PREP FOOTBALL: Colfax, Foothill meet up in battle between high scoring offenses
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What: Colfax (3-5) vs. Foothill (2-6)
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Where: Robert O. Marson Field, Colfax High School
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When Colfax and Foothill meet on the gridiron at Robert O. Marson Field tonight fireworks are bound to fly as the two high-scoring teams face off in a Pioneer Valley League bout.
After stumbling out of the gates in PVL play, Colfax found its stride last week as the Falcons came from behind to beat league foe Center, 42-35. Now, the Falcons (3-5, 1-2 PVL) look to even their league record against the Foothill Mustangs (2-6, 1-2 PVL).
Like the Falcons, the Mustangs are coming off their first league win of the season, a 69-62 victory over Lincoln (5-3, 2-1 PVL).
The Mustangs boast a high powered offense that averages 34.9 points per game and ranks third in the PVL, behind Lincoln (50.8 points per game) and Placer (41.6).
The Mustangs offense is based around its talented duel threat quarterback Vernon Robertson.
Foothill’s downfall this season has been its defense, which has allowed a league-worst 44.9 points per game.
On the Falcons side, they boast an offense that can beat opponents on the ground and through the air. Colfax is led by senior running back Lukas Rineer (1,012 rush yards, nine touchdowns) and junior quarterback Austin Weir (1,546 passing yards, 18 touchdowns).
“(Weir) is really stepping up. He throws the ball well. He looks at football from a cerebral standpoint. He looks at what works well, what doesn’t work well, what works in certain coverages. I really like that part about him,” Colfax head coach Tony Martello said earlier this season. “He’s been working really hard. He comes in early in the morning and studies his report; just working his butt off to be as good as he can be.”
Weir has a trio of strong receivers to throw to in senior Matthew Harshman, sophomore Nick Van Doorn and senior Drew Daniels.
The Falcons are averaging 28.9 points per game on the offensive end.
Defensively the Falcons have struggled this season, allowing 32 points per game. Colfax has been especially bad against PVL opponents, allowing 46 points per game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. today at Robert O. Marson Field on the Colfax High School campus.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email email@example.com. Spencer Kellar contributed to this report.
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