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Truckee Midgets edge Sparks

The Truckee Wolverine Pop Warner Midget football team beat the Sparks Cardinals 22-20 at home Saturday in its final game of the regular season.

The Midgets finished the season in third place with a 4-2 record.

The Wolverine defense was the first to score with a safety by Braden Waters and Griffin Brown. Javier Virrey scored the first touchdown of the game on a 35-yard pass from Pat Shaffer. Virrey later injured his arm on an 11-yard gain and is likely out for the season.

The Cardinals came back and scored with an 80-yard touchdown pass and scored the one-point conversion to leave the score at 8-7.

Truckee came back and scored on a 30-yard run by Cole Roberts. The kick by Griffin was good, giving the Wolverines a 16-7 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Cardinals scored again on a 15-yard pass but failed the extra point to bring the score to 16-13.

Backup running back Mitch Ray, who was in for the injured Virrey, gained 35 yards on a sweep to help set up the next Wolverine touchdown, which was run into the end zone by Griffin Brown. The point-after attempt failed, leaving the score at 22-13.

In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored on a triple reverse pass play and made the point-after to get to the eventual final score of 22-20.

The last minutes of the game were exciting as the Wolverines, with punter Virrey out of the game with an injury, failed to convert on a fourth-down situation, giving the Cardinals the ball with just over two minutes to go.

The tough Wolverine defense of Carlos Ramirez, Bryce Walker, Jose Vidaca, Max Collinson, Buddy Gray and Tyler Cavaness repeatedly shut down the Cardinal offense.

Truckee gained home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs against rival South Lake Tahoe.

Incidentally, all nine Truckee football teams from the Tiny Mites to the high school varsity won their games over the weekend.

The Midgets host South Lake Tahoe on Saturday.

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