Colfax gears up for round 2 matchup with Central Catholic
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What: Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV quarterfinals
Who: No. 8 Colfax (9-2) at No. 1 Central Catholic (10-1)
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Central Catholic High School, 200 S. Carpenter Rd. Modesto
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The Falcons football team will leave it’s nest in Colfax today and land in Modesto, where they will take on the No. 1 seed Central Catholic Raiders with a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV semifinals on the line.
Central Catholic (10-1) is the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section and California state champion in Division IV and are coming off a 75-0 drubbing of Marysville in the first round of the section playoffs.
“We need to play out of our minds in order to be in the game,” Colfax head coach Tony Martello said of his team’s matchup with the Raiders. “We all know that. Everybody in the section knows that Central Catholic is off the charts unbelievable.”
The Falcons are riding high after their thrilling, 42-37, come-from-behind victory over Sierra last week.
In that victory, Colfax’s offense impressed with 365 yards through the air and 178 on the ground.
The Colfax defense struggled to slow the Sierra pass game, which shredded the Falcons for 453 yards through the air. But when it was crunch time, it was the defense that came through for Colfax with a goal line stand to claim the victory.
That very same defense will have their hands full with the talented and powerful run game of Central Catholic.
The Raiders are led by senior tailback Matt Ringer. The impressive back has topped the century mark in nine of the 11 games he has played in, eclipsing the 200-yard mark three times and scoring at least one touchdown in 10 of the 11 games this season. Ringer has also scored four touchdowns in four different contests this season, including last week’s game against Marysville where he went for 127 yards on six carries. In total the 5-foot, 10-inch, 205-pound back has 1,723 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns this season. He also has five catches for 75 yards and a score. If that wasn’t enough, he has also tossed four passes this season, one of which went 45 yards for a touchdown.
While Ringer is Central Catholic’s star and work horse with 209 carries this season, they have a stable of backs they can call on at anytime. As a team, the Raiders have amassed 3,163 yards this season and 49 rushing touchdowns. They average 287 rush yards per game and score 41.1 points per game.
The Central Catholic offensive attack is far different from what the Falcons faced in the first round but more closely resembles the style of play in the run-heavy Pioneer Valley League, where Colfax finished with a 3-2 record.
Central Catholic has only thrown the ball 115 times this season and with limited success, tallying just 888 yards and seven touchdowns to six interceptions.
The key for Colfax defensively is how its stars Mario Margherita, Jake Medeiros, Beau Baggett and the rest of the Falcons defense handles the large Raider offensive line and the bevy of talented backs. Medeiros led the Falcons with 24 tackles in round one, 12 of which were solo.
On the offensive end, Colfax is scoring points and racking up yards in incredible fashion and will need to continue that trend against a Raider defense that allows just 15.6 points per game.
In the victory over Sierra, quarterback Michael Wilson completed 20-of-36 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. On the receiving end of many of the passes was Chas Reisinger, with eight catches for 223 yards, and two touchdowns, including a 97-yarder. Kyle Bryant also topped the century mark in round one with 112 yards on nine catches. The run game has really picked up in the second half of the season for Colfax as junior Tim Rawlins has amassed 878 yards and nine touchdowns since week four of the regular season. Rawlins kept the Sierra defense honest in round one of the playoffs with a season-high 144 yards and three touchdowns. The Colfax offense enters tonight’s game toting a 37.6 points per game average.
Tonights matchup pits two teams that have very lengthy and illustrious postseason marks. Central Catholic and Colfax have a combined 76 post season wins and 20 section championships.
Colfax brings its 23-13 postseason record and four section titles (the last one coming in 2003) into the Raiders house for a 7 p.m. kickoff to decide who advances in the section playoffs.
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