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Football: TTHS Wolverines come out of hibernation

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

As a cold front settled in on Saturday, the Truckee varsity football team settled as well, appearing lethargic and distracted during the first quarter of play against Rite of Passage before turning up the heat and blasting the Rams 38-12.

With the victory, the Wolverines move into a second-place tie with Lowry which lost to North Tahoe Saturday, 13-0.

As if frozen by the drop in temperature, a slow-moving Wolverine squad was unable to stop an early score by the Rams that put the Truckee team down 6-0.

Slowing thawing out in the second quarter, Truckee began to resemble the mighty team that showed up just one week ago. Dane Molina scored for the Wolverines on a nine-yard run to even the score with ROP, opening the door for a successful two-point conversion by Eric Detwiler to steal the lead away from the Rams.

By the third quarter of play, the once-frozen bench had become too hot to lounge on, as the Truckee offense racked up 13 more points.

Evan Birchard carried in the first score of the quarter with a two-yard run. Molina revisited the end zone with a seven-yard run, followed by two successful extra points by consistent kicker Gary Cook.

The fourth quarter painted an even more vivid picture of Wolverine domination as the team was on fire, adding an additional 17 points to the scoreboard.

With a speedy run, Birchard carried the ball for 11 yards to score followed later by an equally athletic 11-yard carry by Frankie Calderon. Cook yet again stepped up for two more extra points, as well as a 33-yard field goal, to wrap up the day and climb aboard the bus as victors and head for home.

The Tahoe-Truckee team will face Lowry this Saturday at Surprise Stadium, as it looks forward to the playoffs, which will begin on Nov.10.


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