RedHawks tackle Braves for league lead
Down 20 - 6 after Hamilton High's Theron Fumasi returned an interception 90 yards for a score, Colusa faced an uphill battle with 2:15 left in the first half. On the following drive, quarterback Hunter Mobley bounced back to connect with R.J. Phillips on a 17-yard scoring strike, and the RedHawks never looked back in a 41-20 win in Hamilton City on Friday.
With the win, Colusa (4-0 MVL, 7-2) clinched at least a share of the Mid-Valley League championship, a title they can win outright with a win next week in Williams.
Colusa scored 35 unanswered points --27 of which came in the second half -- by riding an opportunistic defense and a balanced offensive attack for the come-from-behind win.
"They were the better team, because they didn't turn the ball over. End of story," Hamilton coach Ryan Bentz said.
"We turned the ball over three, four times in the second half. That's not how you win games. I thought these were two evenly matched teams for a league title. We just didn't get it done. Congratulations to them," Bentz added.
"There were a lot of guys who chipped in for us tonight. Our defense with the turnovers in the second half was big," said Colusa coach Paul Theriault.
"I thought that we were balanced on offense. We always try to pick up the pace, and I had a tough time slowing us down to go into the four-minute drill there at the end," Theriault said. "We've got a big game with Williams next week, and we know they're gunning for us."
Andrew Shippelhoute scored from 4 yards out and Austin Burbank scored on a 52-yard scamper for Hamilton, in addition to Fumasi's pick-six.
For Colusa, Mobley and Phillips hooked up twice on touchdown passes of 17 and 25 yards. Phillips also tossed a touchdown to a wide-open Garrett Calcagno when Colusa reached into their bag of tricks and dialed up a reverse pass.
Estavan Frias scored twice on runs of 10 and 7 yards, and Jose Santana capped the scoring for Colusa with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Standing out on defense for the RedHawks were Luis Padilla with two interceptions, and Cesar Buenrostro, who was a force on the defensive line with three sacks for -30 yards and a blocked punt.
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