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Falcons corral mustangs

Colfax 49, Foothill 34
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If there’s been one constant about the 2012 Colfax High School football team this season, it’s that the Falcons have taken their fans on a wild roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys. And, with two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Falcons need to steady their ship in their late bid to reach the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. “It’s been a work in progress this season,” said coach Tony Martello, whose Falcons have qualified for the post season in 14 of his 16 seasons at the helm of the Colfax program. “We’re a little nicked up in the injury department but the kids are hanging in there.” While the playoff scenario for the Falcons (4-4, 1-2) still covers a wide spectrum of possibilities, early returns point to Colfax having to win at least one of their final two games to reach 5-5 and have a shot at the post season. Two wins and a 6-4 record would cement the playoff berth. But the Falcons’ road to the post season won’t be easy. Friday, Sacramento-area No. 6 rated and State North Div. II Bowl No. 1 ranked Placer comes to Colfax for a 7:30 visit and on Friday, Nov. 2 the Falcons will close at Lincoln. Last Friday, Placer improved to 8-0 on the season by using a last second field goal to defeat Lincoln, 10-7. In Friday’s opponent, Martello calls the visiting Hillmen one of the best teams he can remember the PVL ever producing in the 10-year history of the circuit. “They are a very talented team with no weaknesses,” Martello said. “They have more Div. I guys than any team in this league has seen. We’re going to have to play our best game of the year and then get some breaks just to stay in the game.” In last week’s game at Foothill, the Falcons looked headed for a runaway when they built a three touchdown lead late in the third quarter, but Colfax had to weather a late storm by the host Mustangs before pulling out a wild 49-34 win. Colfax seemingly had the contest under control when they used one of four Tim Rawlins' touchdown runs on the night to build a 35-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the game. But from there the contest turned into a track meet as the host Mustangs scored 20 straight points to pull within 35-34 with just over four minutes to go. However, from there, Colfax used a six-yard run by Rawlins for one score and a 28-yard touchdown pass from Michael Wilson to Kyle Bryant to ice the victory. Colfax led 7-0 after a quarter following an 8-yard touchdown run by Rawlins. Foothill tied the count at 7-7 but the Falcons went into halftime ahead 21-7 after Chas Resinger caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Wilson and Rawlins, who rushed for 172 yards on 28 carries, added another six-yard effort. The two squads traded third quarter touchdowns before the wild fourth quarter saw 41 total points go on the scoreboard. Wilson enjoyed a good night passing as he hit on 25 of 40 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns. His big targets were Reisinger, who caught 10 balls for 108 yards, and Bryant, who had eight grabs for 158 yards. FALCON-HILLMEN GRID LOG 2011 – Colfax, 41-28 2010 – Colfax, 24-21 (2OT) 2009 – Placer, 34-27 2008 – Placer, 34-28 2007 – Colfax, 13-0 2006 -- Colfax 31-0 1992 – Placer, 35-6 1991 – Placer, 37-15 (Series tied 4-4) PIONEER VALLEY LEAGUE FOOTBALL W L Center 3 0 Placer 3 0 Colfax 1 2 B. River 1 2 Lincoln 1 2 Foothill 0 3 FRIDAY'S GAMES: Placer at Colfax, 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Foothill at Center Lincoln at Bear River