Fallon’s thunder, lightning jolts Truckee in 42-22 win
Special to the Sun
Unexpected rain in the Lahontan Valley on Friday night, Sept. 8, didn’t dampen Fallon’s Northern 3A football game with visiting Truckee.
The Greenwave’s combination of thunder and lightning surprised the Wolverines (2-1, 1-1 league) in a 42-22 win (2-1, 1-1) at the Edward Arcniniega Athletic Complex.
Fallon’s defense provided the thunder against the Wolverines by flushing Truckee quarterback Marcus Bellon out of the pocket for the entire night and intercepting the ball twice, while Greenwave’s lightning offense rolled on both the ground and through the air in scoring six touchdowns.
Yet, both teams engaged each other in a well-played first quarter.
“We battled in that first quarter, but we turned the ball over a couple of times (in the second quarter) and let the game get away from us,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens. “Fallon played well … I hope to see these guys again I don’t feel we gave them our best shot.”
Greenwave quarterback Elijah Jackson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, while Reid Clyburn rushed for a pair of scores, including a 47-yard run to open the second half.
After a scoreless first quarter of playing in a light, intermittent drizzle, the Greenwave put together a nine-play drive capped by Jackson’s 1-yard keeper just inside the pylon at 9:47 in the second quarter. Tallon Amezquita, who kicked the extra point, was 5-of-6 on conversions.
Clyburn set up the touchdown with two runs of 20 and 13 yards to move the ball to the 6-yard-line.
On Truckee’s next possession, Fallon’s defense chased Bellon out of the pocket again, and the Truckee quarterback threw a pass into the waiting hands of Fallon’s Sean McCormick at midfield.
Seven plays later, Jackson hooked up with Brock Richardson for the first of two touchdown passes to the Fallon sophomore. Richardson caught a 27-yard pass and avoided three tacklers to give Fallon their second score of the night. He also caught a 42-yard pass under the 2-minute mark before halftime, which resulted in a 28-0 lead.
Sandwiched between Richardson’s two catches was a Jackson to McCormick pass play for a 4-yard touchdown with 2:38 left in the quarter.
Bellon would then find Michael Doughty open for an 18-yard touchdown strike with 8 seconds remaining in the half after Truckee moved into scoring position on Bellon’s 21-yard pass to Marcus Trotter. Bellon finished the night 16 for 32 with 170 yards.
In the second half, Truckee used both the run and pass on a seven-play drive where Bellon hooked up with Emmanuel Valenzuela-Jones for a 17-yard pass on a key play, and Jackson Skaff ran for another 18 yards to the Fallon 26. Two plays later running back Kevin Malo found a hole on the right side for a 19-yard touchdown run.
The extra point kick sailed wide to the left.
Clyburn’s 7-yard touchdown run ended Fallon’s scoring at the 7-minute mark in the third quarter. Amezquita’s kick gave Fallon a 42-13 lead.
Truckee scored another touchdown on their second-to-last series when Bellon threw a perfect 7-yard pass to Cole Eichele, who caught the ball in a crowd. Bellon tried to run the ball in for the 2-point conversion but was stopped short. Eichele led Truckee with 34 yards on seven carries.
Truckee finished the game’s scoring with Valenzuela-Jones’ 26-yard field goal.
Ivens said Truckee would get to business this week and work on its game plan for Lowry, who will travel to Truckee for the game.
“We have some stuff to work on,” Ivens said, adding Truckee has a young team this season.