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Truckee Pee Wees blank host Vaqueros in 28-0 win

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The Truckee Pop Warner Junior Pee Wees returned to winning form Saturday once the elements of smoke and near-freezing rain decided to let the 9-, 10- and 11-year-olds play without their influence.

The Wolverines visited the Fernley Vaqueros in a sun-soaked afternoon and left with a 28-0 victory.

Truckee, which defeated Fernley 33-0 in week two, is now 3-1 after falling 35-6 to the Reno Central Wolfpack last week.

The only smoke present in the most recent matchup was from the shoes of wide receiver Jake Marr, who kept burning Fernley's safety on almost every pass route he ran. Marr finished the day with two catches for 90 yards but both of his touchdown catches were nullified by Wolverine penalties.

Hamilton led Marr too much on his other five pass attempts to him but still managed to connect with two other receivers for a total of 4 completions on 13 attempts for 110 yards and one interception.

The passing game that was absent in the Wolverines' only loss did not directly contribute any points on the board other than a successful point after touchdown in the third quarter, but it did keep Fernley's defense stretched out enough to allow Truckee's refurbished backfield to amass 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

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Two of the three starting running backs for the Wolverines were sidelined from injuries sustained during the previous week's loss to the hard-hitting Wolfpack.

In the absence of the starters, running back Quincy Wood led the reserves with 58 yards on three carries. He also owned the most impressive run of the day when he took the ball on a fourth-and-24 situation and converted the first down with a 32-yard run that only ended as a result of him stepping out of bounds at the 15-yard line.

Wood's other run of note was a 30-yard touchdown sweep to the same left side, while he also pulled down a 17-yard reception on the last play of the game at the 9-yard line.

Running back Aidan Powers saw more touches as a result of a starter being sidelined. Powers pounded up the middle on all nine of his carries for a total of 39 hard-fought yards. One of his carries in the second quarter garnered 6 points as he traversed 8 yards and into the end zone for a touchdown. His first visit into the end zone in the first quarter was a successful point after touchdown.

Ryland Morrison served as the starting reserve running back and took a handoff three times for a total of 9 yards. He also gathered in a Hamilton pass for a successful point after touchdown in the third quarter.

The only starting running back who escaped injury the week before was Brian Baker. He led all Truckee rushers with 89 yards from nine carries. He also led the team with two touchdowns. He opened the Wolverines scoring with a 47-yard touchdown dash to the right in the first quarter and closed out Truckee's scoring with an 11-yard run to the same side in the third quarter.

The final contributor to Truckee's rushing yards was Hamilton, who scrambled for 24 yards on five carries, including two keepers of 3 yards each on two successful point after touchdowns.

Defense stout

The leaders on the other side of the ball did not put out their best performance but it was close. The Wolverines defense yielded 14 total offensive yards, twice as much as they yielded in their best effort to the Fallon Greenwave in game one.

The biggest contributor to Truckee's stingy defense was middle linebacker Matt Seline. He led the Wolverines with 15 stops, two solo tackles and six tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Outside linebacker Micah Ivens came up just one tackle shy of Seline in total tackles, solo tackles and behind the line of scrimmage tackles.

Defensive tackle Ayden Luther and safety Alex Roberts both recorded double-digit tackles for the first time in their careers. Luther dropped 12 runners and co-led with Seline with six tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Roberts got in on 10 tackles and led the team with two passes defended.

Jason Roth was moved to various positions on defense so he was able to hit Fernley runners from various angles on his nine tackles. Six of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack.

Defensive tackle Diego Martinez turned in a personal best performance and tackled seven Vaqueros with four being behind the line, including a sack.

Cornerback Juan Arroyo and defensive ends Marr, Wood and Morrison all tied with six tackles. Defensive end Peter Reoutt followed with five tackles until a helmet malfunction sidelined him without injury.

Kicker Hamilton put down two Fernley returners and recorded another tackle from the defensive tackle position. He also defended a pass.

Linebackers Aidan Powers and Jacob Moule got in on two tackles while defensive tackle Carlos Diaz, cornerback Galdino Bravo took down one Fernley runner.

Baker had a tackle when he brought down a Vaquero following an interception.

Up next

The Wolverines host perennial power Douglas at Truckee Riverview Sports Park on Saturday at noon.