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Diamondbacks stumble in Colfax gridiron loss

By From page A7 | September 16, 2013

COLFAX — For almost its entire game Friday, Union Mine struggled to generate an offensive attack that could find the goal line and the evening was a test for the Diamondbacks in perseverance and determination.

With almost every possession, Colfax added to a comfortable lead. Though the D’backs found some momentum midway through the fourth quarter and showed tremendous resiliency in marching down the field to score their only points, Colfax dominated the game and handed Union Mine a difficult 49-7 defeat.

From the start, the D’back defense faced the daunting task of grounding the aerial attack of the Falcons — a difficult assignment for Kyle McDonald, Austin Camera, Kevin Casio, Anthony Beck, Jake Horn, Tyler Parker, Nate Brown, Cathey, Blake Thornton and Alex Balderston along with a host of other D’backs.

The Falcons proved on their second possession of the game that Union Mine was hard-pressed to stop their passing attack as Colfax found the end zone midway through the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. That lead continued to grow until halftime where the D’backs faced with a 28-0 deficit.

In the second half, Union Mine played with tremendous purpose and resolve as the defense attempted to slow down the Colfax attack while the offense battled to find pay dirt. Through the third and fourth quarters, the D’backs found success and held the Falcons to a pair of touchdowns in the second half. Colfax’ final points came on a kickoff return late in the game.

As for Union Mine’s offense, the fourth quarter showcased a strong effort by the offensive line of Justin Reiner, Josh Middleton, Juan Desalas, Cesar Rodriquez and Thornton who gave Pearman time to throw and running lanes for Austin Rigsby and Horn.

What transpired from the blocking was an offensive drive that resulted in the Diamondbacks marching down to the Colfax 6 yard line. That ‘s where Brody Pearman found Matt Cathey in the end zone as the D’backs avoided the shutout. Estaban Gonzales added the extraa point.

Union Mine has another difficult test this Friday against Ponderosa.

Scott Warden

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