PREP FOOTBALL: Lincoln tramples Colfax in PVL opener
Special to Foothill Diret
Lincoln’s high-powered offense propelled them past the Colfax Falcons Friday night as the Zebras cruised to a 55-21 victory in a contest between two Pioneer Valley League teams.
There were few positives for a Colfax squad that had miscues in bunches. Turnovers proved to be the Falcons’ undoing from the very beginning, after their opening drive was prematurely ended when Lincoln recovered a fumbled snap on the Colfax 46-yard line. The Zebras capitalized immediately, with Ryan Graham (13 rushes for 70 yards and two touchdowns) getting the goal line touchdown that drew first blood.
It looked like Colfax would respond on their next drive after senior running back Lukas Rineer (19 rushes for 123 yards, with one touchdown) took a screen pass 36 yards for a touchdown. The potential tying score was called back by a penalty, however, and Colfax would eventually turn it over on downs.
“Our kids fought until the end. Their attitudes are awesome. We took a butt-kicking tonight, and we’ve got to find a way to fight back,” said Colfax coach Tony Martello.
Lincoln put up 27 unanswered points before the Falcons were finally able to register points on the scoreboard behind a 41-yard touchdown run from Rineer with under two minutes left before halftime.
Colfax made things interesting, if only for a moment, after Marc Avila (81 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts) gashed Lincoln for another long touchdown on Colfax’s first drive in the third quarter. It was the Falcons’ second consecutive score and drew them within three touchdowns, but any momentum was quickly squandered when Lincoln’s Caleb Kettlehut returned the ensuing kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown.
By the time the fourth quarter had begun, Lincoln’s starters had already given way to its backups. Quarterback Elijah Garcia finished with 244 yards through the air with two passing touchdowns, while running back Elijah Cunningham exploded for 141 yards on only eight attempts, with touchdown runs of 15, 35 and 47 yards.
It was a tough loss for Colfax, which was hoping to begin league play with a victory. Instead, they fall to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the PVL with a trip to undefeated Bear River next up on the docket.
“We will (shake it off). We’ve been here before. They’ll be fine. We’ll lick our wounds and come back fighting,” Martello said.
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