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Colfax's Loss Is Del Oro's Gain

Longtime Falcons Defensive Coordinator Stowers Heads To Loomis
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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Coaching football at Colfax High School since 1999, there’s a good chance if you took a peek in Jason Stowers’ closet that there would be an over abundance of Falcon Green and White coaching shirts and jackets. But after an 11-year career at Colfax - which included a decade has the Falcons’ varsity defensive coordinator and one last season as the school’s head JV coach - Stowers is changing colors. Moving to Del Oro has a social science instructor for the coming school year, Stowers will be joining Casey Taylor’s varsity staff this season helping coach Del Oro’s running backs and special teams. “It’s a big move for me after being at Colfax so long,” said Stowers about his new position with the Golden Eagles. “I love Colfax. The stay there was great but I needed to make this move.” At some point in his career, Stowers has made it clear that he would like to be a varsity head coach. That goal helped him a bit in making the move to the Golden Eagles. “When the opening came up at Del Oro I had to make a career decision,” said Stowers. “Tony (Martello) is going to be a round awhile at Colfax so going to Loomis for the experience became a choice. Also, the commute will be a lot shorter,” added Stowers who resides in Roseville. At Colfax, Stowers’ defenses became known for their hard-hitting, attacking style which over the years featured standout linebackers such as Chris Pulver, Wayne Lambeth, Ronnie Davidson, Chris Briasco and Colton Russi. In his tenure at Colfax, the Falcons won or tied for seven league football titles and won captured three section championships which included back-to-back title game wins over Manteca and Oakdale in 2002 and 2003. In the 2007 season, Stowers’ defense set a school record by posting five shutouts and allowing just 105 points in 12 games. Last season, Stowers took the reins of Colfax’s JV program and guided the Falcons to a 9-1 mark. Taylor had nothing but good things to say about Stowers donning Del Oro Black and Gold. “He’s going to be a big asset to our staff,” said Taylor. “Jason brings a lot enthusiasm and we’re happy to have him aboard.” In parting, Stowers noted: “Colfax will always be home. “I’ll have a lot of fond memories to look back on.” Sierra Grid Camp If prep football fans are itching for early season action, both Del Oro and Colfax will be hosting several passing league sessions this summer. The Falcons open their summer work Monday by hosting Whitney at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, Sierra College’s Football Camp will be held June 22, 23 and 24 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and include full scrimmage action with the likes of Del Oro, Rocklin, Casa Roble, Oakmont and Woodcreek.