Falcons Open Season With 28-7 Win

Trio Of Running Backs Grind Up Center
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – A three-pronged running attack, an efficient passing game and a swarming defense helped the Colfax Falcons kick off their 2009 football season on a winning note here Friday night. Out gaining visiting Center in total yards by a dominating 276-58 margin in the first half, the Falcons scored the game’s first four touchdowns on their way to posting a 28-7 verdict over the Cougars. Led by senior tailback Pat Rawlins’ 102 yards rushing and three touchdown performance, the Falcons built a 28-0 halftime margin before cruising home in the second half. “We have a lot of new faces out there this year and it was nice to see people step up and get a win,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello who has only five returning starters back from last season’s team which went 6-4. “We made some mistakes but that’s expected in the first game of the year,” said the Colfax coach. “Overall it was a good effort that we can build on.” While a lot of prep football forecasters knew that Rawlins would be a big part of Colfax’s offense this season, the talented senior running back had plenty of help. Junior halfback Josh Moreno added 85 more ground yards on just 10 carries while David Schweitzer, who lined up in Martello’s new two-back look in the team’s “Pistol” offense at a variety of spots, added 73 more yards on 11 carries. Meanwhile, senior quarterback Mark Machholz, making his first varsity start, managed the team well along with hitting on 7 of 15 passes for 133 yards. Machholz’ last pass of the first half was a big one as he found Moreno on a 65-yard scoring play with just 1:32 left that moved Colfax into their 28-0 intermission bulge. The Falcons continued to move the ball well in the second half but had a pair of drives fizzle that ended up in two Mackey Leal field goal attempts which were wide. Leal was perfect on four extra point boots. Leading Colfax’s defensive effort was linebacker Tom Baldoni who squelched one Center threat with a pass interception. He was joined helping keep Center in check by teammates Josh Ross, Kyle Pierce, Shaun Wood and Michael Murphy just to name a few. Colfax finished the game with 398 yards while Center managed 189. Colfax out first downed the Cougars by an 18-9 margin. Colfax travels to Truckee next Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. afternoon game with the Wolverines. Colfax JV 27 Center 8 – Hunter Owens scored on runs of 1, 4, 11 and 4 yards to help give new Colfax JV coach Jason Stowers a win in his head coaching debut. Owens rushed 15 times for 112 yards out of the Falcons’ new “Wildcat” offensive look. Nolan Karbowski and Sam Quinlan also played well on offense for the Falcons. Leading the defense were Zac Coffman, Chris Hoffman, David Mowbray and Cory Rodgers.