COLUSA – On paper, Friday’s intersectional football game between small school powers Colfax and Colusa was supposed to be an early-season measuring stick for both the Falcons and Red Hawks.
In the two teams’ first meeting in over 40 years, Colfax came into the game as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s No. 1 ranked Division VI school, according to Max Preps, while the hosts were the No. 2 CIF North Section D-IV team as voted in the latest North Section media members’ poll.
And for a quarter and a half, the expected tight battle lived up to its billing.
But on an evening when a Falcons’ school receiving record went out the window, Colfax emerged with bragging rights in this matchup of old Pioneer League rivals to the tune of 44-6.
Colfax quarterback Alex Weir threw only 14 passes on the evening but he completed 11 of them for 359 yards and five touchdowns.
Weir’s night was made easy by Jake Green who caught scoring passes of 31, 71, 78 and 82 yards. All total, Green caught six passes for a school record of 284 yards. The old mark was 265 by Jeff Divine in 2008.
“They were playing us in man coverage and pretty tight the whole night,” said Green. “Alex did a great job of reading the safety, and it worked out real well.”
Green, who also had two interceptions on defense, noted that after a week off, the Falcons were ready to play.
“We had a bye last week, so we were able to put in a good game plan,” said Green. “It will be nice to be back at home next week.”
Colfax, now 3-0 on the season, held a 258-28 advantage in total yards in the first half Friday as the Falcons built a 21-0 halftime lead. The Falcons’ other first-half score came on a 38-yard TD pass from Weir to Colton Reeves.
But Colusa, which had been stymied by Colfax’s defense in the first half, took the second-half kickoff and trimmed the Falcons’ lead to 21-6 when quarterback Conner Saso capped a 12-play, 65-yard march with a 12-yard scamper.
With the Red Hawks now aroused and their fans coming alive, Colfax quickly squelched any comeback hopes when two plays after the score, Weir and Green hooked up from 78 yards out.
“They sold their defense out on the run,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “It surprised us at first, but we were able to adjust.”
On the ground, Colfax was led by Daniel Bliss with 51 yards on 11 carries and Jack Watts with 38 yards on seven trips. Reeves also snagged four balls for 78 yards. Dylan Garcia capped Colfax's scoring with a 24-yard fourth-quarter field goal.
Colfax’s defense, for the most part, made life tough on the Red Hawks with the play of Jake LaHaie, Christian Evensen, Tucker Klopotek, John McCann and Nick Thompson helping keep the hosts in check.
“It was a good win for us,” said Martello. “Colusa is a good squad.”
Colfax, 3-0, hosts Union Mine next Friday.
In the JV game, Wyatt Neumann tossed five touchdown passes, and Juliono Martello took back an interception 47 yards for another score as the Falcons (3-0) romped, 48-14. Standouts on defense for the winners included Ryan Watts, Cole McMillan and Conner McNally.