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Rawlins runs wild as Colfax crushes El Dorado

Senior sets a school record with 279 rushing yards
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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COLFAX – In a celebration of 50 years of Colfax High here Friday night, new school met old school. Led by Pat Rawlins’ school record setting rushing effort, the Colfax Falcons treated a Golden Anniversary Homecoming Night crowd to a 49-20 Pioneer Valley League win win over El Dorado. The win keep moves Colfax’s overall season record to 5-2 on the season and raises its PVL record to 3-1. More importantly, the win keeps the Falcons alive in its efforts to reach the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s new expanded playoff format after missing the post season in 2008. “I thought we played well when we needed to,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello. “Pat Rawlins had a big game and we needed it. It was a good win tonight.” Rawlins, as he has been all season long, was superb for the Falcons. The shifty 165-pound scat-back carried the ball 15 times for 279 yards and scored touchdowns on runs of 76, 28 and 37 yards.. The Colfax senior had 185 yards rushing in the first half as the Falcons led 21-7. Rawlins’ total rushing yards eclipsed the school record of 210 yards jointly held by Burdette Sladek (1982) and Josh Healing (1999). Colfax quarterback Mark Machholz also got into the offensive act as he fired touchdown passes of 65 and 33 yards to Randy Brown while junior quarterback Avery Baccala completed the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Colfax’s defense came up with a bundle of big plays as Tom Baldoni and Austin Fitzhugh had pass interceptions and Dan Stephens, Brennan Holman, Matt Price, Kyle Pierce, Michael Murphy and Roger Lillie were singled out for good all-around games. Colfax steps out of PVL play for a non-league tilt at Highlands before ending league games with co-league leaders Placer and Lincoln