Jr. Falcons Send Two Teams To SYFL Title Games

Midgets, Peewees Both Top Del Campo In Playoff Wins
By: Gold Country News Services
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The Colfax Jr. Falcons’ youth football and cheer program will send two teams to Saturday’s Sacramento Youth Football League’s Division II championship games set for Foothill High in North Highlands. The Jr. Falcons’ Peewees and the Jr. Falcons’ Midgets, both who defeated Del Campo in first round playoff games played last Saturday at Colfax High, will both face Davis opponents in the finals. The Peewees will play the Davis Jr. Blue Devils at 12 noon while the Midgets will meet Davis at 4 p.m. Here’s a recap of last week’s three Jr. Falcons playoff games: Jr. Falcon Midgets 22 Del Campo 6 – Colfax set the tone early in the Midgets game as Beau Baggett recovered a Del Campo fumble on the first play from scrimmage at the Cougars’ 46. Sparked by Tim Rawlins’ 35-yard run to the Cougars’ 11, the Falcons scored first with Marcus Jackson going over from three yards out. After Colfax’s defense held on Del Campo’s next possession and starting from their own 39, the Falcons upped the count to 13-0 when Rawlins broke free for a 61-yard scoring jaunt. On Del Campo’s next series, Colfax’s defense , led by Baggett, Jeromy Cabodi, Dylan Strader, Ian Gassaway and Dalton Bannister, who swatted away a pass attempt, stopped the Cougars inside the 10-yard line to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. Two series’ later, with Colfax at its own 38, Rawlins broke several tackles and outran the secondary on his way to a 72-yard score. Bannister kicked the two-point conversion for a 22-0 lead. Del Campo closed out the scoring on a 30-yard pass play or the final 22-6 score. Other top defensive play for the Falcons came from Carrick Hoffart, Alex Tobiasz, Sam Lahaie, Michael Rigg, Dylan Hopkins, Isaiah Donaldson, Jake Buol, Anthony Ahrens and Avo Shahabian. Jr. Falcon Peewees 26 Del Campo 6 - After Del Campo’s opening kickoff, Mason Ahrens got the Falcons rolling when he took a handoff and ran 52 yards to score. The Colfax defense then set the tone for the remainder of the contest as Will Besler, Justin Ambrose, Jake Green and David Allen combined for three sacks on the Cougars’ first five plays. In the second quarter, with Colfax starting from its 31, Ahrens took a handoff and weaved through the Cougar’s defense on his way to a 69-yard score and a 12-0 lead. Just before halftime, Luke Baggett ended a Del Campo threat by picking off a Cougar pass to end the half. Colfax scored on their first second-half possession when Ryland Heimann’s pass to Garrett O’Keefe in the flat led to a 33-yard score with Ahrens blocking the last defender. Ahrens then ran in the conversion for the 19-0 lead. Del Campo finally broke through on a long pass, but Green stuffed the extra point try. After a failed onside Cougar onside kick attempt, Colfax started at their own 40. Runs by Ahrens and Heimann sandwiched between a 15-yard pass to O’Keefe pushed the ball to the Cougars’ 4. From there, Heimann passed to Baggett for the touchdown and Ahrens converted for the final 26-6 score. On defense, Besler was in on 15 tackles with 10 going for losses and three sacks inluding three sacks. Joining in on the sack parade were Nate Sawi, Logan McGlothlan, Dawson Hurst, Colton Reeves, Daniel Frye, Seth McGlothlan, Jared Ljubi, Gentry Owens, Andrus Tejeda and Zach Forseth. Davis 19 Jr. Falcon Jr. Peewees 6 - Colfax gave the undefeated Blue Devils a challenge in a game that was closer than the scored indicated. Holding the high-powered Davis offense (27.3 ppg) scoreless on their first six possessions, the Blue Devils finally broke through and converted with only :44 remaining for a 7-0 first half score. With Davis up 19-0 late in the fourth quarter, Dylan Owens took a handoff and broke through the line at the Colfax 31 on his way to a 69-yard touchdown run. Logan Wilkins and Jacob Stuck led a good defensive effort with 13 and 8 tackles respectively. Supporting them were Michael Lavigne, Nick Nissen, Gannon Brothers, John Pantlick, Bobby McCann, Nathan Searcy, Travyn Heimann and Ben Bean. McCann recovered a fumble and Lavigne and Wilkins both had a sack.