Miscues spell doom for Falcons at Union Mine

By: Mike Ray
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After a promising start – a 57-yard touchdown pass from Austin Young to David Mowbray two minutes into the game – things went south for the Falcons’ football team Friday at Union Mine. Burdened by offensive miscues which included a pair of interceptions and dropped passes and some breakdowns on defense, the Falcons were outplayed by the host Diamondbacks and sent home with a 21-7 loss, their first of the season after two wins. The win was the first for Union Mine over a Colfax varsity team since 2001. “We knew going in that this would be a tough game,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “We didn’t execute and didn’t get it done.” Union Mine coach Dave Johnson, whose Diamondbacks and Falcons have had some good battles over the years, echoed Martello’s comments. “We were able to bring some pressure and got to their quarterback a couple times. The Colfax kids and coaches are a class act. We enjoy the rivalry with them — they’ve had the best of it for the last few years but tonight it was our turn.” Perhaps an indication of what kind of a night it would be for the Falcons came on the second play of the game when senior all-league linebacker Tom Baldoni went down with a knee injury. Baldoni, who had sat out the win over Durham the previous week after suffering a mild concussion in the opener versus El Camino, is Colfax’s top tackling leader and also a threat running the ball. “We had to change our game plan when Tommy went down,” said Martello. “We really hurt ourselves don in the red zone. We should have had at least two other scores.” As of press time, the severity of Baldoni’s injury was being diagnosed by medical officials. Hopefully, if the injury is a sprain or a hyper-extension, the senior could return in a few weeks. “We’ll see how this plays out with us having the off week,” said Martello about the team’s bye. “We have our fingers crossed.” Colfax turned the ball over three times in the first half while Peter Freer had a pass pick for the Falcons. Brothers Sean and Cody Tow also dealt the Falcons big blows as the shifty brothers carried the brunt of the Diamondbacks offense. Sean ran for 171 yards on 18 carries while his brother Cody picked up 62 more on 16 attempts. Quarterback Graham Bennett hit on seven-of-15 for 88 yards. For Colfax on offense, Young was 12 of 30 for 192 yards and two interceptions. Chase Mosier led the pass receivers with three catches for 64 yards while Shawn Rawlins caught two balls for 48 yards. On the ground, Conner Brown led the way for Colfax by picking up 96 yards on 11 rushes. Baldoni had 17 yards on three carries before being injured. Colfax has a bye this week on its schedule. The Falcons will host Davis Sept. 24 in their first home game of the season.