Truckee JV football dominating competition
September 23, 2008
The Truckee High junior varsity football team is looking forward to Northern 3A league play after posting a 3-0 record in the preseason.
“We’re right where we want to be heading in to league,” said Truckee head coach and offensive coordinator Tom Mohun. “The boys took a big step in avenging their loss to Colfax last season.”
Coming off of a 42-14 victory over the Colfax Falcons this past weekend, the Wolverines are preparing for their first league matchup at Lowry on Friday.
Relying on a diversified offense led by quarterback Ben Bolton, Truckee is averaging 446 yards per game, relying on a strong ground game and a heavy passing attack. Bolton, who has accounted for more than 500 yards passing and nine touchdowns, has been able to spread the field with Mitch Nelson, Morgan Nevin and Joe Salmala having all pulled down touchdown catches.
The passing game has been aided by the strong running of backs Colin Cristian, Nevin and Nelson, who along with Cory Ackerman have all crossed the goal line for the Wolverine offense. The offensive line, including Dalton Stevens, Taylor Wolf-Morrison, Nate Tanner and Sam Duner, has been able to open up lanes for the running backs and keep pressure off their quarterback, paving the way for an offense that is averaging 42 points a game.
The Truckee defense has played extremely tough, holding opponents to an average of 66 total yards per game. The defensive line of Shane Fisher, Ethan Manseau, Dylan Sheedy and Trevor Houghton has been able to play the run well, and they have put consistent pressure on the quarterback.
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Truckee’s linebacking core of Nevin, Christian, Bolton, Ackerman and Salmala has been able to execute great pass coverage and fill holes with big hits on run support and blitzes. Tony Rodriguez, Cody “Primetime” Neil, Allen, Nelson, and Brandon Craddock have all contributed with big plays in the secondary. The Wolverine defense has allowed only 14 points this year, and continues to improve.
Special teams has also put points on the scoreboard, with Mitch Nelson returning a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown behind strong blocking against Colfax.
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