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Falcons ready to kick off 2015 season

New faces aplenty for Colfax gridders after loss of key seniors
By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record
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Is there life after Tim Rawlins?

The Colfax High football team will find out soon enough as the Falcons get set to open their 2015 season Friday night by hosting Argonaut at Marson Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

For the first time in three seasons the Falcons will be without the services of Rawlins who graduated this past June as the Falcons’ all-time rushing (3,569 yds.) and touchdowns (51) leader.

A year ago, Rawlins, who was a standout on both sides of the ball, scored 35 touchdowns in leading the Falcons to an 8-5 record and a CIF section Div. V finalist berth. He was also named as the Pioneer Valley League’s offensive MVP..

“There’s no doubt that we’ll miss Timmy,’ said Colfax coach Tony Martello who is starting his 20th season at the helm of the Falcons. “He’s a great football player but we have players I think that are ready to step up.”

In last Saturday’s first scrimmage action of the season, the Falcons had a day of both highs and lows. Hosting Marysville of the Golden Empire League, Martello came away from the scrum noting that his team still has plenty of growth to do.

“We looked alright at times but we have a lot of things left to work on,” said the Colfax coach. “It’s early but the season is already here.”

One question mark that was answered before Saturday’s scrimmage was that the Falcons won’t have the services of Nevada Union transfer quarterback Justus Spillner. Earlier last week, the 6-3 220-pound senior had his appeal to play football this season at Colfax denied by the CIF.

Martello will now turn to Austin Weir to handle the quarterback chores. Weir, a 6-1 180 pound junior, led the Falcons JVs to a 6-4 record in 2014. According to Martello, Weir had a good summer and is showing a lot of promise.

“Austin threw the ball well for us this summer and did a good job on Saturday,” said the Colfax coach. “We’re looking for good things from him.”

Expected to help shoulder the load offensively for the Falcons are running back Lukas Rineer and receiver Matthew Harshman. In 2014, Rineer averaged 6.5 yards a carry on his to way to finishing with 751 yards on the ground. Harshman, meanwhile, led the Pioneer Valley League in receptions with 55.

On defense, the Falcons lost all-line linebacker Beau Baggett who transferred to Bear River but Martello is hoping that returnees John Pedersen , Jakob Nored, Paul Rogers, all at linebacker, and Jayden Cypress and Matt Blackburn in the secondary will step up.

With only 33 players suited up this season, Martello knows that building depth and staying healthy will be paramount this season.

“We don’t have a lot of guys this year but they’re game and ready to go,” said the Colfax coach. “They’re excited the season is here.”