Falcons football hosting Blue Devils Friday

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After three consecutive weeks on the road to open its football schedule, the Colfax High football team is hoping some home cooking this Friday night at Marson Stadium will help get the Falcons back on track. Following a 21-7 setback two weeks ago at Union Mine, the 2-1 Falcons gratefully took their “bye” week and then started to intensify drills this week for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. home opener against Davis. The Davis game is the first of three straight home tests for the Falcons. Colfax hosts Wheatland next week and then will entertain Center in the Pioneer Valley League opener on Oct. 1. Speaking of the PVL, Colfax coach Tony Martello is putting it on his squad that Friday’s Davis game and next week’s tilt with Wheatland could prove to be pivotal down the road in the Falcons’ bid to be playoff eligible. “The way the playoffs are now set up every game is important,” said Martello. “This Friday is indeed a big game for us.” In the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s new football playoff format, the only teams guaranteed playoff berths are a league’s first and second place finishers. After that, total wins figure into the playoff equation which like last season will see Div. IV split into a two eight team brackets. “Last year six wins pretty much got a team into the playoffs,” said Martello. “But that’s not a given. We have to go out every week and take care of business.” In hosting Davis on Friday, the meeting marks the first time in Colfax High grid history that the Falcons have a hosted a true Div. I opponent. The Blue Devils, with the third largest enrollment in the section at 2,778 students, are a member of the Delta Valley League which includes Grant, Elk Grove and Franklin. Davis has gone 2-8 the last two seasons and in Steve Smyte is under its third head coach in the last four years. Smyte, who was an assistant coach at Boise State and UC Davis before taking the Davis High position, has his team brining in a 1-2 record after a 31-7 win over Armijo of Fairfield and losses to Sacramento and Will C. Wood of Vacaville. “They do a good job on offense,” said Martello. “They have a very good back and two quarterbacks that both throw well.” Martello was referring to Courtney Williams, a 5-10 190-pound speedster who is averaging 6.47 yards per carry and the Blue Devils’ two-headed quarterback system in the form of junior Dane Deckers and senior Shane Reagan. For Colfax, quarterback Austin Young is one the team’s offensive leaders with 683 yards passing in three games. Tom Baldoni (138 yards) and Conner Brown (112 yards) are the rushing leaders while Chase Mosier is tops in the receiving department with 17 catches for 229 yards.