Former Falcs are shining in collegiate play

By: Mike Ray, Colfax Record Sports Editor
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Former Colfax High football standouts are making big impacts for their respective collegiate squads this season. Here’s a quick update on how some of the ex-Falcons are doing: In Arcata, at Humboldt State, the Lumberjacks are currently 6-2 on the season and play a key Great Northern Conference game Saturday when they host Central Washington. Former Colfax High quarterback Alex Rump (CHS ’07) has thrown for 1,098 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes. Rump, however, has been sidelined for the last three games for the ’Jacks with a shoulder injury. Another ex-Falcon, Colton Russi (CHS ’09), has worked his way into a starting linebacker’s role for the ’Jacks and had now accounted for 31 tackles. In last week’s 57-18 rout of Dixie State, Russi had five tackles, a sack and a pass break-up. Russi earned a scholarship out of Colfax to Portland State before earning Defensive Player of the Year honors at American River in 2010. Up in Ashland, Ore., Mike Olson is once again proving to be a “jack-of-all-trades” for the Southern Oregon Raiders as he approaches the 1,000 yard all-purpose mark this season. SOU is currently 5-2 on the season and ranked No. 10 in the NAIA Top 20. Last week in a 76-29 win over Montana Western, Olson scored a pair of touchdowns on 1-yard runs. He now has rushed 38 times for 180 yards and seven touchdowns, has caught 40 passes for 573 more yards and four touchdowns, and has returned nine punts for 141 yards and one more touchdown and taken back four kickoff returns for 76 yards. In Cedar City, Utah, true freshman quarterback Austin Young (CHS ’12) is dressing and traveling with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds this season. He will probably not be brought out of a “red-shirt” season barring an injury. Young is the quarterback of the Thunderbirds’ “scout team.” Southern Utah is currently 3-5 for the season. Two other ex-Falcons, both 2012 graduates -- Hunter Perez and Sam Quinlan -- are playing this season at Cabrillo College in Aptos. Cabrillo is a junior college that competes in the Coast Conference with the likes of Hartnell, Gavilan and Monterey Peninsula. Baseball wine-taster A fundraising “Wine Tasting” that will help support baseball at Colfax High School is set for Saturday, Nov. 17, at Winchester Country Club’s Tennis & Swim Center, 1400 Lodge View Drive in Meadow Vista. Tickets for the event are $20, which includes wine tastings and appetizers. Dessert will also be served, and there will be a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are available at the Colfax Pizza Factory or from Colfax High baseball players. For more information on the event contact Sue Kane at or 906-6888. Prep grid picks The crystal ball showed a 7-1 slate last week putting the season mark at 52-18. This week: Placer 33, Colfax 23 – With playoffs approaching, Hillmen trying to regain early form. Falcons’ passing game could keep this close. Lincoln 17, Bear River 16 – Bruins haven’t scored offensive touchdown since first play of the Colfax game three weeks ago. Center 34, Foothill 20 – Cougars have eye on PVL crown. Elsewhere: Del Oro 23, Nevada Union 21; Granite Bay 27, Woodcreek 15; Rocklin 22, Roseville 12; Sierra College 33, College of Sequoias 30; 49ers 26, Arizona 19.