Truckee JVs dominate Lowry
The Truckee High junior varsity football team hosted Lowry to kick off league play on a snow-covered Surprise Stadium field Saturday. Despite the frozen surface and lingering chill in the air, the Wolverines were red hot from the start in a 63-0 rout of the Buckaroos.
“We were anxious to get back on the field after losing last week in Winters,” said head coach Tom Mohun. “We were out to make a statement and send a message to our league that, if you want the title, you’ve got to go through us.”
The Wolverines wasted no time on the way to their first shutout of the season.
On Lowry’s opening drive, Jackson Weed stripped the football from a Buckaroo running back and sprinted 52 yards for a quick opening score.
After a perfectly placed kick by Victor Montana, Lowry lost the ball to Vince Shaffer and an aggressive Wolverine kickoff unit. Truckee then drove 30 yards and capped the drive with a Weed touchdown to extend its lead to 14-0.
Truckee’s defense, led by Kyle Mullen, Vance Brown, Ezekiel Soto and Weed, forced another fumble, this time recovered by Matt Theis, on the Buckaroos’ next possession. Truckee capitalized quickly on a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Maclane Brady to Cory Sharp. Brady had a breakout game, effectively moving his team down the field in only his second start.
Truckee then posted two more TDs before the end of the first quarter, both by way of special team turnovers. Shaffer recovered another botched Lowry return and Brady blocked a punt deep in Buckaroo territory to set up touchdown runs of 30 and 7 yards for Weed.
The Wolverines kept at it in the second quarter.
Louis Aguilar took a Lowry punt to the house from 55 yards out to push Truckee’s lead to 41-0. On the ensuing kickoff Weed emerged from under a dog pile with snow and mud on his facemask and the ball again in his hands. Fittingly, it was Weed who punched it in from the 2 after a Brady to Sharp hookup to round out the half, giving the Wolverines a 48-0 lead.
“What a game these guys played,” Truckee coach Jesse Martinez said. “That had the feel of old-school Truckee ball. These young men played smash it up football in the snow, and they made things happen.”
The second half featured less excitement on special teams and more offense for the Wolverines. To start the half Truckee ran behind a solid O-line led by tight ends Alec Sahlberg and Trevor Patrick. Weed, Aguilar and Shaffer navigated the field to give way to the day’s biggest running play.
Matt Mehan, who made his debut at four-back, slashed and burned all day. He hit pay dirt from 55 yards for his first score of the season to give his team a 56-0 lead. The line blocked it picture perfect, with efforts by Ryan Zusy, Andres Frutos, Alex Corral, Tanner Keese and Chris Gallagher and sophomore homecoming prince Vance Brown.
Truckee’s defense also made its presence felt, allowing the Buckaroos just 75 yards of total offense. The defense kept the Buckaroos pinned at their end of the field all day, with help from the special teams, to control the battle for field position. Leading the Wolverines were Jordan Diero, Shaffer, Theis, Zusy, Brown, Mullen, Frutos and Mehan. Brady also recovered a fumble late.
Truckee’s final score was set up again by special teams magic and great blocking, this time from receiving corps Tyler Ferris and Alex Cramer, who also delivered the de-cleat of the day. To round out a solid outing, Shaffer scored from 8 yards to secure a 63-0 shutout win.
Truckee hosts Fernley on Saturday at 11 a.m. Varsity kicks off at 1:30 p.m.
The North Tahoe High football team hosts Yerington in its homecoming game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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