The Truckee football team is off to a promising start.
Following a sluggish first half offensively, the Wolverines warmed up in the second half to earn a 14-0 win in their season opener at defending Division III state champion Yerington on Friday.
“I was actually hoping for a better start offensively, but defensively our guys played awesome,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, whose team limited the hosts to just 77 yards of total offense. “We haven’t had a defensive effort like that in a couple of years.”
Tanner Sawyer put Truckee on the board with a 6-yard run in the third quarter, while Gabe Deiro added insurance with a 4-yard touchdown run late in the fourth. Sophomore Jose Araiza converted both PATs.
Truckee rushed for 225 yards on 46 carries, with Deiro leading the ground game with 92 rushing yards on 12 carries, and sophomore Wulfe Retzlaff contributing 84 yards on 11 attempts.
“They ran hard and gained a lot of yards after first contact, which is very pleasing,” Ivens said of his two leading backs. “Wulfe is a big kid. He was carrying guys on most running plays.”
In his first start at quarterback, junior Sean Bokinskie finished 2-of-7 passing for 46 yards, with no interceptions.
The Wolverines fumbled three times and lost two of the fumbles, including one in the red zone. They also committed several untimely penalties, Ivens said, and on numerous occasions missed blocking assignments.
“I attribute that to early season stuff. That’s what I’m hoping anyway,” Ivens said.
Senior defensive back Eli Delauney recorded 11 tackles — 10 solo — to lead the defense.
Truckee will host defending Northern Division I-A champion Fallon to open league play this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 1:30 p.m.