Falcons Can't Overcome Miscues In 28-21 Loss

Argonaut Holds Off Colfax In Opener
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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JACKSON - Season opening football games are more often than not filled with the shrill of officials' whistles and more than your share of first game mistakes. Such was the case here Friday night for the Colfax Falcons in their 2012 season debut. "We just stubbed our toe a few too many times to get the win," said Colfax coach Tony Martello after his Falcons played on even terms with a veteran Argonaut team in the second half before eventually falling, 28-21. "We lost two critical fumbles and threw a pick for a score. You can't do that against good teams." Despite the setback to the defending Mother Lode League champions who are considered a CIF Div. IV title contender this season, Martello saw enough good things from his young squad that ventures to guess there will be better days down the road. "I liked the way our kids kept battling all the way to the end," said the Colfax coach. "We had a lot of kids playing their first varsity game tonight and they came in wide-eyed. They all did a good job. "We'll get better but we have a whole lot of work to do." For Colfax, the game will be used as a building block. Despite finding themselves down 7-0 just two plays into the game after Argonaut's Colton Merriman returned Michael Wilson's first pass attempt of the season 14 yards for a touchdown, the Falcons kept things close for much of the first half thanks to some superb defensive play. Led by the efforts of Jack Baldoni, Austin Mulderrig, Henry Freer, Mario Margherita and R.J. Hurley, the Falcons forced the Mustangs' double-wing attack more to the air than the hosts usually like. On the night, Colfax limited Argonaut's potent 400-yard plus ground average to just 189 yards, 57 coming on one Ryan King run in the third quarter that made the score, 28-7. But following King's tally, the Falcons went 66 yards in eight plays to stay in the game at 28-14 with 1:15 left in the third when Tanner Kane scored on a three-yard run. The Falcons and Mustangs then traded possessions as the fourth quarter opened before Colfax made things interesting. Starting at their 10-yard line, Wilson found Kyle Bryant on passes of 19 and 38 yards before hitting Chris Harshman twice inside the 20. Those last two aerials set up Kane's one-yard plunge for a touchdown that cut Argonaut's lead to 28-21 with 3:18 to go. Using its defense and time-outs, Colfax forced the Mustangs into a three and out but any hopes of a Falcons comeback went out the window when the visitors muffed the ensuing Argonaut punt on their own 15-yard line. "We may have had a shot there." said Martello. "We struggled with our return game all night." Colfax finished with 388 yards of offense with Wilson hitting on 25 of 44 pass attempts for 285 yards. On the ground, meanwhile, Kane carried the ball 14 times for 103 yards and scored two touchdowns. Colfax will play at El Camino next Friday. Colfax JV 18 Argonaut 6 - Logan Hurst threw touchdown passes to Marcus Jackson and Dalton Bannister and also ran for another to lead the Falcons to the opening night win. Hurst carried the ball 11 times for 73 yards while Sam LaHaie added 63 more yards on 14 carries. Brian Little, Pat Beninga, Ryan Roblez and Jeromy Cabodi all had good defensive outings. Argonaut 28 Colfax 21 Colfax 0 0 14 7 -21 Argonaut 7 7 14 0 -28 A- Merriman 14 inter. return (Pineda kick) A- King 15 run (Pineda kick) A - Merriman 65 pass from Hayes (Pineda kick) C - Harshman 9 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick) A - King 57 run (Pineda kick) C - Kane 3 run (Wilson kick) C - Kane 1 run (Wilson kick) Rushing Colfax - Kane 14x103; Wilson 4x(-16); Argonaut - King 18x126; Merriman 9x25; Hayes 7x17; Patrick 3x16; Love 3x5. Passing Colfax - Wilson 44-25-1, 285; Argonaut - Hayes 9-12-1, 102. Receiving Colfax - Harshman 9x77; Bryant 5x138; Kane 6x18; C. Reisinger, 5x51; Argonaut - King 4x16; Merriman 3x78; Love 1x7, Chansler 1x3.