the season at 5-0 but had to rally from an 8-0 halftime deficit. After the Falcons received the second half kickoff, they promptly started a nice drive. Facing a key fourth and one situation, Mason Banish laid a key block opening the door for a 21-yard gain by Tage Chorley. Ensuing runs by Chancey Trentman, Jake Medeiros and Chorley led to a 1-yard Jack Baldoni to Bailey Bean touchdown pass. The extra point kick was blocked, but the Eagle’s lead was narrowed to 8-6. On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Wilson executed and recovered a perfectly placed onside kick at the Eagle’s 46. Runs by Trentman, Tanner Kane, Baldoni, and a 16-yard Baldoni to Kyle Bryant pass placed the ball at the Eagle’s 1. From there, Medeiros punched it in for a 12-8 lead. Wilson then kicked the 2-point conversion and 14-8 lead. The Jr. Falcons were led by John Hayes and Baldoni with seven tackles each with Baldoni also adding a sack. Bean followed with five tackles. Pleasant Grove 14 Jr. Midgets 6 - The Eagles started the game on their 30-yard line and eleven plays later had marched to the Colfax 1. The defensive line forced a fumble and Beau Baggett pounced on it at the Colfax six-inch line. On the next play, the offensive line opened a hole for Timmy Rawlins and he was finally caught at the Eagle 22. Marcus Jackson ran for seven to the 15. Three consecutive runs by Rawlins led to a 1-yard score and 6-0 lead. The Eagles came back and drove to a first and goal at the Colfax nine. Baggett lead defensive stops joined by Sammy LaHaie, Jake Buol, Dakota Barnes and Alex Tobiasz. On a fourth and goal from the four, Matt Blackburn stuffed the run for no gain. Three plays later though, Jackson was caught in the end zone for a safety trimming the score to 6-2. On the ensuing Eagle’s drive, Blackburn picked off a pass at the Colfax 40 and the half ended 6-2. In the second half, the Eagle’s quarterback broke free from their 21. Travis Mullican caught the runner from behind at the Colfax 1. They scored going ahead 8-6, but Dalton Bannister broke through the line to block the extra point attempt. The Eagles recovered a Colfax fumble at the 35 and scored seven plays later for a final 14-6 score. Joining in the defensive efforts were Rawlins, Ian Gassaway, Patrick Beninga, Connor Rawlins, Ray Henry and Logan Hurst. Pleasant Grove 19 Peewees 13 - Pleasant Grove opened with a drive to the Colfax 33 before a sack by Jake Weber forced a punt. From their own 31, a 10-yard sack and 7-yard loss due to a fumble led to Marc Avila’s run of 81 yards to the Eagle’s 5. Two runs by Zane McDade placed the ball at the 1 from which Mason Hurst ran it in. Avila then took over the extra point for the 7-0 lead and the first points scored against the Eagles this season. Pleasant Grove scored on its next possession and failed on the extra point for a 7-6 Falcons’ score. From its own 27, Colfax went on a nine play drive highlighted by a 60-yard pass from Hurst to Anthony Griggs. Five plays later, Avila punched it in from the 5 for a 13-6 lead. The Eagles running game awakened in the second half as they scored twice for the final 19-13 score. Defensively for Colfax, Braydon Bean forced a fumble, which was recovered by Dallan Trentman. Wil Besler also pounced on a loose ball. Trentman led with six tackles. Also contributing to the defense were Avila, Hurst, Griggs, Tyrese Donaldson, Nathan Sawi, Daniel Frye, Luke Baggett, Skyler Saavedra, Cameron Lee and J.T. Hobbs. Pleasant Grove 8 Jr. Peewees 0 - One big play by Pleasant Grove was the difference in this defensive battle. The Eagle’s quarterback found a seam in the defensive line and broke loose on a 66-yard jaunt to paydirt. He then passed for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead. Both teams defenses were tough and the Eagles ended another game without surrendering a point or loss. Jake LaHaie led all tacklers with seven.