Placer can’t chase down Colfax

Falcons take control of PVL title race with 41-28 win
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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The Colfax High football team played a near-perfect first half Friday night at Le Febvre Stadium. The Falcons defended their lead throughout a smashmouth second half and drained the clock much to the dismay of the thousands of Placer fans packed into the stands and standing around the track. But Colfax still found itself pinned deep in its own end, needing 10 yards for a first down with just over three minutes left in the contest. Austin Young tossed the ball to Hunter Perez, who followed a fleet of blockers 27 yards for a first down that took the wind out of the Hillmen’s comeback. Colfax took charge in the Pioneer Valley League title race with a 41-28 victory over Placer (2-1 PVL, 6-2 overall). The Falcons remained unbeaten through eight games and moved to 3-0 in the PVL. Placer rallied from a 27-7 halftime deficit, but the home team didn’t grab the momentum until the fourth quarter. Brad Spangler’s 2-yard TD run cut Colfax’s lead to 33-21 early in the fourth. Placer sliced the lead to just five points when Peter Denham found Anthony Hess in the corner of the end zone with a 24-yard touchdown toss with 4:51 on the clock. Perez, who finished with 213 rushing yards on 31 carries, rumbled for a 34-yard gain on the Falcons’ final drive to set up Sam Quinlan’s 38-yard TD run for the game’s final score. Senior Zach Coffman had an interception on Placer’s ensuing drive and the Colfax celebration was on. Young had a big night, completing 15 of 22 passes for 316 yards. He hit David Mowbray with an 80-yard TD pass in the first half and capped a key third-quarter drive with a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Dustin Downey. The Falcons’ receiving corps was tremendous, keeping drives alive with several acrobatic plays. “Our receivers played out of their minds,” Martello said. Placer could not get untracked in the first half. Isaac Brahce had an interception to set up a Spangler TD run in the first quarter, but the Colfax defense forced two punts and added an interception by Henry Freer in the second quarter. “The offense came out on fire and built the momentum up for us,” Colfax senior linebacker Roger Lille said. “This is one of the best feelings ever. So much hard work and effort went into this game.” Colfax JVs 41 Placer 19 - Freshman Tim Rawlins returned the opening kickofff 77 yards for a touchdown and the Falcons never looked back in handling the hosts and raising their season record to 7-1. Colfax quarterback Michael Wilson shreaded the Hillmen secondary by hitting on 23 of 30 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Kyle Bryant, Blake Rawlings and Chris Harshman all caught scoring passes while Tanner Kane and Chas Reisinger added scoring runs.