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Truckee football | Wolverines sharp in road victory

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com

Seven games into its 2014 campaign, the Truckee football team finally played up to its potential.

The Wolverines took control early at Spring Creek on Friday and maintained their momentum throughout the contest en route to a 33-20 win. The victory was Truckee's second straight in league play, coming off a 14-6 triumph over Sparks the week prior.

"That was a much more satisfying win than the Sparks win," said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, whose team improved to 2-4 in Northern Division I-A play and 3-4 overall. "We played much more like we're capable of playing. It was our best game of the year.

"We still made mistakes, but we didn't have any turnovers and we forced them into a few. That was the difference."

Truckee took care of business on both sides of the ball. The defense caused four turnovers, including three by way of interceptions, while the offense made clutch plays when needed.

One of the biggest plays for the Wolverines came just before the half. Leading 14-6 with 15 seconds remaining in the frame, sophomore quarterback Tyler Davis fired a strike to senior Tanner Sawyer, and Sawyer outran the Spring Creek secondary to the end zone from 39 yards out.

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"That was a huge turning point," Ivens said, adding that the Wolverines added another touchdown with a successful drive to open the third quarter, giving Truckee a commanding 27-6 lead. The Wolverines extended the margin to 33-6 early in the fourth quarter on Sawyer's second touchdown of the night.

Spring Creek (3-3 league) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to make the final score more respectable, the last of which came on a quarterback keeper by Draper as time expired.

Four different Truckee players scored touchdowns, with Sawyer leading the way with one receiving TD and one rushing. Gabe Deiro, JJ Bellon and Wulfe Retzlaff scored one rushing touchdown apiece, while Retzlaff and Deiro led the ground game with 66 and 64 yards, respectively. Deiro also had 77 yards receiving on three catches, and Sawyer had 76 yards on three catches.

Davis, in only his second start at quarterback, was 7-of-15 passing for 170 yards, with the one touchdown and no interceptions.

On the opposite side, Spring Creek quarterback Dillon Draper was 11-of-24 for 89 yards, with three interceptions and a lost fumble. While he struggled with turnovers, Draper rushed for a game-high 133 yards on 23 carries. Braxton Williams gained 125 yards rushing for Spring Creek on 22 carries.

Sawyer, Chris Lefrak and Eli Delauney each picked off a pass, and Retzlaff and Deiro recorded 12 tackles apiece. Bellon, who recovered Draper's fumble, contributed 10 tackles, Austin Murtha had nine and Delauney eight. Joe Ketron was credited with a sack and a half as he teamed up with Murtha on one.

"It was a good win for us," Ivens said. "It definitely boosted morale and confidence."

Truckee has consecutive home games before ending the regular season at South Tahoe. The Wolverines will host Fernley on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Wooster the following Saturday at the same time. The top four teams advance to the postseason.