Colfax comes up short
Special to The Union
WINTERS — When the opportunity to let their opponent rally came up Friday, the Winters Warriors found another gear. Colfax simply could not keep up.
Winters quarterback Jacob Lowrie uncorked a 59-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Morgan Nicholas and Chaz Matthews added a 15-yard touchdown run to push the Warriors football team past the Falcons for a 34-21 victory at Dr. Sellers Field.
“After they scored two touchdowns on us, we knew we had to step up,” said Matthews, a senior who gained 123 yards on 17 carries for Winters. “We knew we had to make adjustments. We knew we had to come together and play with heart and go from there.”
That passion wowed Winters coach Daniel Ward.
“I’ve never seen effort like that,” said Ward, high praise considering his Warriors won the Division III Northern Section championship last season. “They flew everywhere. You could just see them laying out and diving and grabbing people by their jerseys, even when they barely missed. They played out of their minds.”
Winters (1-0) allowed 228 yards on defense, though 79 of those came on a late drive with substitutes playing.
Most of the Colfax offense came from senior Tim Rawlins, who rushed for 94 yards and scores of 36, and 21-yards. Falcons quarterback Marcus Jackson finished with 86 yards and a 24-yard touchdown to Matthew Harshman on 7-for-11 passing.
Matthews called it “honestly the best defense I’ve played for all my years of high school football.”
Mitchell Stewart led the Warriors with six solo tackles and Matthews added four.
Chris Kays tallied two sacks and Lowrie caught an interception.
Of the second-quarter pick, Lowrie said, “I turned around and bam, it was right there … Happy birthday to me.”
Lowrie, a senior, finished with 88 yards rushing to go with 122 passing, including a two-yard touchdown to junior Luke Vice and a 39-yard toss to Jaime Bermudez.
The loss for Colfax drops them to 1-1 on the season. The Falcons will look to bounce back Friday when they travel to face Dixon.
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