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Falcons look good in opening win

Colfax taking on Bradshaw Christian Friday at 'Smackdown in Sac Town'
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It’s not often that a football team that scores 61 points in its season opener lines up for its second game against an opponent that actually rang up more points than they did. But that’s the case for Tony Martello’s Colfax High Falcons this Friday afternoon when they oppose Bradshaw Christian in the 4:30 p.m. kick-off game of the “Smackdown in Sac Town” football showcase at Grant High School in Sacramento. Something will definitely have to give in the Colfax-Bradshaw game as the Falcons are coming off a wild 61-30 win over El Camino while the Pride, last season’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. VI runners-up, rolled past West Campus, 63-0. Led by 5-11 210-pound running back Louis Correia’s 172 yards rushing and three touchdowns, the Pride built a 48-0 halftime lead over West Campus and never was threatened in the second half. Tickets for the “Smackdown” are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. The Colfax-Bradshaw game will precede the Placer-Brookside Christian game at 6:30 p.m. and the Del Campo versus Rancho Cotati of Soma County contest at 8:30 p.m. In addition, there is a full slate of games Saturday at Grant, highlighted by the feature game between the host Pacers and Long Beach Poly at 8 p.m. Getting back to Colfax’s win last Friday, the Falcons and visiting El Camino combined for over 900 yards of total offense in the 91 points scored. Colfax, which never punted on the night and scored on eight of its first nine possessions, led 21-0 in the second quarter, 34-15 at halftime, and 47-22 at the end of three quarters. The 61 points scored for the Falcons were the most points tallied in a game since Colfax’s 1999 team dropped 69 on Brookside Christian in a CIF playoff win. Remarkably, both Colfax and El Camino each had two touchdowns in the high-scoring affair nullified by penalty. “It was a wild night,” said Martello. “Both teams were going up and down the field. It was nice though to get the win. I’m proud of the way the kids played tonight.” For Colfax, senior quarterback Austin Young, who hit on his first nine passes on the night, connected on 12 of 15 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns including scoring strikes of 68 yards to Shawn Rawlins and 52 to Sam Quinlan that boosted the Falcons into a 27-7 advantage midway through the second quarter. Running back Hunter Perez also made his presence felt. Perez packed the ball 21 times for 243 yards and scored six touchdowns. The touchdown effort equaled the school record of six previously set by Josh Huber in 2001 against Rio Linda. Colfax also had strong efforts from junior running back Austin Perry who added 46 yards rushing on just six carries and Rawlins who picked up 41 more yards on four carries. “I thought the line did a pretty good job,” said Martello of the likes of Cory Rodgers, Brett Fowler and Dustin Downey. The trio helped Colfax pile up 352 yards on the ground and average over nine yards a carry. El Camino was able to keep things interesting mainly on the legs of running back Will McGehee (5x65) and the passing of quarterback Jonah Lessard (18-9-0, 143). Lessard found Demetrius Kuwabara on touchdown passes of 70 and seven yards and also scored on an 11-yard run himself. While the Falcons’ defense gave up a few big plays, good overall efforts on the night from Roger Lillie, Zack Coffman, Jeremy Dawson, Cam-eron Zebroff and Nolan Karbowski kept the Eagles in check. “We’re young on defense,” said Martello. “But we’ll get better. We learned a lot tonight.”