Jr. Falcons Take It On Chin Versus River City

Colfax youth grid teams host'Homecoming' Saturday
By: Gold Country News Services
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After taking on a tough Div. I River City program in Sacramento Youth Football League cross-over games last Saturday, the Div. II Colfax Jr. Falcons return home Saturday to celebrate Homecoming activities with Center. Games at Marson Stadium are set for 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Here’s a recap of last week’s games: River City 25 Jr. Falcon Jr. Peewees 6 - After spotting the Raiders a 12-0 lead on two long runs, Jack Welty swept around right end on a 69-yard run for the Pee Wees’ only score. The Pee Wees played decent on defense led by Travyn Heimann, Michael Stuck, Alex Weir, Jacob Stuck and Angelo Margherita. Michael LaVigne added a sack to the defensive efforts. River City 13 Jr. Falcon Peewees 7 - These evenly matched teams battled to a scoreless tie through three quarters. Starting the fourth quarter from their own 44, Mason Ahrens gained 11 yards on two carries. Mason Hurst then found daylight and broke loose on a 45-yard run to a touchdown. Ahrens ran in the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Raiders came right back with a 58-yard score and 7-7 tie. The Raiders scored on their next possession for the 13-7 final score. Dallan Trentman led defensive efforts with seven tackles and two fumble recoveries. Jack Beeman also recovered a fumble. Anthony Griggs, Tyrese Donaldson, Tyler Nickerson, Cameron Lee, Braydon Bean and Alex Rodriguez all chipped in with great defensive plays. River City 30 Jr. Falcon Jr. Midgets 20 - The Raiders scored on their first possession, but Timmy Rawlins countered with at 40 –yard TD run on the Falcon’s next possession. River City fumbled an onside kick off attempt by Ray Henry and Henry pounced on the loose pigskin at the Colfax 47. On the next play, Marcus Jackson found a lane and hit pay-dirt 53 yards later. Rawlins ran the ball in for a 13-6 Falcons’ lead. But River City scored on its next three possessions to lead 24-13. Following the last score, the Raiders attempted an onside kick which was fumbled to the Raiders’ 30. From there, Jackson again scored six points and with a Rawlins conversion, Colfax closed to 24-20. River City added one more score. Defensively Ben Waggoner and Alex Tobiasz had fumble recoveries. Other defensive standouts were Logan Hurst, Connor Rawlins and Sammy LaHaie. River City 23 Colfax Midgets 18 - Colfax took the opening kickoff and Jack Baldoni ended the 10-play drive with a 20-yard TD toss to Bailey Bean. On the Raiders’ next possession, Jake Medeiros picked off a pass at the Raiders’ 20. Colfax couldn’t score, but the defense stiffened with Robbie Lopez and John Hays catching Raiders in their backfield. After a short punt, Medeiros scored three plays later for a 12-0 lead. River City scored just before the half and opened up the second half with a 9-play scoring drive and 15-12 lead. Baldoni then lead the Falcons back on a six-play drive culminating with an 8-yard scoring toss to Bean. Kyle Bryant had a key 3rd down reception of 34 yards to keep the drive alive. The Raiders drove the field and fumbled in the Colfax end zone, but they recovered the ball before a Falcon could pounce on it. Their extra point kick was good for the 23-18 final score. Mario Margherita led the defense with seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Other defensive contributors were Chas Reisinger, Jonathan Walker, Michael Calleja, Josey Weber and Zach Bianchi.