Colfax hosts Lincoln in season finale
The Falcons have one more flight this league season, and the Fighting Zebras out of Lincoln will be bringing the battle to Colfax.
On the final day of the regular season, the Falcons still have a lot to play for as they try to secure a postseason spot from the middle of the Pioneer Valley League pack.
Colfax sits in fourth place in the PVL but, by the end of the night, could be ranked as high as second.
And amid the climb to the league’s mountaintop, the Falcons are bound to find out the same thing that Placer, Center and Lincoln already know: It’s a mess up there.
With a league record of 2-2, a Colfax win over Lincoln would put both squads at 3-2 to close out the season. Meanwhile, should 3-1 Center fall to Placer tonight, it would drop to 3-2, as well.
It is one of two scenarios that could result in a three-way tie among the cream of the PVL crop — the other being a Placer loss and Lincoln victory, which would result in Placer, Center and Lincoln tied in first at 4-1.
After that, it all comes down to tiebreakers and strength of schedule, which will be up to the CIF to sort out Saturday when it releases the postseason brackets for the Sac-Joaquin Section.
But for now, the weekend is a long 48 minutes away for the Falcons, who remain focused on tonight’s game against Lincoln.
After going 5-0 through the non-conference schedule, it has been an up-and-down league season for Colfax. It started with a tight victory over Bear River, a road loss to Center and a blowout win over Foothill.
Now the Falcons are coming off a tough 48-21 defeat at the hands of Placer in which they were held to the fewest points they have scored this season.
The upshot, however, included a season-high 184 yards on the ground, and while quarterback Michael Wilson threw for just 235 yards — his lowest total of the year — he completed 20 of 23 passes, a season best.
Junior Tim Rawlins led the rushing game, amassing 163 yards on 17 carries to go with a touchdown, his fourth consecutive game with a score on the ground.
As with last week, the defensive focus for the Falcons when lining up against Lincoln will be stopping the run. They succeeded against Placer, holding the Hillmen to their fewest yards on the ground in league play, but were unable to stop the big pass play.
Tonight, Colfax goes up against a Zebras team that features three rushers who have eclipsed the 500-yard mark this season, including Dane Stimbert with 1,228 yards. Stimbert has rushed for more than 80 yards and scored a touchdown in every game this season.
Lincoln also has Eddy Cobleigh (842 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Landon Croisant (551 yards, 10 touchdowns) as threats in the backfield.
Both teams enter the game at 7-2 and needing a last-day win to bring their visions of the playoffs into sharper focus.
For the Falcons, a victory would ensure a winning record in PVL play and an eight-win season, not a bad position to be in coming off a 4-6 2012 in which they managed just one league win.
Colfax holds its destiny in its hands and tonight will try to move one step closer to making its postseason dreams a reality.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Colfax High School.
To contact Anthony Barstow call 530-477-4231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All stats provided by MaxPreps.com.
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