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Truckee Pee Wees defeat Sparks

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The Junior Truckee Wolverine Pee Wee Pop Warner team evened its season record to 3-3 with probably its best game of the season at the Sparks Wolf Pack on Friday.

“I would have to say this is by far our best effort, as a team, this season,” said head coach Charles Slusher. “We controlled the line of scrimmage, the game clock and tempo of the game.”

In the end, Truckee walked away with an 18-6 win.

“The Wolf Pack had only one offensive possession the first half and two for the second half,” assistant coach Frank Richie said. “Our offense put together very good, controlled drives, made successful by our offensive line of Lance Bokinskie, Ian Litsinger, Nathan Golden, Zach Clausser, Nathan Keese and Brian Richie.”

Truckee’s Justin Carter scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter with a 25-yard run. The extra point failed, leaving the score at 6-0 at halftime.

At the start of the second half, Truckee’s defense stopped Sparks with some great stops by defensive players Zach Clausser, Christopher Towle, Conner Marshal, Brian Richie, Quin Litsinger, Steven Diaz and Chris Verue.

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The offense took over where it left off in the first half by sustaining a great drive capped by a 44-yard scoring run by Tyler Collins-Curtis. The extra point again failed, bringing the score to 12-0.

The Wolf Pack answered with a touchdown of their own. Their extra point attempt failed, leaving the score at 12-6, Truckee, at the end of the third quarter.

Five minutes into the fourth quarter, Carter punched the ball in from the 3-yard line for the final score of the evening. The extra point failed again.

Carter and Collins-Curtis combined together for nearly 280 yards.

“The offense put together a beautiful grind-it-out effort for ball control and eating up the game clock,” Slusher said.

Richie agreed.

“Our linebackers, Graham Bellie, Justin Carter, Tyler Collins-Curtis and Nathan Keese, did outstanding tonight with gang tackling, with key tackles by Tyler Slusher, Nathan Golden and Zach Clausser,” the coach said.

The Truckee Pee Wees host South Lake Tahoe in their final regular-season game at RiverView Sports Park Saturday at 10 a.m.