Football loses in Semis |

Football loses in Semis

The Truckee High School varsity football team lost in Saturday’s semifinal game against Virgin Valley High School 28-21.

In the week leading up to the game, Truckee had 26 players out sick on Wednesday and 22 on Thursday. On top of that, key ball carrier, Mike Hackley suffered a broken wrist in Wednesday’s practice.

In the second half the Wolverines put together a solid drive to tie up the game at 14-14 with 32 seconds left in the first-half. The Wolverines were set to receive after half, but half-time was 32 seconds away.

On the kickoff just before half-time, Virgin Valley returned the ball for a touchdown and the 21-14 lead.

“That was a turning point in the game,” said Head Coach Bob Shaffer. “They took all that energy and momentum we had going into half and put it all back on their side.

Despite quarterback Paul Tierney’s 289 yards passing and Jamie Maehler’s 196 yard receiving, the Wolverines could not outscore Virgin Valley.

“They made less mistakes than we did,” Shaffer said. “I’m proud of the fact the kids played hard. Some of them played injured and a lot of them played sick. For a young team I though we did really well,” Shaffer added.

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