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BAY KELLEY, Sierra Sun

Albert Hollis II.

Remember that name, because on some occasion when you’re flipping through the channels, he’ll be streaking across the screen. And when he’s spotted, those of you who are reading this or saw last week’s game between Tahoe-Truckee and the Christian Brothers Falcons can say “I remember when that kid ran for 413 yards against the Wolverines.”

Listed at 6 feet 1 inch and 190 pounds, the highly recruited senior – having verbally committed to UCLA but who is also being heavily pursued by other Division I schools – was timed during the Northern California Time Trials running the 100-yard dash in 10.4 seconds (while wearing pads), classifying him as one of the fastest high school running backs in the nation.

Fast, agile and virtually unstoppable, Hollis single-handedly accumulated 413 of the Falcons’ 599 yards of offense, contributing six touchdowns to a 61-36 victory.

“He’s a very good athelete and a hard runner,” said Truckee Head Coach Bob Schaffer of Hollis. “He lived up to all of his press clippings. We probably made him look a little better than he was, though.”

Hollis’ first half performance, alone, bettered the Wolverines’ offensive performance over the entire game.

Hollis had 248 yards rushing and four TDs.

What’s funny about that? Truckee finished the half leading, 36-34.

“They [Truckee] won the first half and we won the second half,” said Christian Brothers Head Coach Greg Meegan. “That’s it.”

The Falcons scored on the second play of their first drive, as Hollis, on his first carry of the game, scampered 43 yards and into the endzone.

On the first play of the Christian Brothers’ second drive, the Truckee defense struck. Jesse Owens scooped up a forced fumble and carried it 36 yards for the Wolverines’ first score of the game.

Their second score came on the ensuing drive when, after holding the Christian Brother team limited yardage, Zach Wilson blocked a punt which David DeCoite scooped up and carried 30 yards for the score.

After the Falcons pulled to within one, 14-13, DeCoite struck again, this time on a reverse play from Casey Nelson. The play befuddled the Falcons and DeCoite had a 44-yard touchdown run to his credit.

Owens struck again later in the half, tallying the Wolverine’s only sack of the game while forcing a fumble that was recovered by Matt Snatchko at the Falcon 26-yard line. After a couple of Christian Brother penalties, Nelson scored on a one yard run, extending the Wolverine lead to 15, 28-13.

Hollis brought the Brothers back with 76- and 50-yard touchdown runs.

Mike Holmes and Owens connected for a 24-yard TD pass late in the half to reclaim a little cushion. DeCoite and Owens made good on a two-point conversion, making the score 36-27.

Three plays later, Hollis ran for a 58-yard touchdown, which was the last score of the half.

The Wolverines struck once more on an 80-yard touchdown run by Wilson, but the score was nullified by a delayed clipping call.

Schafffer explained that the penalty call had a genuine effect on Truckee’s momentum, stating simply that “it would have given us 43 points.”

Everyone in the Sacramento stadium was gawking for one reason or another. If not because of the 70 points on the score board, then because of Hollis’ performance. If not Hollis’ performance, then the unlikely lead had by the Wolverines. The second half was completely unpredictable.

Well, sort of. The Falcon offense kept its momentum and Hollis tallied two more touchdown runs – 49 and 52 yards.

Turnovers plagued the Wolverines, who gave up two fumbles and an interception. Wilson and DeCoite were both injured at some point and the Truckee squad had difficulty maintaining any momentum … rather … getting any momentum.

Wilson underwent surgery on Wednesday for a torn meniscus that “flopped under’ his knee cap and has to be “stapled back into place.” Wilson will be out for a minimum of four weeks.

The Wolverines’ next game is against yet another 4A team, Reed, at Reed tomorrow, starting at 7:30 p.m.

“Reed has great team speed,” explained Schaffer, “greast atheleticism and an outstanding quarterback. They also have a very fast, physical defense.”

Game Summary

Christian Brothers 13 21 7 20 – 61

Tahoe-Truckee 14 22 0 0 – 36

First Quarter

CB – Hollis 43 run (Goldthwaite kick good) 11:12

TT – Owen 36 fumble return (Thiel kick good) 8:46

TT – DeCoite 33 run (Thiel kick good) 5:41

CB – Maddox 30 pass to Cucovich (Goldthwaite kick blocked) 3:53

Second Quarter

TT – DeCoite 44 run (Thiel kick good) 11:51

TT – Nelson 1 run (Thiel kick good) 10:08

CB – Hollis 76 run (Goldthwaite kick good) 9:47

CB – Hollis 50 run (Goldthwaite kick good) 6:03

TT – Holmes 24 pass to Owen (Thiel kick good) 3:17

CB – Hollis 58 run (Goldthwaite kick good) 2:04

Third Quarter

CB- Maddox 1 run (Goldthwaite kick good) 1:03

Fourth Quarter

CB – Maddox 46 pass to Cucovich (Goldthwaite kick good) 10:14

CB – Hollis 49 run (Goldthwaite kick good) 7:30

CB – Hollis 52 run (Goldthwaite kick blocked) 1:12

Game Statistics

Falcons Wolverines

12 First downs 14

32-445 Rushes-yards 39-201

8-14-1 Comp.-Att.-Int. 2-10-3

154 Passing yards 93

599 Total yards 231

3-2 Fumbles-lost 3-2

10-81 Penalties-yards 8-85

Individual Stats

RUSHING – CB: Hollis 26-413 (6TD), Rose 4-26, Maddox 2-6 (TD); TT: Wilson 10-77, DeCoite 6-77 (TD), Detwiler 6-34, Nelson 11-24 (TD), Suter 2-16.

PASSING – CB: Maddox 8-14-1 154 (2TD); TT: Holmes 2-10-3 30 (TD).

RECEIVING – CB: Traverso 3-60, Cucovich 3-79 (2 TD), Rose 1-9; TT: Owen 1-24 (TD), DeCoite 1-6.


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