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Falcons will try and bounce back vs. Pirates

Colfax slips to 1-3 after 31-28 loss at Golden Sierra
By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record
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With the game clock ticking down to the start of Pioneer Valley League play, Colfax High’s football team is trying to find the recipe to play the elusive complete game.

The Falcons will try again Friday at Marson Stadium when Colfax, now 1-3 after a 31-28 loss last week to Golden Sierra, hosts visiting Wheatland (1-3) at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting between the Falcons and Pirates – this year’s CHS Homecoming Game - will be the 24th in a series that dates back to 1962. Wheatland leads the all-time games played by the two schools, 13-9-1. 

Last week in Garden Valley, Colfax and Golden Sierra locked-up in a competitive battle but the Falcons, despite moving the ball fairly consistently on offense, were victims of some self-inflicted wounds they couldn’t overcome.

“Two interceptions and a fumble that they took back for a score really hurt us,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “We also let them score with one second left in the first half. That didn’t help.” 

Despite their miscues, the Falcons stayed in contention late in the game and with just over four minutes to go, an 80-yard touchdown pass from Colfax quarterback Austin Weir to tight end Spencer Gutierrez brought the Falcons within, 31-28.

However, on Golden Sierra’s ensuing possession, the Grizzlies put together an effective clock killing drive that ultimately sealed the win, the first for Golden Sierra over the Falcons since 1996.

Colfax running back Lukas Rineer led the Falcons’ by gaining 135 yards rushing on 24 carries while Weir was 5 of 12 through the air for 169 yards and three touchdowns.

Matthew Harshman was on the receiving end of two of Weir’s touchdown passes, one from 50 yards out. Dylan Meinster accounted for Colfax’s other score on a 15-yard third quarter touchdown run.

“The bottom line is that we have to play better on both sides of the ball,” said Martello. “We’ll have another tough game Friday with Wheatland.”

Colfax JVs 27 Golden Sierra 14 -  The Colfax JVs improved to 4-0 with the taming of the Grizzlies. Mason Ahrens rushed for two scores and along with Seth McGlothlan caught a TD pass from Ryland Heimann. Garren O’Keefe had four receptions for 90 yards in the win while linemen Trevor Searcy and Jared Ljubi were credited with strong games.