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Truckee football | Vaqueros run away with 34-3 win

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE — Sophomore kicker Jose Araiza cut Truckee's deficit to 7-3 when he blasted a 42-yard field goal square down the middle and with plenty of leg against visiting Fernley on Saturday.

And that was the extent of the Wolverines' offensive production.

While Truckee played well in spurts on both sides of the ball, a couple of costly turnovers, untimely penalties and lapses on defense opened the door for an explosive Fernley team to pull away with a 34-3 Northern Division I-A win.

"I thought we held our own and kept it tight for a long time. But eventually I think we just wore down," said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, whose Wolverines fell to 2-5 in league play and out of playoff contention. "Fernley was big, there's no doubt about it. They were also faster than us. But I thought we matched them pretty well physically."

Fernley, which improved to 6-1 in league, scored 13 points in the second quarter to carry a 20-3 lead into the half. After a scoreless third quarter, the Vaqueros broke loose for two long touchdown plays in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to the final margin.

Senior running back Brian Reyes did most of the damage, as he scored four touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 131 yards. Three of his TDs came on big plays — a 25-yard run in the first quarter, a 68-yard run in the second quarter and a 55-yard pass reception in the fourth.

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Despite the score, the Wolverines had some positive moments. They forced Fernley into five punts on the day. Carson Cottel intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards. They recovered a Fernley fumble. The offense moved the ball at times. And special teams recovered an onside kick to open the second half.

But Truckee could not take advantage of the opportunities it created. The Vaqueros, on the other hand, made the Wolverines pay for their every mistake.

After both teams punted on their first possession, Truckee lost a fumble deep in its own territory. One play later, Reyes ran 25 yards for the game's first score.

Following a sustained ensuing drive that ended with Araiza's 42-yard field goal, the Wolverines forced a Fernley punt but then lost another fumble at their own 6-yard line. Three plays later, Reyes punched the ball across the goal line from a yard out, extending the visitors' lead to 13-3.

"If you eliminate those two turnovers it's a different game," Ivens said. "You could see the air come out of us at that point. We don't deal with adversity very well, and those two early fumbles killed us."

Truckee also struggled to protect sophomore quarterback Tyler Davis, who was sacked seven times for minus-47 yards. Junior lineman Tyler Roemer, at 6-foot-6 and 269 pounds, was particularly hard on Davis and the Truckee offensive line.

"That 74 (Roemer) for Fernley was a force," Ivens said. "We didn't have an answer for him. He was big and fast, and we didn't have anyone who matched up well with him."

Reyes adjusted the score to 20-3 in the second quarter when he burst into the secondary after a missed tackle and raced 68 yards to the end zone.

Truckee's defense had its best quarter in the third, as it held Fernley to consecutive three-and-out possessions before Cottel's interception ended the Vaqueros' next drive.

The fourth quarter didn't turn out as well for the hosts. After driving to the Fernley 5-yard line behind the hard running of sophomore fullback Wulfe Retzlaff, Truckee turned the ball over on downs at the 10. The Vaqueros proceeded to march down the field before Reyes caught a short screen pass from quarterback Kevin Montgomery and bolted 55 yards for the score, and 27-3 lead.

The Wolverines turned the ball over on downs near midfield on their next possession, and Fernley answered with a 45-yard drive that was capped by Kyle Throckmorton's 27-yard touchdown run.

Senior Gabe Deiro led Truckee's ground game with 76 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Retzlaff recorded nine tackles from his linebacker position, and Orlander Simms had Truckee's only sack.

Truckee 3, Fernley 34

Fernley 7 13 0 14 — 34

Truckee 3 0 0 0 — 3

First Quarter

F — Reyes 25-yard run (Kelso kick) 8:57

T — Araiza 42-yard field goal 4:01

Second Quarter

F — Reyes 1-yard run (kick failed) 11:56

F — Reyes 68-yard run (Kelso kick) 8:52

Third Quarter

F — Reyes 55-yard pass from Montgomery (Kelso kick) 7:29

F — Throckmorton 27-yard run (Kelso kick) 2:52

Individual stats

RUSHING — Truckee, 42-129: Deiro 16-76: Retzlaff 9-50: Sawyer 4-36: Jacobs 3-8; Bellon 1-4; Cottel 1-2; Davis 8-(-47). Fernley, 30-209: Reyes 12-131; Montgomery 13-57; Throckmorton 5-21.

PASSING — Truckee: Davis 10-24-83-0-0. Fernley: Montgomery 5-12-87-1-1.

RECEIVING — Truckee: Deiro 2-19; Sawyer 2-18; Retzlaff 1-14; Jepsen 3-13; Cottel 1-11; Jacobs 1-8. Fernley: Reyes 1-55; Allen 2-23; Kelso 1-5; Throckmorton 1-4.

Northern Division I-A standings

Football

Team League         Overall

xFallon         7-0     7-1

Elko   6-1     6-1

Fernley        6-1     6-2

Lowry           5-2     6-2

Dayton          4-3     5-3

Spring Creek          3-4     3-4

Truckee        2-5     3-5

Wooster       1-6     2-6

South Tahoe           1-6     1-7

Sparks          0-7     0-7

Last week’s results

Fallon 40, Spring Creek 19

Dayton 40, Wooster 37

Elko 49, South Tahoe 28

Lowry 40, Sparks 7