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Truckee frosh football handles Lowry

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The Truckee High freshman football team defeated visiting Lowry, 40-21, on Sept. 28.

Due to a scheduling problem, there were no officials at game time. Luckily for Truckee, alumni T.J. Dwyer, Jessie Richardson and Art Lyon stepped up to officiate the game.

Following a Buckaroos fumbled on their first series, Truckee’s Matt Meahan ran over the right tackle for the first touchdown of the game. After a failed extra point Truckee led 6-0.

Lowry wasted no time retaliating with a kickoff return for a touchdown from its 33-yard line to take a 7-6 lead.

Truckee quarterback Nate Hammil then orchestrated a nice drive, using several backs along the way. Jackson Weed, Matt Meahan, Kory Ricketts and Luis Aguilar all contributed as the young Wolverines marched down the field and scored on a 28-yard pass play from Hammil to Meahan in the left corner of the end zone to take a 13-7 lead.

After a great defensive stand led by Ezekiel Soto, Logan Goode and Vince Shaffer, Lowry was forced to punt.

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On a third-and-four call on the Wolverines next possession, Luis Aguilar ran a sweep wide for 55 yards, along with a few great straight arms, to score another Truckee touchdown. The extra point was good, giving the Wolverines a 20-7 lead.

The half ended with Truckee on top, 20-14.

“Lowry punched us in the mouth the first half,” said Truckee head coach Rick Wilson. “They were physical, but we made some adjustments at half. Coaches Sahlberg, Cramer, Noel and Willy told the kids to hold their blocks and to wrap up on their tackles, keep working hard. It worked pretty well as the young Wolverines came out firing in the second half.”

Truckee’s offensive line of Ryan Zusy, Chris Martinez, Vance Brown, Chris Gallagher, Alex Corral and Alec Sahlberg dominated the second half.

“We moved Brown and Martinez to the guard position, and they did a great job,” Wilson said. “The boys were opening some holes and the backs were hitting them. It’s great to see when the kids put it all together. We are looking forward to getting Cory Sharp back from an injury next week, which will help our receiving. Unfortunately, we have lost Tyler Ferris to an injury for several weeks.”

Meahan finished the day with a nice 25-yard cutback run on a sweep, following blocks from Cramer and Zusy.

“Our defense stepped up today,” Wilson said. “Luis Aguilar had some monster hits, Kyle Mullen shut down the outside, and Matt Duncan did a good job inside. Matt House and Jared McDonnell also contributed on the defensive line. I am pleased with the effort, but I am looking forward to getting better, putting it all together for an entire game. We will need it next week in our rematch against Fernley.”

Truckee hosts Dayton on Thursday at 2 p.m.