The fumble, though, wasn't by the team playing its first game of the season, but by Dimond, playing its sixth. In fact, except for a rash of penalties by Colfax in the first half, the Falcons looked like the team playing its sixth game and Dimond, with fumbles and an interception, looked like the team playing its first.
That, a speedy Colfax defense, senior quarterback Ben Galbraith and senior wide receiver/kick returner Mike McCoy resulted in a 44-7 rout by Colfax over the Lynx.
Galbraith is a highly-recruited 6-3, 210 pounder and so is McCoy at 6-0, 185. McCoy, with speed and elusiveness, was the most dangerous player on the field, catching passes and running back kicks. He's the real McCoy and had touchdown pass receptions of 31 and 37 yards.
Colfax extended its unbeaten streak to 19-0-1 and its winning streak to 16-0, while Dimond, the top ranked team in Alaska (last week anyway) fell to 4-2 on the season.
If the Falcons have any close games this season, they will also be able to count on 6-1, 190-pound senior kicker Dayne Delano, who had seemingly effortless field goals of 25, 29 and 32 yards against the Lynx while also booting five extra points.
The win by Colfax raised California's all-time high school football record against Alaska to 2-3, both wins coming this year. It was also the second time Dimond has ventured south to California for football...
California's all-time games vs. Alaska:
1994: Chugiak (Eagle River) 47, Beverly Hills 28
(game was in Honolulu)
2000: Dimond (Anchorage) 27, Notre Dame (Riverside) 6
(game was in Riverside)
2000: Bartlett (Anchorage) 48, Lowell (San Francisco) 8
(game was in San Francisco)
2003: Parker (San Diego) 62, Ketchikan 0
(game was in Ketchikan)
2003: Colfax 44, Dimond (Anchorage) 7
(game was in Colfax)
Editor's Note: Thanks to George Tennis, brother of Nelson and father of Mark, for his assistance in getting this story completed.