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PREP FOOTBALL

Colfax frosh hold off Lincoln for 13-7 victory

Time runs out on Zebras’ rally
By: Jim Linsdau of The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High freshmen football team mounted a rally after falling behind Colfax 13-0 Thursday on the Lincoln High campus. But the rally came too late as the Falcons escaped with a 13-7 win during the Fighting Zebras’ homecoming week.

With just a couple minutes remaining in the game, Lincoln marched 48 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Wagner carried the ball in from 1-yard out and Cache Peach’s point-after-touchdown kick pulled the Zebras within six of the visitors, but that ended the scoring.

In the closing minutes of the second half, Colfax recovered a Lincoln onsides kick attempt and ran the clock out.

“It’s tough to lose games. It’s tough to lose a (Pioneer Valley League) game,” Lincoln freshmen head coach Jon Scofield said. “The freshmen only have two league games with Colfax and Placer, where these games are very important to us.”

Although a loss Thursday, Scofield said his freshmen are doing a great job of picking up the system implemented two years ago by varsity head coach Chris Bean. He said the system is a bit complicated, but many of his players were introduced to it when playing for the Jr. Zebras Jr. Midget team.

The Falcons got on the scoreboard first on a 24-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Lincoln came back in the second quarter and drove to the Colfax 19 yard line, but that is where the drive stalled.

The Falcons scored their second touchdown in the third quarter on a pass play that covered 19 yards. Lincoln blocked the extra point to open and opportunity, but time was not on their side.

Shut out up to that point, the offensive line of Cade Culpepper, Gabriel Polkenhorn, Eduardo Mendoza, Jeff Handley and Guy Hamasaki pulled it together and the Zebras started moving the ball on the ground and through the air.

Running back Joey Maldonado began to find creases in the Colfax defense and quarterback Clayton Coats’ passes helped keep the Falcons off balance.

“Take away the tiny little things we did wrong, we did exactly what we wanted to do,” Scofield said. “They were running the right formations; we’re not having to correct them from the sidelines. And I think what is unique about freshmen, we do everything by hand signals.

“Again, having 14-year-olds on the field and we’re calling in hand-signs with everything that we have and them knowing what to do is absolutely amazing.”

Scofield said he is looking forward to when his freshmen team becomes varsity players. He said even if his squad was to go 0-10, if they reach varsity needing only fine tuning then he has accomplished his mission.

The freshmen coach said the Bean acronym is BMOC – Building Men of Character. Considering none of his 60 players have a grade-eligibility issue is testimony to the fact the system is definitely working.