The Falcons return to the nest tonight after two harrowing weeks on the road that included a narrow victory over longtime rival Bear River and their first loss of the season last Friday at Center.
It’s a perfect time for Colfax to enjoy the comforts of a home game, and Foothill might be the perfect team to square off against. The Mustangs are 1-6 this season and coming off two lop-sided Pioneer Valley League losses to Placer and Lincoln.
Still, none of that means the Falcons have changed their mindset heading into tonight.
“We take the same approach each week — win, lose or draw,” said Colfax head coach Tony Martello during an interview earlier this season.
It’s just as well, since the team cannot afford to let up on the gas right now, given what a win over Foothill would mean for its postseason chances.
To be in the running for a playoff spot, a team must have two league wins, and at 1-1 in the PVL, it’s safe to say the Falcons would like to secure that second victory sooner rather than later.
Despite suffering the first loss of the season last week, Colfax’s numbers stayed mostly in line with the rest of the season behind them, a good sign for a squad that has striven for consistency from day one.
Quarterback Michael Wilson threw for three touchdowns against Center while completing a season-high 25 passes. What cost the Falcons were Wilson’s three interceptions, which he’d been able to avoid for the most part, having thrown just six picks through six weeks before coming up against the Cougars.
Receiver Kyle Bryant came up big for the second week in a row, bringing down 12 grabs for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
The production from Bryant has been key in league play for the Falcons as opposing teams have started to dial in on receiver Chas Reisinger, who had more than 80 yards through the air in each of five non-league games but has yet to top 30 yards in the PVL.
The defense will also be looking to rebound after allowing 45 points to Center. No team had scored even 30 on Colfax in the 2013 campaign prior to last week.
Working in the Falcons’ favor is the fact that Foothill has been shutout twice this season and has yet to put up 20 on the scoreboard.
Also on Colfax’s side is history. Foothill in the midst of a 14-game PVL losing streak. Tonight, the Falcons will look to push that to 15 and, in doing so, hope they edge closer to their ultimate goal: a playoff berth.
The squads kick off at 7:30 p.m. today at Colfax.
All stats courtesy of MaxPreps.com.