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Junior Varsity Wolverines roll toward undefeated season

Nick Santamaria
Submitted to the Sun

The Truckee Junior Varsity football team continued their strong play with a 69-6 victory over the Spring Creek Spartans in Elko on Oct. 17. Truckee was able to shrug off the 7-hour bus ride to the base of the Ruby Mountains, and improve their record to 7-0 for the season.

The Wolverines were able to put up some impressive numbers on offense while the defense held the Spartans to minimal yardage. The team set the tone early with the hard-hitting physical play which has defined their season. Truckee added some quick scores, by out-executing and out-hitting their opponents, and left the game relatively decided by half-time.

The Junior Varsity offense has put up outstanding numbers this season, scoring 208 points in their last three games alone. The offense has been led by quarterback Ben Bolton, with backs Morgan Nevin, Mitch Nelson, and Collin Christian running well behind a strong offensive line. Joe “Joe Cinco” Salmalla, and Tony Rodriguez have also contributed to the offense with solid receptions and touchdowns.

The Truckee defense has been equally, if not more impressive than the offense, holding teams below 50 total yards per game, and allowing less than a touchdown per contest. The defensive line has been able to put consistent pressure on the quarterback, while the Truckee linebackers continue to make crushing tackles all over the field. The Wolverine secondary has played great as well, consistently making big plays on the few passes that make it to opposing receivers.

The Wolverine punt return has become a constant threat as well. Mitch Nelson has been consistently able to score behind a number of huge hits from return squad.

The junior varsity team will host Yerington on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. There will be no varsity contest, as Yerington has forfeited the rest of their varsity season. But with the addition of the Junior Class combining with their J.V. team, it should be a tough game. This will be the last home game for the J.V. Wolverines, and the last home game for the Truckee Football program before playoffs. The team is looking forward to finishing up their home season in front of a big local crowd, so please come out on Saturday and support the boys.