Truckee Pee Wees even record with big victory |

Truckee Pee Wees even record with big victory

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Truckee Pop Warner hosted a showdown versus the North Lake Tahoe Pee Wee Rams. Truckee's defense set the tone in the first defensive series.

The Red Wall pushed the Rams back 9 yards in the first three plays forcing a punt. The Rams punt was caught by Ethan Hatcher, who outran the Rams for a 55-yard touchdown. However, it was called back on a block in the back.

On Truckee's opening offensive play Hatcher took a sweep off the left side for a 15-yard gain. Nate Bromley took the next handoff for 12 yards followed by a 9-yard pass hook-up from Sam Smith to Hatcher. Heading into the second quarter Patrick Hogan carried the ball for 20 yards to the 4-yard line, where George Skaff punched it in for his first carry and first score of the year.

After another Rams punt, the Wolverines came out throwing, completing two passes to Owen Slusher for gains of 8 and 26 yards, moving the ball down to the Rams 36-yard line. Hogan took a direct snap around the right side and outran the Rams to the end zone, giving Truckee a 12-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff Hogan hammered a towering kick pinning the Rams on their own 15-yard line after a great tackle by Hatcher. The big red defense led by Dillon Kane, Mason Cutler, Jackson Ellermeyer and Connor McMullen forced a turnover on downs. A bootleg by Smith for 3 yards, a 14-yard pass to Ellermeyer and runs by Garrett Kirk, Cali Vail and Ben Nickel ended the half.

Truckee received the second-half kickoff and immediately went to work. Gaven Kelly-Caruthers carried the ball twice for 4 yards and Bromley took the third play off-tackle for a 34-yard touchdown. Tyler Corso's PAT attempt failed leaving the score at 18-0 Truckee.

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Hogan's next kick bounded to the 25-yard line, and Hatcher outran everyone to recover the ball. Smith turned over the ball on a quarterback center exchange sending out Truckee's potent defense.

"Our defense was smothering today," said defensive coordinator Steve Hogan. "Bromley was unstoppable. He had six or seven tackles for losses including two sacks. It was a great team effort."

On Truckee's next possession, Dillon Kane carried for 10 yards, Slusher for 12, Hatcher for 15 and McMullen for another 10. Slusher punched in his first TD of the year and Truckee's fourth of the day. The PAT run by Nickels failed.

The last score of the game followed an interception by Hatcher in which he returned the ball to the Rams 1-yard line. Offensive lineman Mason Cutler took two attempts but he punched in his first career TD for the final score of the day.

The dominant defensive line play of Hunter Kacarcka, Juan Fuerte, Zach Poncelet and Corso came up big in the win for Truckee.

The Wolverines have a tough week ahead playing three games in seven days against South Lake Tahoe, Sparks and Reno North on Saturday. The Pee Wee's are 2-2 heading into the game against South Tahoe, which is 5-0.