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Truckee football | Wolverines run away with rain-soaked rout

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

The nastier the weather, the bigger the advantage for the Truckee football team.

The skies opened before the Wolverines' final home game of the season against Wooster on Saturday, drenching Surprise Stadium and its occupants with a heavy dose of rain and snow.

Truckee players loved it. Wooster, not so much. And like old times, the Wolverines dominated the soggy action en route to a 49-0 trouncing.

"That was a good old fashion Truckee score. It felt good," said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, whose Wolverines improved to 3-5 in league and 4-5 overall. "We've been through a lot of the field. To get that win for the seniors in their last home game was nice."

Neither team seemed destined to score many points after a scoreless first quarter of punts. But the Wolverines caught fire in the second quarter with a little help from the Colts (1-7 league), who had a miserable time executing in the adverse weather.

The result was three Truckee touchdowns before the half, all after Wooster mistakes that set up the hosts with a short field. As the rain and snow subsided during the half, Truckee scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter and two in the fourth to complete the rout.

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By the final horn the Wolverines had amassed 339 yards rushing, with five different players scoring touchdowns. Senior Tanner Sawyer and sophomore Wulfe Retzlaff led the charge, each finishing with over 100 yards and two touchdowns.

"The storm hit and went just in time for us," Ivens said. "Our guys are born to play in that weather, and that's why Truckee will never run a 100 percent spread offense. We usually are playing in November in this weather and it would be pretty embarrassing if we couldn't even take a snap from center in our own weather."

Ivens said Truckee players "got excited" early in the contest when large snowflakes began falling with the rain. As soon as they settled down and stopped trying to make cuts on the wet grass, the Wolverines began to move the ball with a pounding running game.

"They had to adjust. They were trying to make cuts early in the game. We told them to put their heads down and get as many yards as they coud," Ivens said.

On the other side, the Colts looked cold and dejected as Truckee continually stifled their normally pass-heavy offense led by quarterback Hunter Triplett. Wooster managed just 21 yards of total offense and one first down, with Triplett completing four of his nine pass attempts for 31 yards, with two interceptions, and the running game coming up with minus-10 yards on 29 carries.

"That offense is not designed to battle in November in Truckee," Ivens said of the Colts, who entered the game averaging almost 28 points per game. "They are a much better team than the score showed."

Sawyer put the Wolverines on the board with the first of his two TDs early in the second quarter. He ran it in from 10 yards after Wooster turned the ball over on a botched a punt attempt.

The Colts again set up the Wolverines on their next possession, coughing up a fumble that Truckee recovered at the Wooster 16-yard line. Three plays later, Carson Cottel punched it in on a 5-yard run. Sawyer ran in the two-point conversion to give Truckee a 14-0 lead.

Following a three-and-out on its next possession, another botched snap on a Wooster punt attempt gave Truckee the ball at the 17. Four plays later, Retzlaff scored from 4 yards, and Jose Araiza followed with the PAT to extend the lead to 21-0. After missing his first PAT, Araiza drilled his next four attempts.

The Wolverines forced a three-and-out to open the third quarter and proceeded to march 59 yards to the end zone. Senior Gabe Deiro capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Sawyer set up the Wolverines with a long punt return after another Colts three-and-out. Sawyer then finished what he started with a 15-yard touchdown run two plays later, giving Truckee a 35-0 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Wooster picked up its only first down of the afternoon on its next possession — a 27-yard pass completion from Triplett to Chris Greco — but Sawyer ended the drive with an interception.

Four plays later, Retzlaff burst up the middle and ran 65 yards for the score, and 42-0 lead.

Junior Sean Bokinskie got in on the scoring action on Truckee's next drive, as he broke the goal line from a yard out to extend the lead to the final margin — and prompt officials to use a running clock for the remainder of the contest.

Cottel intercepted a pass on Wooster's ensuing possession to round out the Wolverines' performance.

Sawyer led the Truckee offense with 117 yards rushing on 10 carries — "Sawyer has been our guy all year," Ivens said — while Retzlaff finished with 111 yards on 13 carries and posted a game-high 15 tackles. Eli Delauney, Taylor Ludwig and Austin Murtha recorded seven tackles apiece, and Murtha, Erik Swalander and Christian Mendoza each had a sack.

The Wolverines will end the regular season at South Tahoe (2-6 league) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Wooster 0, Truckee 49

Wooster 0 0 0 0 — 0

Truckee 0 21 14 14 — 49

Second Quarter

T — Sawyer 10-yard run (kick failed) 11:18

T — Cottel 5-yard run (Sawyer run) 10:03

T — Retzlaff 4-yard run (Araiza kick) 6:22

Third Quarter

T — Deiro 10-yard run (Araiza kick) 4:38

T — Sawyer 15-yard run (Araiza kick) 1:40

Fourth Quarter

T — Retzlaff 65-yard run (Araiza kick) 10:06

T — Bokinskie 1-yard run (Araiza kick) 6:02

Individual stats

RUSHING — Wooster, 29-(-10): Barnum 6-11; Martel 8-10; Duminie 1-1; Gage 1-0; Greco 3-(-16); Triplett 10-(16). Truckee, 50-339: Sawyer 10-117; Retzlaff 13-111; Deiro 13-76; Gravell 2-13; Cottel 2-13; Bokinskie 3-7; Jacobs 3-6; Davis 4-(-4).

PASSING — Wooster: Triplett 4-9-31-2-0. T: Davis 2-2-38-0-0.

RECEIVING — Wooster: Greco 2-33; Gage 1-0; Martel 1-(-2). Truckee: Sawyer 2-38.