PREP FOOTBALL: Colfax crushes Hilmar, advances to Division V semifinals
The Colfax football team made the 145-mile trek to Hilmar well worth it. The No. 7 seed Falcons upset No. 2 seed Yellowjackets, 42-21, in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.
Colfax (8-3) scored in a variety of ways, including rushing touchdowns from Mason Ahrens, Marc Avila (two rushing scores) and junior quarterback Ryland Heimann. Colfax also scored through the air when senior quarterback Austin Weir connected with Hunter Klopotek.
Colfax’s defense also put points on the board when Ahrens took an interception back for a touchdown late in the third quarter that put Colfax up 42-14. The Falcons also notched six sacks in the victory.
The Falcons will now head to the semifinals where they will face No. 6 Marysville, which beat No. 3 Calaveras, 38-7 in the first round.
Fellow Pioneer Valley League teams Center and Lincoln were also in action Thursday.
No. 7 YUBA CITY 27, No. 10 LINCOLN 19
Lincoln, the PVL co-champs, lost in the first round of the Division III playoffs, falling to No. 7 seed Yuba City, 27-19.
The No. 10 seed Fighting Zebras took a 19-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but 13 unanswered points in the final frame from the Honkers bounced Lincoln from the playoffs.
Yuba City was led by senior running back Brenndon Shalowitz’s 257 rush yards and two touchdowns.
No. 6 CENTER 29, No. 3 SIERRA 27
Center, the No. 6 seed in Division IV, got out to a 21-20 halftime lead before extending their advantage to 29-20 and holding off No. 3 Sierra’s late surge.
No. 2 PLACER 42, No. 7 LIBERTY RANCH 21
Placer, the PVL co-champs and No. 2 seed in Division IV, beat Liberty Ranch Friday night by three touchdowns.
The Hillmen got a pair of touchdowns from Anthony Kerrigan as well as scores from Morgan Rein-Robinson, Mario Perez and Devin Toste in the win. Sophomore quarterback Michael Stuck also threw for a touchdown, connecting with Carter Benz for a 12-yard touchdown.
Placer (6-5) will now host league foe Center (8-3) in the semifinals. When Placer and Center met earlier this season, the Hillmen won 16-15.
No. 2 DEL ORO 79, No. 15 LAGUNA CREEK
Sierra Foothill League teams flexed their muscles in the first round, but none more so than Del Oro. The Golden Eagles, the No. 2 seed in Division II, obliterated their Laguna Creek opponent, 79-0.
Del Oro scored 44 first quarter points, including four touchdown connections from quarterback Stone Smartt to receiver Mason Hurst. Del Oro had most of their starters resting by the second quarter.
No. 2 OAK RIDGE 44, No. 15 RIVER CITY 14
Oak Ridge, the No. 2 seed in Division I, had very few problems with No. 15 seed River City, beating the Raiders by 30.
The Trojans grabbed a 23-0 edge in the first half and never looked back. SFL Offensive Player of the Year Marco Baldacchino connected on a pair of touchdown passes to Cameron Stone and another Justin Poerio in the win. Baldacchino finished with 137 passing yards to go with 43 rushing yards.
Stone also had two interceptions on defense.
No. 1 FOLSOM 78, No. 16 KENNEDY 6
Folsom is the No. 1 seed in Division I for a reason and the Bulldogs put their football prowess on display in the first round.
The three-time reigning SFL champs took it to Kennedy early and often on their way to a 72-point victory.
Folsom’s Joe Curry, the SFL MVP, threw four first half touchdown passes, and receiver Eric Davis returned a kickoff for a touchdown as the Bulldogs ran away with the first round victory.
No. 6 GRANT 42, No. 11 GRANITE BAY 17
Granite Bay was the lone SFL playoff team to lose in the first round, falling to Grant Friday night.
Grant jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the first quarter behind several touchdowns from Tyree Marcelle.
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