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Wolverines maul Bullfrogs in 61-7 win at Angels Camp

A fast and furious offensive attack coupled with an aggressive and stingy defense propelled the Truckee High School Wolverines to a dominant 61-7 road win against Bret Harte on Friday, Aug. 25, in Angels Camp.

"It was a good night for us," said Truckee Head Coach Josh Ivens on the opening game of the 2017 football season. "We're pretty proud of the their effort. We like to play defense first, but we lost the coin toss and they deferred."

The decision by the Bret Harte coaching staff to kick the ball off to start the non-conference game resulted in a 65-yard opening touchdown drive for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines (1-0) went on to score four more touchdowns in the first half before the Bullfrogs were able to put points on the scoreboard.

"Our guys made some plays right off the bat," Ivens said. "Our defense was physical at the point of attack … overall it was a good effort."

Junior quarterback Marcus Bellon, who completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 147 yards and four touchdowns, led the offensive attack for the Wolverines in his first game as a starter at the position.

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"He did a really good job of taking care of the football," Ivens said.

The Wolverines followed up their opening drive with a 42-yard scoring strike from Bellon to junior tight end Brennen Conklin, who had two touchdown receptions in the game. The successful extra point attempt made the score 14-0 with about 4 minutes to go in the first quarter.

The Wolverines extended their lead to 20-0 when Bellon hooked up with senior wingback Jaime Parisi for a touchdown pass with about 6 minutes left in the second quarter. Parisi finished the game with three catches for 53 yards and one score.

The Truckee offense added six more points late in the second quarter before Bret Harte got on the scoreboard with a 40-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Ryan Kraft to senior wideout Julian Gonzalez with less than 5 seconds left in the first half. The successful extra point made the score 33-7 at halftime.

"It was a scramble play," said Ivens on the last-second score by the Bullfrogs. "We had him, and the player broke away and connected."

After an interception early in the third quarter, the Truckee offense picked up where it left off tacking on three more touchdowns in the period.

The final touchdown of the game was logged by junior running back Jackson Skaff, who scored on a 30-yard gallop with about three minutes left in the game. Skaff rushed for 100 yards on seven carries in the contest.

On the defensive side, senior outside linebacker Cole Eichele recorded six solo tackles and six assisted tackles to go with two interceptions in the game. All told, the Wolverines defense held the Bullfrogs to a 143 total yards.

"He had several really key plays for us," said Ivens on the performance by Eichele. "All around, he was a very bright spot for us."

The Wolverines next face Wooster High (0-1) in Reno at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. MaxPreps.com provided the statistics.

Staff writer Wyatt Haupt Jr. can be reached at 530-550-2652 or via email at whaupt@sierrasun.com