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Colfax Defense Meet Mr. Tow

By: Mike Ray, Record Sports Editor
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At some point in this Friday night’s Colfax-Union Mine football game at Marson Stadium , there’s a good chance that the Falcons’ defensive unit and Diamondbacks’ running back Sean Tow are going to get to know each other real well. In a match-up of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section semi-finalists from a year ago, the Falcons and Diamondbacks come into Friday’s game with game plans built on stopping what the other team does best. For Union Mine, that means feeding the ball to Tow, the diminutive 5-6 160-pound workhorse tailback that has brought plenty of opposing defensive coordinators to their knees. Last season as a sophomore, Tow ran for 181 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns as Union Mine defeated the Falcons, 21-7. Tow went on to rush for 2,261 yards, average 9.34 yards a carry and score 25 touchdowns for a team that advanced to section semi-finals before falling to Calaveras. “He has great balance,” said Colfax defensive coordinator Jeff Baggett. “He has that low center of gravity and doesn’t go down on an arm tackle.” Tow, a CIF State meet wrestler last season, was up to his old tricks last Friday in Union Mine’s opener. Despite being keyed on by El Camino’s defense, Tow rushed for 219 yards on 32 carries and rallied the Diamondbacks to an 18-10 victory. “It was hot and we had guys cramping up,” said Union Mine coach Dave Johnson. “Plus, we didn’t play well and El Camino came out and got after us. We were fortunate to get a win.” Now before Colfax fans start licking their chops when they think back to the Falcons’ 61-30 win over the same El Camino team two weeks ago, forget it. The Diamondbacks also have a solid quarterback in Graham Bennett who can hurt teams – just as they start to key on Tow - with the pass. “Union Mine is definitely the best team we’ve seen this year,” said Baggett. “We’ll have our hands full on Friday.” Great Debut Speaking of good running backs, Colfax can brace for another good one headed its way on its schedule in the coming weeks. After next week’s bye, the Falcons travel Sept. 23 to Davis to take on the Blue Devils. Davis won its opener last week by a 27-3 count and in the process debuted 5-8 185-sophomore running back Winfred Roberson who carried the ball 27 times for 256 yards and scored three touchdowns. Big Upset You can bet that the score of 29-28 which pushed the Sacramento State Hornets past Oregon State last Saturday in Corvallis raised more than a few eyebrows around the college football world. The Colfax connection in the game was also there as junior receiver Justin Chastain,a 2007 Colfax High grad, caught one pass in the win for eight yards for the Hornets. Turnabout Is Fair Play Two weeks ago the Roseville Eagles defeated the East Bay Bashers, 5-2, to win the championship of the Colfax Recreation Men’s Fast Pitch Classic. Both the Eagles and Bashers then headed to the ASA Men’s C Nationals in Prescott, Arizona last weekend and yep, you guessed it, the two teams met again. This time the Bashers had the last laugh as they took an 8-7 win over the Eagles in a consolation round game on Saturday morning. The Bashers then won four more games to finish the tournament with a 6-2 record and in 5th place among the 26 teams entered. Roseville went 2-2 and tied for 17th Prep Picks A 7-4 slate last week was hurt by just missing on Del Oro’s upset bid against Westlake and Lincoln turning things around against Natomas. The season record is now 16-5. This week: Colfax 35 Union Mine 30 – Falcons can’t get “towed” Friday night. Bear River 33 G. Sierra 20 – Grizzlies suit up 17 players. Placer 37 South 12 –No truth that Sarah Palin is Anchorage school’s cheerleader advisor. Yuba City 23 Lincoln 20 – Zebras have dandy back in Isaac Allen. Foothill 27 Amador 21 – Mustangs take it to 3-0. Center 14 Johnson 13 – If Cougars don’t win here it could be an o-fer season. Elsewhere: Del Oro 34 Clovis West 25; Folsom 27 Roseville 16; Whitney 25 Rocklin 12; Nevada Union 34 Monterey Trail 23; 49ers 23 Seahawks 20.