Falcons Overpower El Dorado, 42-7

Defense shuts down Cougars' ground game
By: Mike Ray Gold Country news Services
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PLACERVILLE - Hold the flowers, cancel the obituary and rip up the eulogy, the Colfax Falcons’ football team is alive and well. Buoyed by its best all-around performance of the season, the Falcons parlayed a 28-point second quarter into a rousing 42-7 romp over El Dorado here Friday night and in the process stayed in the thick of the chase for a Pioneer Valley League playoff berth. Saying that the Falcons were hitting on all cylinders against the Cougars who entered the game with a 2-0 PVL record may be an understatement. The Falcons, who in their last 10 quarters have outscored Whitney, Mesa Verde and El Dorado by a 98-27 count, recovered three Cougars’ fumbles, blocked an El Dorado punt and took back a punt return for a touchdown for the second consecutive week in building an insurmountable 35-0 lead by halftime. And when Colfax’s David Schweitzer scooped up a Cougars fumble and returned in 14 yards for a touchdown that put Colfax up 42-0 with 6:12 to play, the Falcons had squared their PVL record at 2-2 and improved to 4-3 overall. “A great, great effort tonight,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello whose team with the win remained in contention for the PVL’s third playoff spot. “The kids came out ready to play and really executed.” El Dorado entered the game averaging over 350 yards rushing an outing and sported three backs that were averaging over 10 yards plus a carry. However, a smothering Falcons’ defense allowed the Cougars’ wing-t ground-based attack just 94 yards on 31 carries as Colfax was able to shut down the Cougars’ running lanes with excellent defensive play from Russell Lorang, Austin Wood, Branden Pitz, Kyle Pierce, Travis Crowley and Dan Stephens. “The defense just did a super job of reading their keys, flowing to the ball and staying home.” Said Martello. “They were really focused tonight.” The Falcons weren’t exactly hurting on offense either. Quarterback Spencer Lewis threw for three touchdowns and 201 yards – in the first half – and junior speedster Pat Rawlins broke off a 42-yard touchdown run and returned a Cougars’ punt 77 yards for another score. Rawlins finished the game with 9 rushes for 81 yards while Jeff Divine, who hauled in second quarter scoring passes of 22 and 34 yards from Lewis to help Colfax build a 21-0 lead, finished the game with six catches for 123 yards. The Falcons started the evening off by scoring on their first offensive possession as Cody Shafer’s nine-yard scoring reception from Lewis capped a nine-play 70-yard drive. The key play in the march was a 38-yard pass from Lewis to Divine which took the ball to the five-yard line. Colfax’s Randy Whitlow and Matt Price both came up with first quarter fumble recoveries for the Falcons and Colfax was able to cash in on the second turnover when Divine caught a 22-yard scoring toss from Lewis at the 10:56 mark of the second quarter to make it 14-0. On El Dorado’s next possession three plays gained two yards and the Falcons then took over with good field position when Shaun Wood blocked the ensuing Cougars punt at the El Dorado 41. Two plays later the count was 21-0 Colfax when Divine got behind the Cougars’ secondary and Lewis, who was 17 of 27 for 231 yards on the night, hit him in stride on a 34-yard scoring play with 8:42 left in the half. Colfax’s defense forced yet another three and out and five plays later Rawlins went off tackle, broke to the outside and was gone, 42-yards for another six points making the score, 28-0. Finally, with 3:11 left in the half, the Falcons capped their huge second quarter when Rawlins fielded a Cougars punt at his own 17, started right and then cutback to his left where he picked up some excellent blocking on his way to a 77-yard touchdown return. The sixth of seven successful Mackey Leal extra points in the game made the score 35-zip Falcons at halftime. Other Colfax standouts in the win included Shafer who rushed five times for 43 yards and also caught four passes and Keith Russell who had five grabs for 62 more yards. Defensively, Eric Talso, Tom Baldoni, Nick Turcotte. Kyle Pierce, Brandon Downey and Mike Davis all chipped in with good showings. Colfax steps out of PVL play next Friday and will host Highlands in its mandated PVL-GEL cross-over game. Colfax JVs 33 El Dorado 12 - In the JV game, Colfax improved to 4-0 in the PVL by overcoming six turnovers to take a 33-12 win. Conner Brown rushed 18 times for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns and backfield mate Josh Moreno added 154 yards on 16 carries and scored two more touchdowns. Avery Baccala was seven of 14 passing for 111 yards with one touchdown, a 41-yarder to Chase Mosier. On defense, Colfax received good efforts from Connor Sullivan, Austin Fitzhugh, Danny Walker, Austin Leal, Nolan Karbowski and Ian Probert. Colfax 7 28 0 7 -42 El Dorado 0 0 0 7 -7 Col – Shafer 9 pass from Lewis (Leal kick) Col – Divine 22 pass from Lewis (Leal kick) Col – Divine 34 pass from Lewis (Leal kick) Col - Rawlins 42 run (Leal kick) Col - Rawlins 77 punt return (Leal kick) Col – Schweitzer 14 fumble return (Leal kick) ED – Williams 12 run (Darr kick)