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Truckee football | Wolverines eke out first league win

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE — After one offensive play apiece, the Truckee and Sparks football teams seemed on their way to an explosive, high-scoring affair.

But the rest of the contest could not have played out more differently.

On a warm Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium, Truckee led 7-6 just 30 seconds in after both teams scored long touchdowns on their first play. No one scored again until the waning seconds of the game, however, when the Wolverines ended a frustrating day with a touchdown to secure a 14-6 victory.

"It's good to get a win, but we just had so many mistakes," said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, whose Wolverines picked up their first league win in five tries. "Our staff was pretty frustrated overall. We're so much more capable than that."

Senior Tanner Sawyer scored both Truckee touchdowns while leading the Wolverines with 113 yards on nine rushes.

He ignited the large homecoming crowd on Truckee's first play, as he rounded the corner on a well-blocked run and sprinted untouched to the end zone from 65 yards out. Jose Araiza kicked through the extra point, and the Wolverines led 7-0 with only 12 seconds off the clock.

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The celebration didn't last long.

On the Railroaders' first play, quarterback Sylis Sanchez threw a quick pass in the flat to Gilbert Hernandez, who caught the Truckee defense off guard when he lateraled to Nick Van Patten, who raced 72 yards for the touchdown. The extra point missed as Sparks cut the lead to 7-6.

Both offenses sputtered after that. The Truckee unit moved the ball well at times but hurt its cause with costly mistakes, including two holding penalties that negated touchdowns and three turnovers.

Near the end of the first half, the Wolverines drove from their own 2-yard line to the Railroaders' 3, aided by a 40-yard run by Gabe Deiro. But after a holding penalty brought back a TD run by Sawyer on first down, the Wolverines stalled, turning the ball over on downs at the 6.

"The offense was not getting it done," Ivens said.

Luckily for the Wolverines, their defense was, particularly in the second half. Truckee held Sparks to just 48 yards of total offense after the midway point while forcing two punts and three turnovers on downs, including a key stop early in the third quarter after fumbling the ball to Sparks at the visitors' 32-yard line.

"Our defense has played well most of the year," Ivens said. "They've kept us in most games. They did a great job."

The coach also praised his sophomore kicker and punter, Araiza, who pinned the Railroaders at their own 1-yard line with a well-placed punt with 5:45 left in the contest. Sparks gained one first down before turning it over on downs at the 15.

The Wolverines took advantage. They punched the ball into the end zone five plays later on a 6-yard run by Sawyer with 7 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"As frustrating as the day was, there were some good things that took place," Ivens said. "There were some things we can built off of, especially on defense."

Truckee sophomore quarterback Tyler Davis, who started in place of junior Sean Bokinskie, finished 2-of-10 passing for 45 yards, with one interception, while the Wolverines rushed for 293 yards on 44 carries. Deiro finished with 94 yards rushing on 13 carries, and Conor Jacobs gained 48 yards on eight carries.

Truckee (1-4) is scheduled to play at Spring Creek (3-2) on Friday. The Wolverines then return home to host Fernley (4-1) on Oct. 18 and Wooster (1-4) on Oct. 25, both at 1:30 p.m. The Wolverines end the regular season at South Tahoe (0-5) on Oct. 31.

Sparks 6, Truckee 14

Sparks 6 0 0 0 — 6

Truckee 7 0 0 7 — 14

First Quarter

T — Sawyer 65-yard run (Araiza kick) 11:48

S — Van Patten 72-yard run (kick failed) 11:31

Fourth Quarter

T — Sawyer 6-yard run (Araiza kick) 0:07

Individual stats

RUSHING — S, 39-174: Van Patten 5-69; O’Meara 16-52; Guadron 13-47; Sanchez 5-6. T, 44-293: Sawyer 9-113; Deiro 13-94; Jacobs 8-48; Bellon 6-24; Cottel 3-9; Bokinskie 1-4; Davis 3-1; Delauney 1-0.

PASSING — S: Sanchez 4-15-17-0-0. T: Davis 2-10-45-0-1.

RECEIVING — S: Hernandez 3-10; O’Meara 1-7. T: Deiro 1-28; Sawyer 1-17.