Plenty At Stake For Falcons-Bruins

With Share Of PVL Crown, Colfax After Outright Title
By: Mike Ray, Record Sports Editor
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The Colfax Falcons have it. The Bear River Bruins want it. And, just for fun, so do the Placer Hillmen . That’s just one of the numerous storylines developing for Friday night’s big Pioneer Valley League football showdown between Bear River and Colfax. Kickoff at CHS’ Marson Stadium in the 23rd renewal of the cross-river series that dates back to 1986 is set for 7:30 p.m. “It’s a big game for us and them,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello about the match-up with the Bruins that will decide whether the Falcons win the PVL outright or a multi championship goes into the books. “Bear River has have been playing very good football. We’re expecting another very tough game.” For Colfax, the Falcons – after a two-year hiatus – returned to the top of the PVL as they used last Friday’s 28-7 win at Lincoln to grab a share of the PVL championship. Remarkably, it was Colfax’s seventh PVL championship over the past nine seasons. It was also the 11th time in his 15-year tenure at the helm of the Falcons that Martello has guided his squad to a league championship. “I’m happy for the kids, they really worked hard to get this,” said Martello following the win at Lincoln. “They’ve overcome a lot this season but we have to move on. Hopefully, we still have a lot of football ahead of us.” For the uninformed, here’s what’s on the table in Friday’s game: ·With a win, the Falcons (4-0, 7-2) will secure the outright PVL title and the league’s No. 1 automatic playoff berth to the playoffs that goes with it. ·With the PVL’s No. 1 spot – and their 8-2 record - it is likely that the Falcons would also be awarded a No. 1 or 2 seed for the postseason which could translate into two or perhaps three home games. ·On the other side of the coin, a Bear River win does this: The Bruins (3-1, 7-2) would grab a co-championship with the Falcons – and whether Placer defeats Foothill – the possibility of a three-way tie could exist. ·In the scenario with Bear River winning and a three-way tie emerging, Placer, by virtue of its plus 10 point total in the CIF tie-breaker, would be awarded the PVL’s No. 1 berth and the Bruins would be the No. 2 representative. Meanwhile, Colfax, with a loss Friday, would still qualify for the playoffs but at 7-3 would be an at-large team and most likely have to hit the road for the postseason. In last Friday’s win at Lincoln, the Falcons shook off a sluggish opening quarter and used a key second quarter pass interception by junior safety Nolan Karbowski to help kick-start the eventual 28-7 win. Following Karbowski’s interception, the Falcons went on to score on their next four possessions, grabbing a 14-0 lead by halftime and eventually extending it to 28-0 by the end of the third quarter. Colfax displayed a balanced offense on the night as the Falcons outgained Lincoln by a 351-210 margin in total yards. Through the air, quarterback Austin Young spread it around as he tossed touchdown passes to four different receivers. Chase Mosier caught a five-yarder to get the scoring started in the second quarter before Shawn Rawlins made a beautiful diving grab from 21 yards away to make the score 14-0 Colfax at halftime. Young has now thrown for 1,561 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. In the third quarter, Josh Moreno hauled in another Young scoring pass, this time from 24 yards out. Alan Meyers competed the scoring late in the third quarter by catching a five-yard scoring aerial. Tom Baldoni led the rushing attack for Colfax by gaining 133 yards on 21 carries. The effort allowed Baldoni to go over the 1,000 yard rushing mark. In basically seven games, Baldoni has totaled 1,104 yards. On defense, other than Allan, who finished with 165 yards on 26 carries, the Zebras were pretty much bottled up as they sacked Perkins five times for losses totaling 30 yards. Leading the way on defense for Colfax were Jeremy Dawson, Danny Walker, Austin Fitzhugh, Alex Chaney and Jake Karbowski. Peter Freer also added another pass interception.