Victory over Woodland evens Falcons' season

Colfax football team has bye on schedule this week
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Four games into the regular season and sitting with a modest 2-2 record, the Colfax Falcon football team hopes to make the best of this week’s “bye” in its schedule as Pioneer Valley League play looms just around the corner. Thanks to last Friday’s 34-7 drubbing of Woodland, the Falcons climbed back to the .500 mark with a win in which they lead 21-0 by halftime. Colfax coach Tony Martello now will now try to have his team focus on next week’s final non-league game against Mesa Verde, which carries more importance than first might meet the eye. “The Mesa game is important because of total wins helping for playoff purposes,” Martello said. “Right now we have two wins and we’re trying to get to three.” Further down the road, the Falcons will also be starting to put the pieces into place as they open defense of their PVL championship when league play starts in two weeks. By the luck of the draw, Colfax figures to face a pair of league contenders right from the get-go when they host Bear River (3-0) on Oct. 5 and Center (2-1) on Oct. 12. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Martello said. “The bye is a good time to get things cleaned up, get our timing and game plans down.” In last week’s win, Colfax pounced on four Wolves fumbles and received some big plays from its special teams unit to help treat the Falcon followers to an easy win in their first home appearance of the season. Senior defensive back Henry Freer helped spark the Falcons as he returned a pair of punts, one 37 yards to set up a touchdown and another 53 yards for a touchdown. “We’ve kind of been struggling on special teams but we were able to pick things up a bit tonight,” Freer said. “We kind of let up defensively in the second half but it was nice to get the win.” Freer’s first runback set up Michael Wilson then hooked up with Tanner Kane on a 19-yard scoring pass and a quick 7-0 Colfax lead. Late in the first quarter, Colfax sophomore Tim Rawlins recovered a Wolves fumble after a Kyle Bryant punt was mishandled at the Woodland 31 yard line. One play after the turnover, Wilson found Chas Reisinger over the middle on a 31-yard scoring play that boosted Colfax’s lead to 14-0. The Falcons, starting most of their drives with short fields, gained a season low 298 yards on offense. However, Colfax showed fine balance as Rawlins had his first varsity career 100-yard rushing game (14x102), which was highlighted by a 51-yard TD romp in the fourth quarter. Wilson, meanwhile, was 11 of 23 through the air for 166 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions. Reisinger was the top pass catcher with five catches for 74 yards, while Bryant had three grabs for 54 yards. Colfax did a commendable job of slowing Woodland’s spread attack as other than a 58-yard run by Joseph Duran in the first quarter, the Falcons allowed just 55 yards on 28 plays in the first half. “We gave up some yards in the second half but we had at times some different lineups out there,” said Colfax defensive coordinator Jeff Baggett. “It was good to get everyone in the game tonight.” Jack Baldoni, Charlie Perry and Mario Margherita had Colfax’s other fumble recoveries, while Baldoni, Freer, Cory Wilhelm and R.J. Hurley all played defensively in the win. Colfax 34, Woodland 7 Woodland 0 0 0 7 – 7 Colfax 14 7 7 6 – 34 Col – Kane 19 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick) Col – Reisinger 31 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick) Col – Freer 53 punt return (Wilson kick) Col – Rawlins 8 run (Wilson kick) Col – Rawlins 51 run (kick failed) Wood – Duran 23 run (Young kick) Rushing, Colfax Rawlins 14x103; Kane 2x14; Joiner 2x7; Moore 2x5; Wilson 4x3 Passing, Colfax Wilson, 23-11-2, 166. Receiving, Colfax Reisinger 5x74; Bryant 3x54; Kane 1x19; Rawlins 1x10; Harshman 1x9