Falcons dominate all-PVL picks

11 Colfax players earn first-team selections
By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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Reaping the rewards of a championship season, the Colfax High School Falcons dominated the all-Pioneer Valley League football team that was selected recently by a vote of the league’s coaches. Colfax, 5-0 in winning its second straight PVL grid title and 11-1 overall, landed 11 players on the league’s first-team selections and had five other players tagged as second-team picks. “I think the selection of our all-league players was a direct reflection of how our kids played in league games this season,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “To have a total of 16 players recognized is a high point for our program.” On offense, the Falcons placed six players, including Austin Young who was the PVL’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Young, a quarterback, passed for 2,752 yards this season by hitting on 124 of 201 passes. Young finished with 33 touchdown passes. A two-time all-PVL selection, Young ended his career in the No. 2 spot on Colfax’s all-time passing list for touchdowns (58) and yards passing (5,242). Joining Young on the offensive team were running back Hunter Perez, wide receiver David Mowbray and offensive linemen Dustin Downey, Brett Bowler and Cory Rodgers. Perez was a record setter for the Falcons this season as he gained 2,003 yards and scored 33 touchdowns – both school records. Perez, who scored 31 rushing touchdowns, also grabbed 12 passes for 172 more yards and two touchdowns. Mowbray also set a Colfax record this season in the pass receiving department. Mowbray’s 39 receptions of 1,098 yards accounted for an average gain of 28.91 yards, breaking the old record of 19.9 set by Robbie Lewis in 2000. Making all of the big seasons by Young, Perez and Perez happen was the efficient work up front by linemen Downey, Fowler and Rodgers. “To have three offensive linemen picked is an honor,” Martello said about the Falcons’ all-league line trio. “I don’t know if that’s ever happened here before.” Colfax’s defensive selections included linemen Jeremey Dawson and Cory Wilhelm, linebackers Roger Lillie and Benton Brown, and safety Nolan Karbowski. Both Dawson and Wilhelm were forces up front for the Colfax defense, while Lillie with 123 tackles and Brown with 66 were team leaders. Karbowski, meanwhile, added 61 tackles and two pass interceptions. Earning honorable mention or second-team honors for Colfax were Cameron Zebroff, Henry Freer and Matt Anglade on defense and Sam Quinlan and Austin Perry on offense. -------------------------- ALL-PIONEER VALLEY LEAGUE Offense OL – Dustin Downey, Colfax; Brett Fowler, Colfax; Cory Rodgers, Colfax; Spencer Bracey, Center; Michael Lowman, Foothill; Chris Acebo, Foothill; Mike Strangland, Placer; Tanner Anderson, Placer; Colin Taylor, Lincoln. TE – Brandon Woodner, Bear River. WR – David Mowbray, Colfax; Harley Sauers, Bear River; Ernesto Torres, Center. QB – Tyrel Anderson, Center. Off. MVP – Austin Young, Colfax. Defense Line – Jeremy Dawson, Colfax; Cory Wilhelm, Colfax; Preston Dobbins, Center; Dillon Huffman, Bear River; Tanner Jay, Placer; Anthony Maldonado, Lincoln. LB – Roger Lillie, Colfax; Benton Brown, Colfax; Jimmy Bamburg, Bear River; Colton Davenport, Placer. DB – Nolan Karbowski, Colfax; Cameron Tatem, Lincoln; Anthony Hess, Placer; Trevor McGhee, Bear River. Def. MVP – Eddie Vanderdoes, Placer Coach of the Year – Digol J’Beily, Center