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Roth gets defensive against Lassen Grizzlies

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee Bandits quarterback Tavin Hamilton hands off to Jake Solberg during their game against the Lassen Grizzlies this past Saturday. Hamilton rushed for a 51-yard touchdown in the game.

Before the Sierra Youth Football League Bandit Division game on Saturday, most of the parents from the visiting Lassen Grizzlies appeared to be guarded from the 31-degree weather by blankets and heavy jackets.After the game, one of the Grizzliesandamp;#8217; coaches commented that he was also prepared for the cold weather but missed the forecast on the severe defensive storm that linebacker Jason Roth summoned for the Wolverines at Truckee River View Sports Park.The 5- to 7-year-old Grizzlies did weather the defensive storm and earned the 25-6 victory for their first win of the season. The Grizzlies coach was referring to Rothandamp;#8217;s eight tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles, all in the first half.Roth finished his personal-best game leading the defense in every category with 11 tackles, four behind the line of scrimmage, and two sacks. He also recovered two of the three fumbles he forced.Although Roth also led the team with four solo tackles, he was definitely not alone in the Wolverinesandamp;#8217; best defensive effort of the year. Roth and 10 others on defense contributed tackles to hold the Grizzlies to 191 yards, the least given up by Truckee all season.Defensive end Sean McMullen was second on the team with his personal-best 10 tackles. McMullen was followed by defensive tackle Hutton Johnson and safety Tavin Hamilton with nine tackles each. Defensive tackle Aidan Powers and cornerback Holden Woodruff both had seven tackles.Linebacker Ronan Collins and cornerback Jake Solberg contributed four tackles each. Linebackers AJ Plechner and Ricardo Espinoza Jr. earned two tackles, and linebacker Caige Maran was in on one tackle.Offensively, the Wolverines were held in check by the Grizzlies except for a handful of plays. On one defensive laps, quarterback Tavin Hamilton took the snap and turned a busted play into a run around the right side, breaking through two tackles and evading all the other defenders to find the end zone after 51 yards. Running back Holden Woodruff had a run for 2 yards and another for a 1-yard gain. He also made a great catch on a screen pass but was quickly met by two defenders and brought down. Hamilton also led the team with a 5-yard kick return.Next up for the Wolverines is a home game against the McQueen Lancers at River View Sports Park on Saturday at 9 a.m.andamp;#8212; This article was submitted to swright@sierrasun.com.