Colfax will miss playoffs after 28-20 loss to LincolnBy: Mike Ray / Gold Country News Service
LINCOLN – Three bricks shy of a load.
Stealing a line from Roy Blount Jr., that pretty much summed up the Colfax Falcons’ football finale here Friday night vs.Lincoln, and for the most part, the sum of their 2012 season.
Needing a win to become CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff eligible, the Falcons turned in a valiant effort but again were victimized by enough little miscues that added up to the stinging defeat that will keep the Falcons home from the postseason for only the second time in the past 17 seasons.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot enough to not get it done,” said disappointed Colfax coach Tony Martello after his Falcons dropped a tough 28-20 decision to the Zebras. “This one hurts.”
Colfax finished the season with a record of 4-6 and 1-4 in Pioneer Valley League play, the Falcons poorest showing in league action since the 1995 season. Lincoln, meanwhile, improved to 5-5 on the season and finished 2-4 in league play. The Zebras will have to await until Saturday to find out if they had enough opponent wins to earn an at-large berth into the Div. III playoffs.
Twice in Friday’s game, Colfax had leads that were short-lived as Zebras junior quarterback Davis Dykstra proved to be a pain in the Falcons’ neck with both his feet and arm.
Dykstra’s first big play came midway through the second quarter after Colfax quarterback Michael Wilson had connected with Kyle Bryant on a nine-yard scoring pass that gave the Falcons a 13-7 lead.
On the first play after Colfax’s ensuing kickoff following the score, Dykstra connected with Cameron Tatem on a 57-yard pass play down to Colfax’s 7-yard line. Two plays later Tatem went over from four yards out and Alex Diaz booted the extra point for a 14-13 margin.
In the second half, still trailing by a point, the Falcons took advantage of a Jake Mederios fumble recovery at the Zebras 27-yard line when Wilson found Tanner Kane on the next play for a 20-14 Colfax advantage.
But the lead didn’t last long.
On the Zebras’ first play after the Falcons’ kickoff, Dykstra rolled out to his right, found all his receivers covered and then slithered his way through the Colfax defense for a 65-yard touchdown run. Diaz’s extra point made it 21-20 Lincoln with 4:43 left in the third quarter.
The Falcons still had plenty of time to mount a comeback but after an 18-yard run by Austin Perry, the Zebras sacked Wilson twice to force a punt. On Colfax’s next possession, the Zebras sacked Wilson two more times, which eventually changed the field enough for Dykstra to score on a two-yard keeper for a 28-20 lead.
With seven minutes left to play, the Falcons tried to comeback yet again and after a pair of Lincoln pass interference fouls found themselves marching with decent field position. But on first down at the Zebras 38, a double pass by Colfax was intercepted by Dykstra to end the threat.
Wilson ended the evening with a 21 of 32 night in the air for 278 yards. He finished the season with 2,803 yards passing, the most by a junior in Colfax High history.
Bryant (6x810 and Christopher Harshman (6x67) were the top receivers on the night while Perry, who was injured for the majority of the this year after having a standout junior season in 2011, carried the ball 10 times for 57 yards in his first appearance in 2012.
Dykstra led Lincoln with 95 yards on 12 carries. He also hit on three of nine passes for 69 yards.
Colfax JV 7 Lincoln 6 – Colfax’s Sam LaHaie and Ryan Roblez teamed to stop a two-point conbversion try by the Zebras with 43 seconds left in the game to preserve the Falcons’ victory. The Falcons finished the season with an 8-2 record.
Colfax 6 7 7 0 – 20
Lincoln 7 7 7 7 – 28
Lin – Hubbard 5 run (Diaz kick)
Col – Bryant 9 pass from Wilson (kick failed)
Col – Kane 10 run (Wilson kick)
Lin – Tatem 4 run (Diaz kick)
Col – Kane 27 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick)
Lin - Dykstra 65 run (Diaz kick)
Lin – Dykstra 2 run (Diaz kick)