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Jr. Falcon Midgets, Peewees take divisions

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Two Colfax Jr. Falcon football squads — the Midgets and Pee Wees — traveled to Davis last Saturday with chances of bringing home Sacramento Youth Football League divisional championships. When the dust had settled, both Colfax teams won showdowns with their Davis opponents and will advance to this week’s first playoff round. They’ll be joined in the post season by the Jr. Peewees. The Jr. Falcons will be hosting playoff games Saturday at Marson Stadium. Colfax’s teams will play at 10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Jr. Falcon Midgets 18 Davis 14 — The rains came, but the home team was victimized. Davis struck quickly scorning on a 5-yard run after a 45-yard gallop by their fleet-footed quarterback. They converted for an 8-0 lead. In the second quarter, Tim Rawlins picked off a pass at the Davis 35. Logan Hurst ran for 5 and on the next play found Marcus Jackson for a 30 yard scoring pass. Dalton Bannister converted to tie at 8-8. Two possessions later, Rawlins punted to the Davis 28. The defense held, reinforced by an 8-yard sack by Sam Lahaie. Jeromy Cabodi then blocked the Davis punt and it was recovered by Dylan Strader at the Davis 11. A Hurst pass to Rawlins and conversion by Bannister put Colfax in the lead 16-8. In the second half, Rawlins punted to the Davis half-yard line. Two plays later the Davis runner was tackled by Strader in the end zone for a safety and 18-8 lead. Davis closed out the scoring by returning a punt and final 18-14 score. The Falcons’ defense was swarming. In addition to Cabodi’s punt block, Strader’s safety and Rawlins’ pick, Carrick Hoffart, Ray Henry and Sam Lahaie jumped on loose pigskins. Ian Gassaway, Alex Tobiasz, Jake Buol, Jeromy Cabodi, Mason Lewis, Beau Baggett, Avo Shahabian and Patrick Beninga held the high scoring Blue Devils (41.3 ppg) in check. Jr. Falcons Peewees 25 Davis 14 — Davis opened the scoring on a 7-play drive for a 6-0 lead. Colfax then came back in the 2nd quarter with Mason Ahrens scoring from 10 yards to tie at 6-6. Following the kickoff, Davis scored on its first play to go back in front 12-6 but Logan McGlothlan and Andrus Tejeda stuffed the extra point run attempt. In the third quarter, Garren O’Keefe outbattled a Davis defender for a Ryland Heimann pass. He then fought off a second tackler on his way to a 76-yard touchdown. Heimann was aided by a key block by Ahrens. Ahrens then ran in the extra point to take a 13-12 lead. On Davis’ next possession, Will Bessler caught the punter for a five-yard loss. Two possessions later, another punt attempt was swamped by McGlothlan, Bessler and Nate Sawi at the Davis 33. Three runs by Ahrens of 20, 3 and 10 yards put Colfax ahead 19-12. Gentry Owens, Seth McGlothlan, Tyler Nickerson, Colton Reeves, Sawi and Tejeda stopped Davis’ next drive. Taking over at their own 42, Ahrens took a handoff and the shifty back weaved his way through the Davis defense on a 58-yard scoring run to close out the scoring at 25-12. With :49 remaining, Dawson Hurst picked off a Davis Pass at the Colfax 29. Daniel Frye, Zach Fejes, Justin Ambrose, Michael O’Neill, Chris Thomason, David Allen and Trevor Searcy joined in on key defensive stops. Davis 26 Jr. Falcons Jr. Peewees 0 — Davis’ Pee Wees showed why they were 4-0. Sporting a 5.2 per game against and scoring 31.2 points per game, the bigger and faster Junior Blue Devils thwarted the Junior Falcons’ attempts at earning a higher seed in the playoffs. In the fourth quarter, Gannon Brothers sacked the Davis quarterback for 10 yards to the 50. From there, Travyn Heimann passed to Michael Lavigne for 38 yards. Working down to a 1st and goal at the six, Davis stiffened and stopped for rushing attempts. On defense, Lavigne recovered a fumble and Heimann intercepted a pass. Jacob Stuck led all tacklers with six. Also active on defense were Nick Nissen, Logan Wilkins, Elijah Welch, James Jefferson and Gannon Brothers. Davis 47 Jr. Falcons Jr. Midgets 8 — Starting from their own 21, Colfax fumbled on the third play and Davis promptly scored and converted for a quick 8-0 lead. The Junior Falcons then went on a 17-play drive culminating with a 3-yard run by Mason Hurst. Ben Tatnall converted to tie the score at 8-8. From there, it was all Davis as they reached their 37.5 ppg average and held Colfax under their 8.75 points against average. Zane McDade was a workhorse on offense gaining 71 yards on 18 carries. Dallan Trentman , Marc Avila and Hurst added 25, 19 and 15 yards respectively.