WOODLAND – Striking fast and hard, the Colfax Falcons built a big lead by halftime Friday night and cruised to their second straight win of the young football season.
Playing host Woodland at Pioneer High School, the Falcons scored on their first four possessions of the game and then used a big defensive play for another tally on their way to registering a 33-7 non-league taming of the Wolves.
In their two wins to start the season, the Falcons have outscored the opposition 68-7 and in the process have thrown just one second-half pass.
“It was a good win,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “I thought Woodland played hard and had a good scheme against us, but the kids did a good job.”
Colfax wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as the Falcons drove 67 yards in seven plays on the game’s opening possession with quarterback Alex Weir finding Colton Reeves on a 35-yard scoring strike.
Leading 7-0, the Falcons upped their count to 13-0 in the second quarter after the Falcons blocked a punt and Dylan Owens returned it 30 yards deep into Wolves territory. Four plays later, Troy Little did the honors, booming over from the 2-yard line for the touchdown that made the count 13-0.
“It’s been nice getting off to good starts the last two weeks,” said Martello. “We made some mistakes, though, that we’ll have to work on correcting.”
On the ensuing possession, Colfax’s defense, keyed by linebackers Tucker Klopotek and Jacob LaHaiee, once again kept the Wolves in check and after a three-and-out, a 25-yard run by Daniel Bliss eventually led to an 11-yard Weir-to-Reeves hookup for a 20-0 advantage.
The Falcons continued their first-half offensive push with Weir finding Reeves, Jake Green and Peter O’Brien on key completions and Little, Bliss and Jack Watts leading the ground attack. Finally, with 3:20 left in the half, Watts capped a long march by scampering in from eight yards out.
On its next possession, Woodland went to the air trying to get back into the game, and Colfax made the Wolves pay when John Beckman picked off a pass and returned it 60 yards for a 33-0 halftime lead.
Martello praised the work of the defense, which only allowed a late Woodland score. The Colfax coach noted Owens, Parker Sullivan and Angelo Margherita for solid all-around efforts.
The Falcons will take a bye next week and return to action Sept. 8 at Colusa, who opened its season Friday with a 28-0 win on the road at Clear Lake.
Colfax 20, Woodland 16
In the JV game, Colfax rallied from a 16-0 deficit to grab a 20-16 win as Logan Wilkins ran for two touchdowns and Wyatt Neumann passed to Gannon Brothers for the other score.