Wednesday Sep 05 2012
Falcons still looking for elusive first win
Colfax falls to El Camino, 28-13
For the second straight wee, the Colfax Falcons’ football team found out that playing a full four quarters could be the team’s best ingredient to trying to find that elusive first grid win of the season. For the first time since 1996 – coach Tony Martello’s maiden season at the helm of the Falcons – Colfax has slipped to 0-2 to start a season. “We’re not far off,” said the Falcons head coach after his troops dropped a 28-13 decision last Friday. “We’re a play here or there from getting that win. We’ll go back to work this week and see if we can get there.” Playing an improved, upstart El Camino program that Colfax had thrashed 61-30 a year ago, the Falcons held the Eagles to a scoreless first half before the flood gates opened in the second half as the hosts scored on three plays of 40 or more yards on their way to handing the Falcons a 28-13 setback. "We just gave up too many big plays," Martello said. "I also thought we missed some opportunities to score once or twice in the first half which could have changed the game." El Camino, now 2-0 on the season, broke the scoreless stalemate on the first play from scrimmage to start the second half when Desmond Boyd-Tanner took a misdirection handoff and scooted 68 yards for a 7-0 El Camino lead. The Falcons answered the El Camino score with a nice eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive of their own that quarterback Michael Wilson capped when he found Chris Harshman on a fourth down 15-yard scoring pass. The Falcons missed the conversion try but trailed just 7-6. Colfax recovered the ensuing pooch kick and seemed to be sitting pretty at the Eagles 34, but two plays later Drew Hassenplug intercepted Wilson to end the threat. The two teams then traded a pair of possessions through the remainder of the third quarter before El Camino increased their lead to 13-6 when tight end Anton Hollis took a pop pass from Jonah Lessard and turned it into a 40-yard touchdown with 11:56 to play in the game. Colfax's second touchdown drive of the evening was highlighted by the passing of Wilson. Thanks to a 25-yard strike to Harshman and another for 16 to Bryant, Wilson found Harshman again from 12 yards out with 2:27 to play. Wilson again was the main cog in Colfax's offense as he hit on 23 of 41 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Colfax, playing without leading rusher Tanner Kane, received more spark from sophomore Tim Rawlins who added 47 yards on the ground on 14 carries. Rawlins also caught 10 passes in the game for 89 yards. Defensively, the Falcons didn't play that poorly outside of the big Eagle scoring plays. Jack Baldoni (two sacks), Jake Mederios, Baily Bean, Mario Margherita and Austin Mulderrig played well for the Falcons. Colfax now faces another tough test on Friday at Union Mine. Although 0-2 on the season, the Diamondbacks have played their first two games without star running back Sean Tow who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Tow, who has rushed for 181 and 252 yards against the Falcons the last two seasons, is expected to play Friday.