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Colfax shuts down Lincoln 28-7

Falcons grab share of Pioneer Valley League crown
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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LINCOLN – Tied 0-0 with Lincoln’s Zebras midway through the second quarter of Friday night’s Pioneer Valley League football game, the Colfax Falcons were looking for any kind of a spark to shrug off what looked to be a big case of the post-Placer win blues. And following an uneven first quarter which included three penalties, no pass completions, a bad center snap that lost 20 yards and a total of net 15 rushing yards, the Falcons found themselves back on their heels as the host Zebras used a Isaac Allen-led drive to push to the Colfax 14-yard line. But as quickly as the Falcons seemed to be trying to catch their breath on the ropes, junior safety Nolan Karbowski came up with the play of the night. “No question it was the game changer,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello about Karbowski’s interception of a Christian Perkins pass that he returned 47 yards to kick-start the Falcons’ eventual 28-7 pasting of the Zebras. “We needed something to get us going and Nolan’s pick was big,” said Martello. “ It turned the momentum our way.” It sure did. Following Karbowski’s interception, the Falcons scored on four straight possessions, building a 28-0 lead through three quarters and thoroughly dominating the defending Pioneer Valley League champions. With the win, the Falcons improved their PVL record to 4-0 and in the process cinched at least a share of the league championship, its seventh PVL grid crown over the past nine years. The victory also raised Colfax’s overall season mark to 7-2 and cinched a playoff berth. However, the Falcons will have to get past Bear River next Friday in Colfax if it wants to secure the outright PVL title and the No. 1 playoff spot and a likely high seed that will go with it. “We’re pleased with a piece of the title but we’re not done yet,” said Martello. “Bear River is a very good team and playing real well right now. They will be coming in next week on a mission of their own. We definitely will have our hands full.” Lincoln had its hands full with a balanced Colfax offense which outgained Zebras by a margin of 351 to 220 in total yards. Through the air, Colfax 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. 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. Rawlins, meanwhile, chipped in with 36 more yards. On defense, other than Allan, who finished with 165 yards on 26 carries, the Zebras were pretty much bottled up as the Falcons sacked Perkins five times for losses totaling 35 yards. Leading the way on defense for Colfax were Jeremy Dawson, Danny Walker, Austin Fitzhugh, Justin Anglade, Alex Chaney and Jake Karbowski. Peter Freer also added another pass interception. In the preliminary game, Lincoln posted a 21-0 win over the Falcons.