Falcons look to rebound

Colfax faces another tough foe in Center Friday
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It’s Homecoming this week at Colfax High but for the Falcons’ football team, there will be no time to party. Still smarting from dropping its first Pioneer Valley League game since 2009, Colfax will go back to the drawing board this week and try to turn around lessons learned from last Friday’s tough 24-14 opening PVL setback to Bear River. But it’s not going to be easy. Colfax’s Week Two PVL foe this Friday is Center’s Cougars, an explosive team that Colfax coach Tony Martello is saying, will be the best team the 3-3 Falcons have seen up to this point in the season. “They have a ton of quickness on both sides of the ball,” said Martello of the Cougars who outlasted Lincoln, 39-27, in a high-scoring affair last Friday. “This is another tough game against a playoff quality opponent.” Led by quarterback Tyrel Anderson who accounted for 146 rushing yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns and running back D’Juan Bellaire who added 29 more carries for 179 yards, the Cougars (5-1, 1-0) broke open a 13-13 game at intermission with a big second half. Center finished with 387 rushing yards in the win over the Zebras and broke a 20-20 third-quarter tie with a 95-yard kick return by Robert Gervais being the key component that turned the game around. For Colfax, the Falcons will be looking to clean up some loose ends as six turnovers and numerous untimely penalties sunk their ship against the Bruins. “Young teams will do that,” said the Colfax coach about his team’s uneven play. “Still, we were in the game with six minutes left but tip your hat to Bear River. They played a very good game.” The contest started off like it was going to be a high-scoring affair as Colfax scored on the second play of the game when sophomore running back Tim Rawlins took a trap play right up the gut and darted 63 yards for a quick 7-0 lead. But the crowd had hardly settled back into their seats following the ensuing kickoff when Smith and Tevyn Kimble hooked up on Bear River’s first play of the night on an 80-yard scoring play to get the Bruins on the board at 7-7. Strangely, after the two quick scores, the game quickly turned into a battle of field position as the defenses started to settle in. Following the Bruins score, Colfax completed a pass on the first play of its next series and was facing a 2nd and one from its own 41 yard line. However, disaster struck n the form of a bad shotgun snap that sailed over Wilson’s head. Wilson retreated and pounced on the ball back at his own 22-yard line but the ball squirted free where Bear River’s Cody Heard picked up the miscue and returned it for a lightning quick 21-7 Bruins lead. With 10:27 still to play in the opening half, Colfax put together its best drive of the game when they covered 73 yards in eight plays before Wilson found Chas Reisinger on a 15-yard scoring pass that closed the gap to 21-14. Chris Harshman had three receptions from Wilson on the drive for 38 yards. The Falcons defense, which limited Bear River’s usually potent running attack to just 55 net yards on 34 attempts, then forced two straight changes of possession but the Falcons fumbled one of the opportunities away with 2:32 to play in the half and J’Sean Harwood recovering. Colfax missed a golden opportunity to get back into the game when Bailey Bean recovered a Bruins fumble at the Bear River five-yard line with over 10 minutes left to play. However, after the turnover, the Falcons went backwards with two penalties, a sack of Wilson and two incomplete passes. Jack Baldoni, Chaz Meade, Cory Wilhelm and Austin Mulderrig had strong defensive games for Colfax, while Bear River was led by Zach Winter, Travis McKnight and Brad Botsford. Bear River 24, Colfax 14 B. River 7 14 3 0 - 24 Colfax 7 7 0 0 - 14 Col – Rawlins 63 run (Wilson kick) BR – Kimble 80 pass from Smith (Neilsen kick) BR – Dowling 8 pass interception return (Neilsen kick) BR – Heard 22 fumble return (Neilsen kick) Col – Resinger 15 pass from Wilson (Wilson kick) BR – Neilsen 36 FG Rushing – Colfax: Rawlins 10x81; Kane 3-14; Wilson 4x(-17). Bear River: Smith 4x16; Heard 11x13; Raigoza 5x9; Botsford 4x8; Tipton 3x6; Reiss 2x3; Johnson 1x1. Passing – Colfax: Wilson 40-23-4, 212; Bear River: Smith, 33-16-0, 231. Receiving – Colfax: Harshman, 9x91; Bryant, 8x77; Reisinger 2x20; Rawlins 2x(-6); Kane 1x21; Joiner 1x9. Bear River: Kimble 8x148; Raigoza 3x48; Cramer 2x15; Heard 1x12; Edie 1x11.