Colfax eyes Sierra in 1st round of playoffs |

Colfax eyes Sierra in 1st round of playoffs

Colfax's Kyle Bryant looks on during a game at Placer earlier this season. Bryant and the Falcons take on Sierra in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Photo by Melissa McKnight |

The Colfax football team started the 2013 season on a hot streak, trouncing team after team with their vaunted pass attack and jumping out to a 5-0 non-league record.

Once in the run-heavy Pioneer Valley League, things slowed down a bit and Colfax hit some speed bumps, finishing 3-2.

Tonight, when the No. 8 seed Falcons (8-2) take the field for their Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV first round matchup with No. 9 seed Sierra, they will see something they haven’t all season — a team that passes as much as they do.

Sierra, much like Colfax, is led by their talented senior quarterback. The Timberwolves’ Jake Pruitt has thrown for 2,807 yards, completes passes at a 69-percent clip, has 33 touchdown passes and has tossed just eight interceptions.

Not to be outdone, Colfax’s senior pigskin slinger Michael Wilson closed the regular season with 2,869 yards, completing passes at a 66-percent mark and hitting on 40 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions.

Sierra has several targets for Pruitt to throw to, and each one can break the game wide open.

Sierra boasts Lucas Widmer (53 catches, 855 yards, 10 touchdowns), Bryson Sanders (70 catches, 711 yards, six touchdowns) and Hunter Johnson (39 catches, 683 yards, nine touchdowns).

Like Pruitt, Wilson has multiple weapons with Chas Reisinger (63 catches, 1,058 yards, 16 touchdowns), Kyle Bryant (71 catches, 1,025 yards, 11 touchdowns) and Chris Harshman (41 catches, 534 yards, two touchdowns).

On the ground, Sierra eats up 127.9 yards per game led by senior Reid Maestas. The senior running back and safety leads the Timberwolves with 614 rush yards and 10 of the team’s 20 rushing touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, Sierra gets after the quarterback with 18 sacks this season.

Bringing the pressure for Sierra are seniors DeVonte Reese and Aaron Thiel, both with four sacks.

The Sierra secondary is highly opportunistic, with 15 interceptions this season.

Senior Tyler Lewis and junior Devin Nunez lead the team with three picks each, but Sierra has many that can make the big play as nine different Timberwolves have interceptions this season.

The Timberwolves, out of the Valley Oak League, enter the contest averaging 39.6 points per game. Colfax averages 37.2.

Sierra passes for 286 yards per game and rushes for 127.9.

Colfax throws for 286.9 yards per game and rushes for 125.6.

On paper, this No. 8 vs. No. 9 game couldn’t be any closer.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight at Colfax.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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