Football faces crucial game at Yerington after loss
October 11, 2001
With four games remaining in the regular season and five teams vying for three playoff spots, the pressure is on the Wolverine varsity football team to win tomorrow at Yerington.
Coming off a 38-36 loss to Fernley last Friday, TNT is working even harder to fine tune their offensive and defensive plays.
In the first quarter of play against the Vaqueros, the Wolverines jumped to an early lead with an 8-yard touchdown run by Eric Detwiler and extra point by J.R. Murphy. Evan Birchard returned to the goal line with a 5-yard run to close out the first quarter 13-0.
A 49-yard pass from Wolverine quarterback Kevin Schlesinger to Dave Larson opened the scoring in the second quarter, giving Truckee a comfortable lead.
“At that point in the game Fernley fans were already getting up and leaving, it looked like we had the game locked up,” said TTHS Head Coach Bob Shaffer.
With time running out in the first half, Fernley’s Maquin ran the ball 81 yards to score and put the Vaqueros back in the game.
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The second half was an entirely different scene from the first, as Fernley came out fighting with an early 28-yard pass for a touchdown. Birchard answered back with a 16-yard run and 2-point conversion to keep the Wolverines ahead.
In back-to-back possessions, Maguin brought the ball in on a 30-yard run for the Vaqueros and Birchard once again ran the ball in to score for Truckee.
A Wolverine fumble and Fernley recovery late in the third quarter stopped Truckee’s drive, turning the ball over for a 3-yard run into the end zone by Vaqueros QB Lambeth.
A 72-yard pass and a 45-yard punt return by Fernley added two more touchdowns to the board in the fourth quarter, delivering Truckee’s first loss of the season.
The Wolverines had over 200 yards in penalties and three fumbles in the second half that contributed to their loss.
“We played two halfs,” said Shaffer. “The first half we played really well and then the momentum changed.”
Schlesinger completed 13 for 17 passes for 241 yards and leading rusher Evan Birchard carried the ball 170 yards in 12 possessions.
The Wolverines’ loss moved them out of first place in league standings and they are now tied for third place with Spring Creek.
Tomorrow’s game against Yerington begins at 7:30 p.m.
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