Truckee football | Wolverines ride dominant second half to subdue Fallon
Sun News Service
FALLON, Nev. and#8212; It finally happened.
Fallon became the first football team this season to score on Truckee, but the Wolverines ran away with a 64-14 victory on Friday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.
Truckee used 50 unanswered points in the second half to rout the Greenwave and remain atop the Northern 3A.
and#8220;We had seen them on film and knew that they where a physical team,and#8221; said Truckee coach Bob Shaffer. and#8220;They had great running backs and a great quarterback … we were hoping to contain their long stuff.and#8221;
Truckee wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. After forcing Fallon to punt, the Wolverines took over on the Wave 44 and scored in seven plays on a 1-yard run by Cole Roberts.
Truckee struck again on its second drive on a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Bolton to James DePew. The drive was highlighted by a 40-yard pass from Bolton to Trent McMullen. Bolton finished the game completing 10-of-11 attempts for 157 yards and one touchdown.
However, Fallon responded with a score of its own, ending Truckee’s streak of 25 consecutive quarters without allowing a point. The Wave used a trick play to fool the Wolverine secondary.
Fallon quarterback Colton Oney lateraled to Alonzo Williams, forcing the secondary to come up, but Williams connected with Joseph Floyd for a 39-yard TD. Fallon used running plays of 11 yards by Charlie Heck and 15 yards from Oney to set up the score.
and#8220;We came out executing our game plan,and#8221; Fallon coach Brooke Hill said. and#8220;We ran that trick play to take some pressure off and score.and#8221;
Truckee took possession, but on first down from their own 49, Bolton overshot DePew and Floyd intercepted the pass. The Wave went 75 yards in seven plays to tie the game at 14.
Oney hit Floyd for nine yards, Williams for eight and then found Floyd streaking down the left side for a 35-yard TD pass. Oney went 6-of-9 for 74 yards.
and#8220;I don’t think our defense was quite ready for Fallon’s speed,and#8221; said Bolton, who is being recruited by Nevada, UCLA, Washington State and Portland State. and#8220;They got some speed on that offense.and#8221;
Facing a situation his team hasn’t been in all season, Shaffer wondered how his team would respond. With 4 minutes, 9 seconds left in the half, the Wolverines marched 80 yards in seven plays to take a 21-14 halftime lead.
Colin Chrisitian ran for 18 yards, Bolton connected with DePew for 20 yards and Tony Rodriguez for 22 yards to set up Christian’s 5-yard TD run with 1:35 left. Christian finished the game with 14 carries for 136 yards.
and#8220;We felt we regained the momentum when we scored at the end of the first half,and#8221; Shaffer said. and#8220;We challenged our kids because … we didn’t really know what kind of character, how they would react to adversity and all those things and see what they were made out of. I though our kids answered those questions.and#8221;
Hill said it was important for the Wave to come out and stop the Wolverines in the opening drive of the third quarter.
and#8220;We just didn’t match their intensity in the second half,and#8221; Hill said. and#8220;They’re a championship football team. We said we have to get a stop and didn’t do it. You have to do it for 48 minutes, and we did it for 24.and#8221;
Christian then led a five-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a 48-yard scamper to put Truckee up 29-14. The Wolverines added two more scores in the quarter, including a 10-yard run by Bolton, to increase their lead to 43-14 at the end of the quarter.
Truckee added three more scores in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten. The Wolverine defense also stepped up, holding Fallon to two first downs and 34 total yards in the second half.
and#8220;(In the) second half we came out strong and put up some points,and#8221; Bolton said.
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