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Young gets better with age

Talented Colfax quarterback surrounded by weapons in Falcons’ explosive offense
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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COLFAX — Austin Young is perfectly honest when it comes to his relationship with Colfax High football coach Tony Martello. “I would say it’s bittersweet,” Young said. The third-year starting quarterback knows there’s a price to pay to join the list of great Falcon signal callers. The 6-5, 220-pound Young was the top QB in the Pioneer Valley League last season and is on his way to all-league honors again as a senior, but his coach isn’t about to let him get cocky. “Coach Martello always expects more, he always pushes for the best out of every player out here,” Young added. “It’s made me a lot better.” Colfax is 7-0 heading into tonight’s battle at Placer. The Falcons were underdogs against the Hillmen last season when they pulled off a 24-21 win in double overtime. Neither squad has shown a glaring weakness this season. Young and his high-flying offense are preparing to face a defense unlike any they’ve seen this season. “It’s the best defense we’ve faced,” Young said. “They’re big, strong and physical.” Colfax will test the Hillmen with a Swiss Army knife of an offense. Senior Hunter Perez leads the PVL in rushing, averaging 185 yards per game. Young spreads the ball around between David Mowbray, Sam Quinlan, Austin Perry, Shawn Rawlins and others in the Falcons’ pistol offense. Mowbray averages an eye-popping 31 yards per reception. “He just works hard during practice, gives it his all,” Young said of his good friend. Young and Mowbray skipped out on the halftime speech last week against Foothill to battle it out for homecoming king. Young took the crown and the bragging rights that go with it. “That’s alright,” Mowbray said. “There’s still prom.” Colfax’s offensive line is unsung, but makes it all happen for the Falcons. Seniors Dustin Downey and Brett Fowler lead the charge up front and Mowbray said newcomer Niall Gow has emerged as a force. “He came over from the defense this year and he’s playing really well,” Mowbray said. While Young’s numbers aren’t as lofty as some of his Colfax predecessors, the senior has been remarkably efficient. He’s completing 63 percent of his passes, averaging 21 yards per completion and has 19 touchdown passes with just two interceptions. Young is beginning to draw comparisons to the many other quarterbacks Martello has mentored. Marcus Arroyo, Nate Ray, Ben Galbraith and J.P. Greco all went on to play Division I football. Martello is confident Young will play at the next level, as well. Right now, Young and his teammates are busy soaking in a senior year that has been sensational so far. A win tonight would make it that much sweeter. “This is what all four years of hard work come down to,” Young said. “This is what we play for.”