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El Camino's Big Plays Sink Falcons, 28-13

Colfax Off To 0-2 Start For First Time Since 1996
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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SACRAMENTO - The learning curve for a young Colfax High football team continued here Friday night. Holding an explosive El Camino sqaud to a scoreless draw at halftime, the Falcons couldn't hold back the flood gates in the second half as the host Eagles scored on three plays of forty or more yards on their way to handing Colfax a 28-13 setback. The loss dropped the Falcons' record to 0-2 and marked the first time Colfax has lost its first two games to start a season since 1996, Tony Martello's first year at the reins of the Falcons. "We just gave up too many big plays," said Martello. "I also thought we missed some opportunities to score once or twice in the first half which could have changed the game." El Camino, now 2-0 on the season, broke the scoreless stalemate on the first play from scrimmage to start the second half when Desmond Boyd-Tanner took a mis-direction handoff and scooted 68 yards for a 7-0 El Camino lead. The Falcons answered the El Camino score with a nice 8-play 80-yard scoring drive of thir own that quarterback Michael Wilson capped when he found Chris Harshman on a fourth down 15-yard scoring pass. The Falcons missed the conversion try but trailed just, 7-6. Colfax recovered the ensuing pooch kick and seemed to be sitting pretty at the Eagles 34 but two plays later Drew Hassenplug intercepted Wilson to end the threat. The two teams then traded a pair of possessions through the remainder of the third quarter before El Camino increased their lead to 13-6 when tight end Anton Hollis took a pop pass from Jonah Lessard and tunred it into a 40-yard touchdown with 11:56 to play in the game. After a three and out on Colfax's next possession, the Eagles started to pull away when Kevin Wise snared a 33-yard touchdown pass from Lessard. The final El Camino score came with 7:29 to go when Mike Kintz turned a fullback dive into a 70-yard scoring run. Colfax's second touchdown drive of the evening was highlighted by the passing of Wilson. Thanks to a 25-yard strike to Harshman and another for 16 to Bryant, Wilson found Harshman again from 12 yards out with 2:27 to play. Wilson again was the maing cog in Colfax's offense as he hit on 23 of 41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Colfax, playing without leading rusher Tanner Kane, received more spark from sophomore Tim Rawlins who added 47 yards on the ground on 14 carries. Defensively, the Falcons didn't play that poorly outside of the big Eagle scoring plays. Jack Baldoni (two sacks), Jake Mederios, Baily Bean, Mario Margherita and Austin Mulderrig played well for the Falcons. Colfax plays at Union Mine next Friday. Colfax JVs 24 El Camino 21 - Trailing 21-18 with less than eight minutes left in the game, quarterback Logan Hurst capped a game winning scoring drive by scoring on a quarterback keeper from four yards away. The Falcons (2-0) then sealed the game when Brian Little sacked El Camino's quarterback on fourth down from the Falcons 18-yard line with under two minutes to play. Hurst also found Marcus Jackson on a 70-yard scoring pass in the game. Jeromy Cabodi, Pat Beninga and Sam LaHaie all turned in strong defensive outings. Colfax Frosh 28 El Camino 22 - The Falcons squared their season record at 1-1 with the win.