On a breezy homecoming night in Woodland, the Colfax Falcons spoiled the Wolves’ celebratory evening by blanking them 30-0.
Colfax quarterback Michael Wilson led the way completing 18-of-29 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson was intercepted for the first time this season as the Wolves did snatch three Wilson passes.
“Mike’s an intelligent guy,” Colfax head coach Tony Martello said of Wilson. “He’s mentally tough, and some nights you will have off nights, but you fight through them.”
Wilson overcame a slow first quarter by throwing two of his three touchdowns in the second quarter. After finding his aim on a windy evening, Wilson continued to dice up the Woodland secondary finding his receivers when Colfax needed it most.
“It’s our first away game, so obviously it’s a challenge,” Wilson said. “We struggled a little at first, and it took a bit for us to recover, but once we did, we started to play up to our potential.”
Colfax pass-catchers confused Woodland with myriad routes that seemed to get someone open on every pass play.
Leading the receiving corps was Chas Reisinger with five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful fingertip catch on a 34-yard strike from Wilson in the second quarter. Reisinger also pulled down an incredibly difficult ball, splitting two defenders to make the catch before finishing off the 47-yard scoring play. Reisinger also added a 2-yard touchdown run to give him three scores in the game.
“Some throws I just force in there and that’s the trust I have with my receivers,” Wilson said. “I trust that they can go up and get it and they make a lot of great catches.”
Kyle Bryant also had a nice night with four catches for 87 yards, including a fade route to the far corner of the end zone that netted Colfax six and put it up 20-0 at the half.
The Falcons’ defense was active all night, forcing five Wolves turnovers and holding Woodland scorless on its only red zone opportunity.
“Defense played great tonight,” Martello said. “Our offense put us in a tough situation two or three times, and each time they bent a little bit, but they never broke. So hats off to them.”
Colfax held Woodland to a mere 162 total yards, 76 of which came on the ground and the other 86 came through the air on 9-of-27 passing for Woodland.
For the Falcons, Sam LaHaie, Alex Nevarez and Jeremy Zimmer all grabbed picks. Zimmer’s interception came when he recognized a Woodland screen pass and dropped into coverage.
Leading the defense all night was middle linebacker Jake Medeiros who busted up running plays on a regular basis and recovered a fumble along the way.
Mario Margherita tallied Colfax’s only sack and in the process forced a fumble that the Falcons recovered.
Despite the poor showing, Woodland came out hot, intercepting Colfax’s first pass of the game and driving 50 yards down to the Colfax 5-yard line. Woodland would punch it in, but a holding call brought the play back, and the very next play, LaHaie picked the ball near the goal line for Colfax.
The Falcons are now 4-0 this season as they head into their bye week.
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