Colfax, Lincoln work together during outage

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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Since before facemasks were put on football helmets, there’s been an old coaching adage that reads: “Given the opportunity, never take points off the scoreboard.” Last Friday night, Colfax High football coach Tony Martello followed that script to the finish in helping his Falcons post one of the more remarkable – if not unusual – wins in Colfax High football annals. “All things considered, moving the game to Lincoln was probably the best for everyone involved,” said Martello, whose Falcons had put 13 points up on the scoreboard in Colfax before a power failure halted play with approximately four-and-a-half minutes left in the opening quarter. “When we found out how long it might be before power would be restored we had to go to plan B,” said the Colfax coach. Because of previous engagements at both the Colfax and Lincoln stadiums, playing on Saturday was ruled out. Lincoln offered to return to Colfax on Monday, but Martello, with those points already on the scoreboard, brought up the possibility of going to Lincoln. “Because it was senior night and we had all our parents already here, getting the team down there the proper way and safely wasn’t going to be a problem,” the Colfax coach said. “Lincoln agreed and we were off.” So the Falcons, water coolers, chain gang and all, loaded up and headed the 30 or so miles to Lincoln where the game resumed at 10:30 p.m. The Falcons went on to lead in the game 21-0 after a quarter and 35-14 at halftime before a running clock in the second half culminated with a 56-14 Colfax victory that ended at 12:15 a.m. and literally took two days to play. “Our parents and fans really made it happen,” Martello said. “It was a long night but the kids weathered it.” Grid Picks Last week’s picks (7-2) were highlighted by Stanford taking down USC and the 49ers moving to 6-1. The crystal ball this season now reads 70-17. This week: Colfax 23, Bear River 21 – If rain gods awaken, slick Ramsey Field could hinder Falcons’ bid for 6th perfect regular season in school history. Center 28, Lincoln 20 – Cougars have outside shot at playoffs with win here. Placer 40, Foothill 24 – Hillmen rooting for BR win and co-title chance. Elsewhere: Del Oro 33, Woodcreek 17; Nevada Union 29, Rocklin 16; Granite Bay 33, Roseville 28.