Rested Falcons ready for Mesa Verde
Coming off its bye week, the Colfax football team has one more tune-up game before opening the Pioneer Valley League season against Bear River Oct. 11.
The Falcons and the Bruins are both 4-0 with one more preseason game left before their league clash at J. David Ramsey Field.
But that’s a week from now. Tonight the Falcons get the Mavericks from Mesa Verde.
The Mavericks limp into the contest at 1-3 and reeling from a 54-20 throttling by Lincoln, their third straight loss this season after opening with a 28-22 win over Mira Loma.
The Falcons, on the other hand, are flying high with their pass-heavy spread offense that has them averaging 35.5 points per game and more than 365 yards per game.
Most of those yards come through the air with senior quarterback Michael Wilson shredding opposing defenses to the tune of 274.8 passing yards per game and a total of 15 touchdowns to only three interceptions.
Wilson has a trio of talented senior receivers on the end of his passes with Kyle Bryant (28 catches, 353 yards and six touchdowns), Chas Reisinger (22 catches, 401 yards and three touchdowns), and Chris Harshman (23 catches, 294 yards and two touchdowns).
The Falcons’ offense should be able to continue their torrid pace against Mesa Verde. The Mavericks’ defense has allowed an average 55.3 points per game in their last three games.
The Falcon defense, which has allowed 13.75 points per game this season and has given up only seven points in their last two contests, will be licking their chops against the Maverick offense, which scores only 15 points per game this season.
The Colfax defense is led by defensive lineman Mario Margherita with 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Sophomore linebacker Beau Baggett leads the team in solo tackles with 21 to go with two sacks and a forced fumble. Fellow linebacker Jake Medeiros leads the team in tackles with 40 (16 solo, 24 assist), has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. With Margherita, Baggett and Medeiros holding down the front lines, defensive backs Alex Nevarez and Sam LaHaie have been able to roam the secondary, picking passes and limiting opposing aerial attacks.
The Mavericks lean on their run game more often than their pass game, averaging 119 yards on the ground and 51.5 through the air.
Mesa Verde’s sophomore quarterback Tanner Minton is just 17-of-52 this season for 206 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Minton’s top target is sophomore Conlan Mollard with 10 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown.
On the ground, the Mavericks rely on seniors Christian Garcia (22 carries, 171 yards and a touchdown) and Jess Roberts (29 carries, 133 yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams have played a similar opponent this season in El Camino. Colfax beat the El Camino Eagles, 35-28, and Mesa Verde lost to them, 63-0.
The game gets started at 7:30 p.m. today at Colfax.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All stats and rankings are provided by MaxPreps.com.
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