Falcons stop Argonaut, 35-18, in opener
If Colfax High football coach Tony Martello was looking for a good opening game effort from his team last Friday night, for the most part, consider it mission accomplished.
“It was a great way to start the season but we have to get a whole lot better in what we’re doing,” said Martelloabout the Falcons’ season-opening 35-18 win over visiting Argonaut last Friday.
“We did some good things but we have a lot of room to grow,” said Martello. “We’re a young team so it will take time.”
With a lot of new faces in key positions, Colfax was able to overcome some typical opening game jitters and miscues to power their way past the Mustangs.
Using a balanced pass-run attack on offense, Colfax rolled up 427 yards of offense in leading from start to finish and taking a 4-1 lead in the all-time series against the Jackson-based visitors.
“Overall, it was a good first game for us,” said Martello. “We stubbed out toes a few times but we were able to battle through it.”
Lukas Rineer, a senior running back, led the win for Colfax as he carried the ball 28 times for 183 yards and scored a pair of first half touchdowns that helped the Falcons go into halftime with a 14-6 lead.
Austin Weir, meanwhile, made his first first start and finished with a good 11 of 19 passing night for 187 yards which included three touchdown passes and an interception.
‘Austin did a good job for his first game,” said Martello. “He missed some throws but made some good ones too.”
Senior receiver Matthew Harshman, who also had a pass interception on defense, made life easy for Weir. Harshman, who led the Pioneer Valley League in receptions a year ago with 55, latched on to Weir strikes of 50, 32 and 34 yards for scores and finished the game with seven catches for 149 yards.
“Overall on offense I thought we were able to pick it up tonight,” said Harshman. “We started slow but started to click as the game wore on. It was nice to open the year with a win.”
Ahead 14-6 at the halftime break, Colfax stuffed Argonaut’s first possession of the third quarter and then took just four plays to up the count to 21-6 when Weir and Harshman hooked up from 50 yards out.
Argonaut, however, kept things interesting when Jared Coppock (13x90, 3 TDs), broke free on a 61-yard scoring run to trim the count to 21-12.
However, after a 30-minute delay midway through the third period when the lights went dark, the Falcons forced another three and out and after a short Mustangs punt and a 17-yard run by Dylan Meinster, Weir found Harshman again, this time from 32 yards away.
Colfax’s defense played well for the most part with senior linebackers Jakob Nored and John Pedersen and lineman Trevell Rose, helping limit the Mustangs to 167 yards on the ground on 37 carries.
Colfax 35 Argonaut 18
Argonaut 6 0 6 6 – 18
Colfax 7 7 21 0 - 35
Col – Rineer 6 run (Detwiler kick)
Argo – Coppock 2 run (kick fail)
Col – Rineer 2 run (Detwiler kick)
Col – Harshman 50 pass from Weir (Detwiler kick)
Argo – Coppock 61 run (run failed)
Col – Harshman 32 pass from Weir (Detwiler kick)
Col – Harshman 34 pass from Weir (Dewtiler kick)
Argo – Coppock 5 run (pass failed)
Colfax – Rineer, 28x183; Meinster5x46; Avila 1x6; Gutierrez 2x4; Weir 2x1.
Colfax – Weir 11-19-1, 187.
Colfax – Harshman, 7x149; Avila 2x20; Van Doorn, 1x8; Gutierrez, 1x7; Rineer 1x3.