Ladas, Moore spark Whitney past Colfax, 35-7

With key starters sidelined 'Cats depth pays off
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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COLFAX – If Josh Ladas and Isaiah Moore weren’t household names with followers of the Whitney High football team - they are now. Ladas and Moore stepped up here Friday night and checked in with a pair of yeoman-like efforts to help Whitney’s Wildcats bounce Colfax’s Falcons, 35-7, in a Pioneer Valley League game. With starting Whitney quarterback Jake Rodriguez and leading rusher Shawn Azzam sidelined with injuries suffered in the Lincoln game, Whitney coach Mike Gimenez turned to Ladas and Moore who more than picked up the slack. “They did a great job,” said Gimenez about Ladas and Moore’s efforts. “Our depth really helped us win this game tonight.” Whitney, coming off a 21-14 loss at Lincoln last week in its PVL opener, had a little too much in its tank for the Falcons who were trying to come back with just three days rest after outlasting Bear River in an overtime win on Monday night. “It’s tough playing two good, quality opponents like we did in that time span,” Colfax coach Tony Martello said. “We didn’t have the bounce in our step tonight but give Whitney credit, they did a heck of a job.” Whitney, 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the PVL, held the Falcons to just two first downs in the first half and used Ladas’ four-yard scoring run and a 15-yard touchdown effort from Connor Riordan to build a 14-0 lead with 8:11 left to play in the first half. And when Colfax was forced into a pair of three-and-outs on its next two possessions, the Wildcats capitalized again before halftime when Ladas found Kyle DeLorento on a 25-yard touchdown pass with just 24 seconds left to allow the visitors to take a 21-0 lead into the halftime break. Setting up the score was a 19-yard run by Moore, a sophomore who gained 88 yards in the game on 22 carries. He also added a third-quarter touchdown plunge from a yard out. Meanwhile, Ladas, who rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries and also hit on five-of-six passes for 65 yards, finished Colfax off with a 37-yard quarterback keeper out of Whitney’s “Wildcat” spread that made the score 35-0 in the fourth quarter. “I really don’t think it matters who plays quarterback because our line does a great job,” Ladas said. “They really did it for us tonight.” Handling the dirty work up front for the Wildcats were Patrick Stole, Zac Post, Dryden Brown, Ethan May and Thaddeus Cox , the line that helped Whitney rush for 235 yards on 46 attempts. The Wildcats also had their defensive standouts as Matt Smithson and Shane Feuerbach both had interceptions while Riordan, Johnathan and Michael Nordmann helped control Colfax’s running game. The bright spots for the Falcons in the game were Pat Rawlins who churned out 146 yards on 17 carries and end Randy Brown who teamed up with Mark Machholz for a 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Whitney returns home Friday to host Bear River while Colfax (3-2, 1-1) plays Mesa Verde at San Juan. Junior Varsity Colfax 22, Whitney 6 Hunter Owens rushed 18 times for 186 yards and scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and quarterback Nolan Karbowski added 67 more yards on 12 carries and also scored a touchdown as Colfax improved to 4-1 with the win. Sam Quinlan added Colfax’s other touchdown on a two-yard fourth quarter run while Zonley Looman’s one-yard run accounted for Whitney’s score. Defensive standouts for the Falcons included Zac Coffman, Cameron Fisher, Jeremy Dawson and David Mowbray.