Last season the Colfax football team soared behind the arm of senior quarterback Michael Wilson as the Falcon’s offense put up big numbers and reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Colfax and head coach Tony Martello will be looking for a second straight trip to the postseason, but will be doing it with a far different cast.
Wilson (3,560 passing yards, 46 touchdowns) is now gone along with his top three receivers from last season. The Falcons also graduated several of their top defensive players.
As Colfax prepares for its 2014 campaign, one thing is for sure, there will be lots of new faces on the field for the Falcons and the quest to win a Pioneer Valley League title will not be without it’s challenges.
Here are five can’t miss Colfax games for the upcoming season:
Colfax at Winters Sept. 5
The Falcons defense will have their hands full with the Winters running game as they face the Warriors vaunted rush game in week 2 of the season. Winters had three running backs top 1,000 yards last season and all three are returning. The Winters running game averaged 353.2 yards per game last season and accounted for 51 touchdowns. Winters, led by Jacob Lowrie (1,840 rushing yards, 26 TDs), finished the 2013 season 9-4 overall and won the Northern Section Division III title.
Colfax at Lincoln Oct. 10
The Falcons open the PVL season against the Zebras, who will take the field in a league matchup for the first time with new head coach Chris Bean at the helm. Lincoln finished 3-2 in the PVL last season and will return talented running back Dane Stimbert, who rushed for 1,444 yards and 16 TDs.
Colfax vs. Bear River Oct. 17
One of the area’s fiercest rivalries picks up again as the Falcons host the Bruins in both teams second league game of the season. Last season Colfax edged Bear River, 28-21. The Bruins have a long memory which should make for another great installment of this long standing rivalry.
Colfax vs. Center Oct. 24
The Falcons host the reigning PVL champs as the league season reaches its mid point and playoff races begin to shape up. Center beat Colfax last year, 45-28, but the Cougars graduated PVL MVP quarterback Tyrell Anderson, who ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, threw for another 131 yards in the win last season.
Colfax vs. Placer Nov. 7
In the regular season finale, the Falcons will host Placer in a game that will likely have playoff implications for one or both teams. Last season Placer ran it up on Colfax, 48-21, behind an impressive 7-for-9, 211 passing yards, four touchdown performance from quarterback Logan Strange.
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