Colfax surges to win opener
Helmets flew off and flags littered the field Friday night at Colfax High School in the Falcons’ 2013 football season opener versus Argonaut.
Led by senior quarterback Michael Wilson and some fantastic grabs from senior wide receivers Kyle Bryant, Chas Reisinger and Chris Harshman, the Falcons brought the points and the pain to out-muscle the Mustangs for a hard-fought 28-20 victory.
“It wasn’t perfect,” said a humble Wilson, who threw 17-of-28 for 261 yards and three touchdowns. “We pulled it off. Bryant, Reisinger and Harshman catch everything that comes their way. It’s great to have them on that side.”
The Falcons actually trailed 7-0 early in the first quarter after yielding an 85-yard touchdown dash to Caleb Patrick who busted through the right side and never broke stride. It didn’t take long for Colfax to respond though as Wilson led the team down the field 63 yards in six plays, and senior Jake Medeiros carried the rock in from five yards out to tie the game.
Near the end of the first quarter Wilson connected with Reisinger for a 16-yard score to put the Falcons on top 14-7. Argonaut, which heavily relied upon the run, struggled to answer back as it wasn’t able to break loose for any more sizable gains. Again it was Wilson throwing another touchdown pass before the break, this time to Bryant on a 16-yard route after a poor punt gave the Falcons prime field position.
The second half was a different story, one filled with whistles and jeering from the stands. The game lost its flow due to penalties, and Argonaut took advantage after converting on a fourth down with a fake punt. The drive ended with quarterback keeper form Tylor Byrd to pull the Mustangs within seven at 21-14. What made it sting even more was the fact that Colfax junior defensive lineman Jeromy Cabodi had a 95-yard pick six called back because of a penalty in the series just before.
It didn’t matter in the end though and that’s all that matters. Wilson hooked up with Reisinger one more time for a 26-yard score to push the Falcons lead back to a two score game with just under five minutes to play. The Mustangs countered with a quick score after Patrick broke the gates open again to set up the Argonaut offense for a 15-yard touchdown reception by Emilio Pineda. The Mustangs botched the extra point but recovered the onside kick and drove to the 12-yard line before Colfax slammed the door.
“It was the first game,” said Falcons’ head coach Tony Martello. “We stubbed our toes a bit. There were lots of penalties. No question (I’m proud of the defense), Argonaut was driving for a potential game-tying score, and we put them in a tough fourth and long situation — kneeled it out and got the win.”
JV: Argonaut 20,
Colfax gave up a 94-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff and fought back hard to retake the lead 7-6 at the half. However, the Mustangs proved to be too much down the stretch and pulled out the victory with 14 unanswered points to open the second half.
To contact Sports Writer Brian Shepard, call 530-477-4234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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