In full flight " Bruins fall to Falcons, but playoffs ahead
COLFAX – So much muscle.
Colfax’s defense barely budged Friday night for Bear River, which lost its first Pioneer Valley League game of the season, 30-7.
The loss puts the Bruins (7-3 overall, 5-1 PVL) on the road next week for the first round of the playoffs, against either Rio Linda or Foothill.
The Falcons, on the other hand, completed a perfect regular season, finishing 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the PVL.
Colfax had given up just 108 yards to the Bruins when they began their final drive at their own 38-yard line with seven minutes, 40 seconds left. Trailing 30-0, Bear River then traveled 62 yards in a drive that was capped by Matt Belnap’s 2-yard run for a touchdown.
“They just kept stuffing us,” Belnap said of the Colfax defense.
But it wasn’t only the Falcons’ defense that led to the win, although cornerback Donavon Gannon did return an interception 69 yards for his team’s fourth and final touchdown.
Colfax quarterback Alex Rump improved his season total to 2,069 yards passing with his 148-yard, three-touchdown display. Justin Chastain, who finished with 42 receiving yards, caught all three of Rump’s touchdown passes.
While the Falcons didn’t rely heavily on their running game – which totaled 63 yards – they were likely confident in Rump, who has thrown just one interception against 27 touchdowns this season.
“We knew going in that they were tough,” Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie said. “In a game of this magnitude, you’ve got to play the best game of the season.
“Our kids laid it out there, it just wasn’t enough. It was going to take a flawless game.”
Like Colfax, the Bruins put their faith in their quarterback, C.J. Crausby. Crausby ran 27 times for a team-high 87 yards, while connecting on 4 of 13 passing attempts with two interceptions. Axel Wadman caught three passes and Lars Nielsen caught the other for a combined 22 yards.
The Falcons grabbed the momentum on their first possession, when Brandon Chastain returned a punt 48 yards to Bear River’s one-yard line. The Bruins nearly held Colfax to a field goal, but on fourth-and-goal from the one, Rump connected with Justin Chastain in the end zone.
Rump and Justin Chastain connected again in the second quarter for a 19-yard touchdown, and in the third quarter the Falcons took a 16-0 lead with a safety.
Justin Chastain caught his third touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass.
After Bear River’s most lopsided loss of the season, Savoie said recovery is crucial to success in the postseason.
“We just gotta bounce back,” Savoie said. “We need to rally back, like we did after Woodcreek.”
On Sept. 22, the Bruins lost 20-7 at Woodcreek, but followed by winning six in a row heading into Friday’s matchup.
To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4247.
Falcons 30, Bruins 7
Bear River 0 0 0 7 – 7
Colfax 7 7 2 14 – 30
C – Alex Rump 1 pass to Justin Chastain (Jim Ballenger kick), 6:16.
C – Alex Rump 19 pass to Justin Chastain (Jim Ballenger kick), 2:24.
C – Safety (snap went over punter Jared Murnan’s head out of end zone), 2:22.
C – Alex Rump 9 pass to Justin Chastain (Jim Ballenger kick), 11:09.
C – Donavon Gannon 69 interception return (Jim Ballenger kick), 7:46.
BR – Matt Belnap 2 run (Jared Murnan kick), 3:07.
First downs 14 8
Total net yards 170 210
Rushes-yards 45-148 15-63
Passing 22 147
Comp-att-int 4-13-2 17-26-0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 7-45 7-70
RUSHING – Bear River, C.J. Crausby 27-87, Matt Belnap 8-47 and 1 TD, David Richey 5-16, Andy Parquette 1-5, Gary Schmidt 3-2, Drew Loftus 1-(minus 9). Colfax, Mike Fucci 13-53, #20 2-10.
PASSING – Bear River, C.J. Crausby 4-13-2 for 22 yards. Colfax, Alex Rump 17-26-0 for 147 yards and 3 TDs.
RECEIVING – Bear River, Axel Wadman 3-17, Lars Nielsen 1-5. Colfax, Justin Chastain 5-42 and 3 TDs, Mike Olson 4-45, Nick Rusette 3-32, Mike Fucci 3-17, Jon Barbier 2-11.
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