Falcons Blank Bruins, 24-0; Win Outright PVL Title

Stingy Colfax defense shuts down Bear River
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – Three months after being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, a proud Colfax High football program helped its mending proccess here Friday night. Putting tumultuous off-field events to start the season behind them, the undaunted Falcons capped off a perfect march through the Pioneer Valley League by defeating Bear River 24-0 to capture the outright PVL title. Using a stingy defense as its catalyst, the Falcons rallied behind its shutdown defensive effort to hold the Bruins to just 89 total yards of offense in securing its seventh PVL championship over the past nine seasons. “The kids could have tossed in the towel a ways back but the stars were really aligned for them,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “The players and the coaches really worked hard for this. I’m so happy for our kids.” With the win, Colfax finishes the regular season 5-0 in the PVL and 8-2 overall and will now await to see where they land in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff seeding which will be announced Saturday afternoon. It is most likely the Falcons will receive a high seed in the section’s Div. IV B playoff bracket and earn a home playoff game next Friday. It will be the Falcons’ first home playoff contest since the 2006 season. Bear River, meanwhile, which entered the game seeking a share of the PVL crown, ends its regular season at 7-3 and is projected to be an at-large entry into next week’s Div. IVA playoff bracket. For Colfax, the game turned into an early chess match of field position and the Falcons were able to capitalize on what Bear River was giving them. After leading 10-0 at halftime, the Falcons put the hammer down on the Bruins with 14 fourth quarter points. “We made some early mistakes but Bear River had a good defensive game plan,” said Martello. “We were finally able to sustain some drives in the second half and our defense did a super job tonight.” After a 0-0 first quarter, the Falcons started the scoring early in the second period when Matti Geissler booted through a 30-yard field. Geissler’s kick capped a 10-play 54-yard drive which featured runs of 10 and 12 yards by Tom Baldoni and a pass interference call on the Bruins. Following Colfax’s opening score, the Falcons and Bruins traded possessions before Colfax picked up good field position following a Bruins punt at the BR 41. Sparked by a 27-yard pass from Austin Young to Shawn Rawlins and runs totaling 17 yards by Baldoni, the Falcons upped the count to 10-0 when Baldoni dove into the end zone from two yards out making the score 10-0 with just 1:59 to play in the half. The scoreless third quarter saw both teams thwart each other. Bear River had its best push of the night by using the running of Sam Houston and Dallen Huetter to drive to the Colfax 13-yard line, but the Falcons, led by Roger Lillie, Alex Chaney, Josh Moreno and Jeremy Dawson, held on downs at the 11-yard line. The Falcons final score came at the 3:54 mark of the fourth quarter when Conner Brown scored from two-yards away. A 17-yard pick-up by Shawn Rawlins sparked the seven play 51-yard drive. Earlier in the period, Colfax defensive back Peter Freer intercepted a Huetter pass and returned it 25 yards to the Bruins 40. Five plays later Young executed a perfect screen pass which Baldoni hauled in and took 32 yards for the TD that made the score, 17-0. Colfax had several standouts on defense as Freer, Moreno, Alex Chaney, Francis Sanford, Brennan Holman, Austin Fitzhugh, Jake Karbowski and Danny Walker all had strong efforts. In a remarkable statistic, the Falcons' starting defensive unit in a three-game stretch against Placer, Lincoln and Bear River, allowed just one touchdown in 12 quarters of regulation play. Colfax, which totaled 379 yards of offense on the night, was led by Badoni’s 130 rushing yards on 29 carries and a 9 of 17 passing night from Young for 149 yards. Chase Mosier was the leading receiver with seven catches for 105 yards. Bear River’s Sam Houston accouted for over two-third of his team’s offensive output by rushing 15 times for 63 yards. Bear River JV 34 Colfax 0 - The Bruins capped their second straight 10-0 season with the shutout win. Colfax ended the season with a record of 4-6. Cody Heard and Michael Raigoza each scored touchdowns for the Bruins. Colfax Freshman 27 Bear River 8 - Chas Resinger and Chancey Trentman each scored a pair of touchdowns as the Falcons grabbed the PVL championship. Quarterback Michael Wilson connected on 15 of 19 passes for 155 yardsand one score for the winners who finished the season with a record of 8-1-1.