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Championship effort for Colfax

Falcons Wrap Up Outright PVL Crown With 48-0 Rout Of Bruins
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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LAKE OF THE PINES – It was supposed to be a showdown here Friday night between two post season bound football teams each trying to secure a high seeding for the upcoming CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoffs. Instead, it turned out to be one of the most lopsided final results in the 24-year history of Colfax-Bear River football battles that date back to 1986. In a stirring statement that put an emphatic exclamation point on a perfect 10-0 Pioneer Valley League championship season, Colfax shifted into another gear Friday night with a high-powered effort on both sides of the ball that led to a 48-0 jolting over the outgunned Bruins. “We didn’t see this coming by any means,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello whose Falcons led 41-0 at halftime. “Some things went our way early and then they just snow balled after that. It was a great way to get a league title by ourselves.” Bear River co-coach Terry Logue, meanwhile, didn't make any excuses for his team's play. "We just flat got beat tonight in all phases," said Logue. "I tip my hat to Colfax...they played a great game." For the Falcons, the victory capped a perfect 10-0 regular season, the 5th in Colfax football annals. This year’s Falcon team joins previous undefeated regular season squads at CHS – all coached by Martello - from 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2006. With the win, the Falcons are expected to be tagged as either the No. 1 or No 2. seed for the Div. IV playoffs which begin either next Thursday or Friday. The CIF office in Lodi will be announcing final brackets Saturday afternoon. Bear River, on the other hand, ends the regular season at 7-3 and likely will open the playoffs on the road. In Friday’s game, the Falcons punted on their first possession of the night and then scored the next six times they had the ball to turn the expected close game into a runaway. Austin Perry, a junior halfback, scored Colfax’s first two touchdowns on runs of two and three yards and also caught a 29-yard scoring pass from Austin Young. Young also found Sam Quinlan to end the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown pass and then hit David Mowbray with 3:15 left in the first half on a perfect 41 yard strike to up the count to 41-0 at intermission. Colfax’s other two touchdowns came on runs by Hunter Perez. Perez, who rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries, now has scored 30 touchdowns for the Falcons this season. While Colfax’s offense shined, the defense limited the Bruins to negative passing yards in the first half and recorded pass interceptions by Benton Brown, Zack Coffman and sophomore Chancey Trentman. Also having solid games were Roger Lillie, Jeremy Dawson, Nolan Karbowski and Chaz Meade. FALC-BRUIN NOTES -The points total of 48 by the Falcons was the most scored in the series between Colfax and Bear River since the Bruins put a 38-0 hurt on the Falcons in 1994. The Colfax point total was the second highest by the Falcons since the 1987 Colfax team drubbed the Bruins, 50-21. Colfax now leads in the all-time series, 14-10, including wins in ten of the last eleven meetings...Bear River's top offensive standouts Friday were Josh Toft who gained 93 yards rushing on 15 carries and Andrew Reiss who added 52 on 10 carries...Young finished the game with 204 yards passing. His three touchdown aerials moved him past Marcus Arroyo (52)into third on the Falcons' all-time TD list. Young (53) trails just Ben Galbraith (57) and Nate Ray (59). Young, who now has thrown for 2,259 yards this season is 622 yards shy of Ray's career passing yardage of 5,287 set in the 1998 and 1999 seasons...Another school record possibly within range with a long playoff run could be the points after touchdown by kick mark of 53 set by Tyler Covich in 2000. Colfax kicker Ben Rooker, with six successful boots on Friday, now has 41 for the season. Colfax JV 28 Bear River 7 – In a battle of undefeated PVL teams going for the league title, the Falcons used an 86-yard kick return by Tim Rawlins to start the second half to set the tone in the pennant cinching win. Tanner Kane also added touchdown runs of 17 and 41 yards for Colfax while Michael Wilson found Wes Woodward on a nine-yard touchdown pass. Jack Baldoni, Jake Mederios, Alex Nevarez and Mario Margherita were the defensive standouts. Colfax finished 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the PVL. Bear River, which suffered its first PVL JV loss since the 2008 season, received a 39-yard scoring run by Caleb Johnson. The Bruins were 8-2 overall on the year. Colfax Frosh 18 Bear River 0 – The Falcons finished an 8-2 season with the shutout win over the Bruins Thursday night.