The Sonora High School football team was greeted with a steady rain, wind gusts and temperatures in the low 50s Friday night for Round 3 of the CIF-Sac Joaquin playoff game against Colfax.
On-the-road white uniforms? Not for long as the ‘Cats were on defense for the game’s first possession.
A quick three and out got things underway and Sonora took over for what would prove to be a late November mudfest.
Wildcat quarterback Jake Gookin gave Sonora some early momentum with a keeper and a first down.
With 10:12 to go in the first quarter a slippery football ended up in the hands of Colfax. Sonora checked back with a Devun Battle interception.
A three and out forced a punt, and a slippery snap ended up flying through the endzone, giving Colfax a safety, a 2-0 lead and another chance on offense near midfield.
One play later the lead was 9-0 after a 52-yard touchdown and a good PAT.
The Wildcats answered with a touchdown, closing the gap to 9-7.
Kickoff. Another Colfax touchdown. Falcons lead 16-7.
Three touchdowns with less than five minutes off the clock.
On the Wildcats’ next possession Karson Clifton slipped down to the 27 yard line for a first down. A fourth and eight and Sonora went for it, but couldn’t convert on a pass into the endzone.
The Falcons took over on their 25 yard line. They chewed a chunk of time off the clock, scoring another touchdown with less than a minute to go in the first for the 23-7 lead as the first quarter ended.
The second quarter started with a fumble on a pitch play.
The turnover would give Colfax another touchdown and the 30-7 lead with about 10 to go in the half.
Colfax scored yet another touchdown for a 37-7 lead at the end of the first half.
The Falcons picked up right where they left off in second half action, scoring another touchdown for a 44-7 lead minutes into the third quarter. Then another for a 51-7 score as the third quarter ended.
The fourth quarter was a slippery slide to the end of the Wildcat’s season. They held the Falcons to a scoreless fourth quarter, a positive finish for a team that struggled early in their season before going undefeated in Mother Lode League play.
Sonora finished with a 7-5 overall record and a five-win league record before falling to the No. 1 seeded undefeated Colfax team.