Truckee Midgets blank South Tahoe
The Truckee Wolverine Pop Warner Midget football team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 28-0 shutout of rival South Lake Tahoe.
Truckee’s offense dominated the game and the clock, giving the Vikings little time to score.
In the first quarter running back Javier Virrey ran a 15-yard sweep that was set up by lead blocks from Carlos Ramirez and Mitch Ray. Cole Roberts followed lead blocks from Dylan Murtha and Stephen Zissimos into the end zone to put the Wolverines on the board. The extra point attempt by Griffin Brown was good, giving Truckee an 8-0 lead.
The Vikings got the ball and couldn’t get much going against the tough Truckee defense.
The tremendous pass rush by Jose Vidaca, Bryce Walker, Tyler Cavaness and Buddy Gray hurried the Vikings’ quarterback on every pass attempt. Defensive end Max Collinson shut down South Tahoe’s strong-side sweep plays.
On the Wolverines’ next possession they scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Pat Shaffer to wide receiver Zakk Ray. The extra point attempt failed, leaving the score at 14-0 entering the half.
In the third quarter some great lead blocking by tackles Zach Thomas and Austin Brock led the Wolverines down the field once again. A touchdown by Roberts, followed by Brown’s extra point, put the Wolverines ahead 22-0.
The Vikings took to the air with their offense and had their pass plays broken up by cornerbacks Nick Gordon and Zakk Ray, who picked off a pass to give the Wolverines the ball again.
On the Wolverines’ first possession of the fourth quarter, Roberts, a fullback, completed a 42-yard pass to tight end Braden Waters for Truckee’s final score.
Quarterback Pat Shaffer completed 10-of-11 passes for 109 yards.
The Truckee Pop Warner Midget football team hosts Sparks at RiverView Sports Park on Oct. 20.
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