Colfax set to host Center in PVL matchup |

Colfax set to host Center in PVL matchup

Colfax quarterback Marcus Jackson gets off a pass against Bear River Friday night at Robert O. Marson Field in Colfax.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

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What: Colfax (5-2, 1-1 PVL) vs. Center (4-3, 1-1 PVL)

When: 7:30 p.m., tonight

Where: James O. Marson Field, Colfax High School

Colfax will look to avenge last week’s heartbreaking loss to Bear River when it hosts the Center Cougars tonight in a Pioneer Valley League clash.

The Falcons’ running game, which has been their hallmark this season, wasn’t able to get started against the Bruins. Starting halfback Tim Rawlins led the team with only 75 yards on the ground and a touchdown. It was a key fumble from Rawlins in the final quarter that gave Bear River the opportunity to score the go-ahead touchdown after they had trailed 20-7. Instead, the Falcons (5-2, 1-1 PVL) relied on quarterback Marcus Jackson more than usual. He scored on a two-yard run and also connected with Matthew Harshman for a 25 yard touchdown.

It may not get any easier against the Cougars (4-3, 1-1 PVL), who have only allowed 15 points a game this season. Center began league play by forfeiting their game against Placer after the team had been involved in a bench-clearing brawl with the Encinal Jets the previous week. The Cougars rebounded from the forfeit nicely, shutting out Lincoln 25-0.

Last year, Center went 9-4 and won the PVL title by featuring their athletic, multi-dimensional threat at quarterback, Tyrell Anderson, who threw for 1,323 yards and nine touchdowns while also adding 1,125 yards and 11 scores rushing the ball. He also set the tone on defense with 12 interceptions, but he’s gone now and without him the team has lacked consistency. Still, they’ve begun the season with a respectable 4-3 record and can improve their standing in the PVL with a win.

The game will be important for both teams as they head in to the back stretch of the schedule. After Center, Colfax will travel to Foothill to play the Mustangs before finishing the season against Placer, which could be a very important game if the Falcons win out. Center, meanwhile, could end up helping out Colfax when they play Bear River in Grass Valley next week before hosting Foothill to round out their season.

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