Ex-Falcons flying high

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Once again here in 2012, there are plenty of ex-Colfax High Falcons flying all over college football fields across the West. Here’s a small sampling: Last Saturday in Berkley at refurbished Memorial Stadium, there was a dose of Forest Green and White on each the Cal Bears and Southern Utah sidelines. For California, 1998 CHS graduate and former all-state quarterback Marcus Arroyo is the Bears’ quarterbacks coach and helped direct Cal’s 50-31 win over the Thunderbirds. Meanwhile, on the Southern Utah sideline, 2012 CHS grad Austin Young is dressing and on the travel squad with the T-Birds this season. The true freshman quarterback will not probably be used this season unless an injury to the starter comes about. By the way, Cal steps up in competition Saturday when they play in the Horseshoe at Ohio State. Up north in Ashland, Ore., senior all-purpose player Michael Olson is off to a fine start to his senior season with the Southern Oregon University Raiders. Two weeks ago, Olson scored touchdowns on a 2-yard run, a 25-yard pass reception and a 69-yard punt return to help Southern Oregon defeat Montana Western, 54-21. For his effort, Olson, a 2007 CHS graduate, was tagged as the Frontier Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Olson scored two more TDs last week, but the Raiders dropped a 50-32 decision to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. This week SOU is home against Dickinson State of North Dakota. Meanwhile, in Arcata, Humboldt State is off to a 2-0 start and helping engineer the two Lumberjack wins was Alex Rump, another former Falcon quarterback and a 2007 graduate at CHS. Last Saturday, Rump, a 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound junior, hit on 11 of 22 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns as Humboldt St. topped Asuza Pacific, 42-17. Humboldt State is now rated 11th in the nation among Div. II schools. One of Rupp’s teammates at HSU is 2008 CHS graduate Colton Russi, a junior linebacker who transferred from American River.