Falcons complete 5-0 preseason

Martello wins 150th
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The Colfax Falcons football team put an impressive 5-0 pre-season into the books last Friday night with a lopsided 49-12 drubbing over the host Wheatland Pirates. In rolling to a 42-0 lead by the halftime break, the Falcons scored on all six of their first-half possessions and shut down a high-powered Wheatland running game. “We had a very good week of practice and it really showed tonight,” said Colfax quarterback Austin Young who didn’t attempt a pass in the second half but still was eight of 11 through the air for 134 yards and three touchdowns, all to Sam Quinlan. “With PVL a week away, this should give us a nice boost.” Almost lost in Colfax’s impressive win was the fact the Falcons also handed veteran coach Tony Martello his 150th career win. Now in his 16th season at Colfax, Martello’s record is 150-33 for a remarkable .712 winning percentage. “The win was nice to get but it’s really about the kids,” Martello said following the game. “Getting to this point means that through the years I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of good players and coaches around me.” Colfax, which will travel to Center this Friday to open its PVL season, did the majority of its damage early as Quinlan – who had a nice all around game with 85 receiving yards and 64 more yards on the ground – was joined in the touchdown parade by Hunter Perez. Perez also added four scores and recorded his third 200-yard plus rushing night by gaining 203 yards on 19 carries. Quinlan snared scoring pass of 9, 18 and 21 from Young, while Perez tallied his touchdowns on jaunts of six, nine, nine and 17. Austin Perry was also a factor for the Falcons with 41 more yards on just five carries. Meanwhile, Nehemiah Bailey chipped in with 23 more yards on seven carries. Colfax’s defense was keyed by Nolan Karbowski’s two interceptions and another by sophomore Chancey Trentman. The Falcons sacked Pirates quarterback Justin Bragg five times, with Cory Wilhelm leading the way with a pair. Also standing out on the defensive side of the ball were strong outings from Benton Brown, Henry Freer, Jeremy Dawson and Roger Lillie. Kicker Ben Rooker was also a perfect 7 for 7 on extra point boots. With the opening of PVL games on the horizon, Martello is anticipating a real battle for league honors. “We have a very strong league this season,” said the Colfax coach. “I’m very impressed with both Placer and Bear River. It should be an exciting race.” Colfax JV 31, Wheatland 0 – Tanner Kane and Jake Mederios each ran for a touchdown and Christopher Harshman and Kyle Bryant caught scoring passes from Michael Wilson as the Falcons improved to 4-1 with the Thursday night win. Wilson was 12 of 15 passing for 185 yards and also added an 18-yard field goal. Defensive stalwarts were Bailey Bean with an interception and Brenden Flagg with a fumble recovery. Colfax Frosh 26, Galt 6 – Colfax’s freshman squad improved to 5-0 on the season with the road win over the Warriors. The Falcons return to Galt this afternoon to play Liberty Ranch at 5:30 p.m.