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Jr. Falcons Sweep Union Mine In Openers

Three Colfax youth grid squads throw up shutouts on Rattlers
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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It was a big opening day for the Colfax Jr. Falcons’ football teams last Saturday at Marson Stadium. Showing plenty of fire right out of the starting gates, the Jr. Falcons posted a four-game sweep over the visiting Union Mine Jr. Rattlers to open their 2009 campaign in fine fashion. The Colfax Midget squad capped the day’s fine play by the Green and White in notching a big 30-0 win over the visitors. Earlier in the day, the Colfax Jr. Peewees started the sweep by notching a 30-16 win and were followed respectively by the Peewees’ 8-0 shutout victory and an ensuing 19-0 blanking by the Jr. Midgets. The Jr. Falcons draw a bye over the Labor Day holiday weekend but will resume their schedule on Sept. 12 when they travel to Rio Linda. The next home games at Colfax High for the Jr. Falcons will be versus Davis on Sept. 19. Here’s a game-by-game capsule review of last weekend’s games: Colfax Midgets 30 Union Mine 0 – Quarterback Michael Wilson fired a pair of touchdown aerials to Jordan Balser and Bailey Bean as the midgets rolled past the visitors. Aleks Starch, Zach Bianchi and Blake Rawlins also scored six-pointers in the Jr. Falcons’ win. Leading the defensive charge for the victors were Jack Baldoni, Mario Margherita, Morgan Proffitt, Michael Calleja, Nicholas Blake, Jake Medeiros and River Potter. Colfax Jr. Midgets 19 Union Mine 0 – Logan Hurst’s 90-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter helped get the Jr. Midgets on their way to the shutout win over the Rattlers. Also having a hand in the scoring for Colfax were running back Tim Rawlins who tallied on a 40-yard run and quarterback Ray Henry who connected with Marcus Jackson on a nice scoring toss. Colfax’s defense also sparkled with strong efforts from Ian Gassaway, Carrick Hoffart, Beau Baggett, Matt Blackburn, Isiah Donaldson, Conner Rawlins, Ryan Lahaie and Jake Buol who came up with a pass interception. Colfax Peewees 8 Union Mine 0 – In a defensive struggle, Mark Avila tallied a touchdown on a 20-yard gallop just before halftime to provide the winners with their margin of victory. Other bright spots for the Jr. Falcons in the victory came via the running and passing of quarterback Ryland Heimann on offense and defenders Luke Baggett, Will Bessler and Cameron Lee who kept the Rattlers in check. Colfax Jr. Peewees 30 Union Mine 16 – In the day’s opening tilt, the Jr. Falcons broke open a see-saw battle in the second quarter to pull away for the win. Colfax running back Colton Reeves scored three touchdowns while quarterback Michael Stuck added two more. Also shining in the win for the Jr. Falcons were defensive players Trazyn Heimann and Jake Lahaie.