The Wolverines have experienced the full gamut of results this season.
They’ve gotten a taste of blowout losses, a blowout win and a tightly contested overtime victory. On Friday night, they added a heartbreaking loss to the mix.
“It was definitely a heartbreaker,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, whose Wolverines dropped to 2-5 on the year after a 35-33 loss at Wooster on Friday.
Truckee led by as many as 10 points late in the second quarter, at 17-7. Wooster scored on a long touchdown run in the final seconds of the half to cut the lead to 17-14. The Wolverines relinquished the lead for good early in the third quarter.
“We’re just not that good,” Ivens said. “We don’t show any fight to get off the block... It’s frustrating.”
While Truckee’s defense got off to a strong start, holding the Colts scoreless in the first quarter, senior running back Foa Sofara increasingly torched the Wolverines as the game wore on. By the end he had amassed 382 yards rushing on 36 carries. He scored three touchdowns, including a 76-yard scamper.
“We had pretty much controlled 44 (Sofara) for most of the first half. But in the second half we couldn’t stop him,” said Ivens, describing Sofara as a downhill runner with a good burst of speed.
Truckee’s offense led by senior fullback Lance Bokinskie and quarterback Louden Smith kept the Wolverines in the game, Ivens said, while Smith also contributed on defense with three interceptions and a strip.
The Wolverines rushed for 184 yards in the game, led by Bokinskie’s 114 yards on 15 carries. They threw for 254 yards, as Smith went 19-of-44 for 207 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions, and Sean Bokinskie was 2-for-3 for 47 yards, with a TD and interception. Junior receiver Tanner Sawyer caught five passes for 80 yards.
“The offense played well. Lance Bokinskie had a great game. He ran the ball hard,” Ivens said, adding that Smith started out slowly but heated up.
Truckee could have used senior safety and wingback Thor Retzlaff, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury the previous week at Fernley. Without Retzlaff, who remains the Wolverines’ leading tackler despite not playing, senior Mitch Harrity recorded 12 tackles (five solo) to lead the way. Gabe Deiro had nine tackles and Carson Cottel seven. Greg Engler had Truckee’s only sack.
The Wolverines will host first-place Fallon on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Greenwave (7-0) have been on a season-long tear, averaging better than 53 points a game while outscoring opponents 372-72.
Said Ivens: “We’ve got to keep their offense off the field, which we haven’t been able to do all season.”