Colfax hits the road to take on Woodland
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Who: Colfax Falcons (3-0) vs. Woodland Wolves (1-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: 21 N. West St., Woodland
Homecoming may have a different feel to it for Colfax this week, but that doesn’t mean head coach Tony Martello’s squad is approaching the game differently.
After three straight wins at home to open the 2013 season, the Falcons finally hit the road tonight to take on Woodland, a 1-2 squad with a strong ground game but an air attack that is still a work in progress.
As for Martello’s team, “in progress” is the name of the game, and win or lose, he said he expects to see growth day to day and week to week.
“It’d be nice to see us continue to be able to bring all of the different parts together on each play,” said Martello. “There’s always going to be that element of a mistake or something that doesn’t go right. We’ve got a lot of kids doing a lot of things, and that responsibility is shared from individual to individual. So it’d be nice to see the technique from each individual work on any given play, to see the total team.”
Technique has been the focus of this week’s practice sessions — and really every practice this season — with particular emphasis on developing a defensive scheme to contain the Wolves’ running backs.
Through three games, Woodland has three seniors with more than 140 yards on the ground and four players with more than 20 carries. Among them, Joseph Duran has stepped up to average nearly 8 yards every time he takes a handoff and leads the Wolves in all-purpose yards with 201.
But Tanner Fellows with 164 yards and Alex Preciado with 145 have proven to be just as dangerous. Each has one rushing touchdown, and Fellows has his team’s only receiving touchdown this season. And quarterback Brandon Flores has 60 yards rushing this season to go with 227 yards passing.
Colfax, however, will head into Woodland with its own set of offensive weapons and the swagger that comes with starting 3-0.
“The kids are excited. They feel good about where they’re at,” said Martello. “They’re developing more confidence, and when you become more confident in what you’re doing, you’re going to find more success.”
Coming off a 42-point victory over Union Mine, the Falcons have reason to be excited. In addition, senior quarterback Michael Wilson has increased his completion percentage and thrown more touchdowns each successive week thus far, and receivers Chas Reisinger (297 yards and three touchdowns) and Kyle Bryant (279 yards and six touchdowns) have proven to be a tough double act to contain in the secondary. And in the backfield, junior Marcus Jackson continues to develop as a viable option at running back, amassing season highs with 10 carries for 96 yards in last week’s win.
Meanwhile, outside the stat books and beyond the numbers, Martello said he has been happy with the way his seniors have stepped up as team leaders.
Martello cited a moment on the sidelines after a third-down snap went over the quarterback’s head, and the coach took the center aside to let loose about the play.
“I was pretty upset about the whole thing,” said Martello. “Then, Mike Wilson comes over and says, ‘Coach, we got it. It won’t happen again.’ It was nice to see that vote of confidence. To me, that’s a big thing, seeing a kid step up and be a leader.
“All we can really do as coaches is give them the right message and hope they develop the tools to be able to play the game Friday night.”
To contact Sports Writer Anthony Barstow, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4231. All stats provided by MaxPreps.com.
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