PREP FOOTBALL: Colfax closes season with lopsided loss to Placer
Colfax closed its 2015 football season with a 53-19 loss to Pioneer Valley League champ Placer Friday Night.
The Falcons (3-7, 1-4 PVL) took flight early in the game, earning a 12-7 edge after the first quarter, but Placer (10-0, 5-0 PVL) responded with 46 straight points in the second and third quarters to pull away.
The Hillmen rushed for 423 yards and seven touchdowns as a team. Owen Scott led Placer with 213 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Owens also caught three balls for 89 yards. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back finished the regular season with 1,620 yards from scrimmage (908 rushing, 712 receiving) and 24 total touchdowns (15 rush, eight receiving, one kickoff return).
Leading Colfax was senior running back Lukas Rineer with 134 rushing yards on 20 carries, including a 77-yard burst in the first quarter. Rineer was a source of consistency all season, rushing for more than 100-yards in nine of the team’s 10 games, and finishing the season with 1,268 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Colfax’s junior quarterback Austin Weir finished the game 9-of-19 for 107 yards. Weir closes the season with 1,960 yards to go with 21 passing touchdowns.
Matthew Harshman was Weir’s top target all season with 60 receptions for 1,055 yards and 13 touchdowns. Harshman caught five passes for 54 yards against Placer.
For the Falcons, their 3-7 record is the worst in more than a decade, and it’s the first time the Falcons have missed the playoffs since 2012.
For the Hillmen, the win completes a perfect regular season and propels them into the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III playoffs where they are the No. 5 seed and will host
Pioneer Valley League
Center 41, Foothill 14
Center needed a win to get into the playoffs and that’s just what they got, beating PVL foe Foothill, 41-14 Friday night.
The victory gets the Cougars (6-4, 2-3 PVL) into the D-IV bracket where they are the No. 7 seed and will travel to face No. 2 seed Calaveras.
Foothill, which is coached by Nevada Union graduate Tim Trokey, wraps the season with a 3-7 overall record and 2-3 mark in PVL play. It’s the Mustangs most successful season under Trokey, and the first time they’ve won three games in a season since 2011. Trokey took over in 2013.
Sierra Foothill League
Folsom 48, Woodcreek 10
The Bulldogs (10-0, 6-0 Sierra Foothill League) secured the No. 1 seed in the SJS D-I bracket, by blowing out Woodcreek (5-5, 1-5 SFL) Friday.
Folsom quarterback Jake Jeffrey completed 12-of-13 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs past the Timberwolves, who closed the season with four straight losses.
Del Oro 17, Granite Bay 14
Del Oro (4-6, 3-3 SFL) earned their way into the D-II playoffs with a hard-fought victory over Granite Bay (5-5, 2-4 SFL) Friday.
Dalton Gee led Del Oro to victory with 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with around 2 minutes left in the game.
The Golden Eagles are the only team in the playoffs with a losing overall record, but due to strength of schedule got the No. 5 seed in the D-II bracket and will host No. 12 seed Whitney. Granite Bay is the fifth team out of the SFL top to make the playoffs and is the No. 9 seed in the D-II bracket.
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