PREP FOOTBALL: Colfax can’t keep up with Foothill
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MUSTANGS 56, FALCONS 33
C: Matthew Harshman 45-yard pass from Austin Weir (9:18) Kyle Detwieler kick
F: Vernon Robertson 1-yard run (4:41) Jose Gutierrez kick
C: Nick Van Doorn 14-yard run (1:34) Detwieler kick
F: DeMariea Woodard 60-yard run (:25) PAT no good
F: Woodard 39-yard run (9:37) 2pt try no good
F: Robertson 55-yard run (1:20) Gutierrez kick
F: Angelo Craver 47-yard pass from Robertson (:00) Gutierrez kick
F: Robertson 12-yard run (4:08) 2pt try no good
C: Drew Daniels 21-yard pass from Weir (11:21) PAT no good
F: Woodard 77-yard run (10:33) Gutierrez kick
C: Marc Avila 1-yard run (8:12) Detwieler kick
F: Robertson 54-yard run (6:25) Gutierrez kick
C: Lukas Rineer 3-yard run (4:45) PAT blocked
F: 30-yard Gutierrez FG (1:50)
Friday night’s Pioneer Valley League clash between Foothill and Colfax at Robert O. Marson Field featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense and 89 points in what turned out to be an offensive extravaganza.
In the end, it was the Mustangs from Foothill, who burned the Falcons most of the night, turning on the jets rushing for 530 yards in a 56-33 thumping.
“I really want to sit down and look at the film, but (Foothill) just looked like a track meet,” said Colfax head Coach Tony Martello. “They’ve got some athletes and many plays I don’t even know if we got a hand on them. It was a little disappointing to see our defense give up as many points as they did, but we certainly stubbed our toes a few drives on offense.”
Colfax’s junior quarterback Austin Weir hooked up with senior Matthew Harshman 45 yards on a fourth-and-three during the Falcons’ opening drive to put Colfax out front 7-0.
Foothill fired right back with a 14-play, 62-yard drive to tie it. With both teams settled in, the offensive fireworks really began.
Colfax’s Nick Van Doorn broke loose for a 14-yard score to put the Falcons back on top 14-7, but from there the Mustangs scored 33 unanswered points, including a 47-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half. Foothill led 33-14 at the break.
“Our kids fought,” added Martello. “In football there’s a fine line between being really good and not being real good at all, and we just haven’t crossed over that line.”
Big plays scorched the Falcons all night long. Mustangs junior quarterback Vernon Robertson broke loose for touchdown runs of 55, 54, 12 and 1-yard. In addition to his nine carries for 129 yards and four scores he also passed 2-for-3 for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Foothill’s DeMariea Woodard was unstoppable on the night. The senior flew down the field for touchdown runs of 77, 60 and 39 yards. He finished with 17 touches, 209 yards and three scores. Phillip Brown and Sylvester Garnes added 58 and 71 yards rushing respectively.
After turning the ball over on downs and finding itself trailing by multiple scores, Colfax had to start taking some shots downfield and found success. Yet, for every Falcons touchdown, Foothill had an answer with an exclamation point.
For the Falcons, Weir passed 18-for-29 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Drew Daniels grabbed a 21-yard touchdown pass from Weir early in the fourth quarter. Marc Avila and Lukas Rineer each scored rushing touchdowns in the fourth as well. Rineer ended his night with 23 carries for 122 yards and a score. Avila contributed 47 yards on eight touches with a touchdown.
Foothill (3-6, 2-2 PVL) is now playoff eligible with its second league win, should it be selected to advance to the postseason.
Colfax (3-6, 1-3 PVL) will close out its regular season with a tough contest Friday at Placer.
Brian Shepard is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union regularly.
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