Homecoming trouncing: Truckee football rolls over Damonte
Truckee celebrated its homecoming with a 40-6 win over visiting Damonte Ranch on Oct. 2 to improve its overall record to 3-1.
A Micah Carbajal 35-yard run set up Truckee’s first score: A Ben Tonon 14-yard touchdown run that capped a 6-play, 62-yard opening scoring drive.
Damonte showed little offensive creativity throughout the game, mainly running the ball between the tackles like it did on its first possession. Three S.J. Sugaya rushes went for five yards and forced the first of six Mustangs’ punts in the game. Sugaya was the leading Damonte rusher with 38 yards on 19 carries.
On Truckee’s ensuing drive, an 18-yard pass to Tonon followed by a 29-yard pass to receiver Jamie Maehler put the ball on the Mustangs 1-yard-line. From there, running back Mike Lopez punched it in the end zone to make it 13-0. Benji Islas’ extra point attempt failed, but he made four in the game.
The Mustangs were able to hold the Wolverines on their next two possessions and escape the first quarter down only 13. After a booming 69-yard touchback punt off the left foot of Maehler to start the second quarter, a Riley Allanson sack backed the Mustangs up to their own 15.
Following a 1-yard Sugaya run on second down, Randon Nunez stepped in front of a Chris Carlson third-and-14 pass and took it back 28 yards for the score. It was Nunez’s second interception in as many games.
On Damonte’s next possession, John Hooper picked off another Carlson pass to set up a five-play, 54-yard Wolverines’ drive that concluded with Maehler’s 1-yard counter touchdown run.
Maehler’s 69-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Paul Tierney propelled Truckee to a 34-0 halftime lead. Maehler had two touchdowns, 19 yards on the ground, and he finished the day with 122 yards on four catches.
In another impressive display of the Wolverines’ diverse offensive attack, seven different backs combined for 239 yards rushing, and Tierney completed passes to seven different receivers for 222 yards.
Tierney connected on 12 of 15 passes and a touchdown and capped the Truckee scoring with a 9-yard scramble in the third quarter.
Damonte’s defense was able to pressure Tierney somewhat in the first half, recording sacks by Noel Abundas and Jose Torres.
Carbajal led Wolverines backs with 83 yards rushing on only five carries, including long runs of 35 and 34 yards in the first half. Lopez had seven carries for 54 yards in the second half, and Gordon Neelands caught three passes for 45 yards.
Damonte’s lone score came on a Matt Rainey touchdown catch from Carlson with 6:31 to play in the fourth quarter. Carlson finished 6 of 9 with 31 yards and two costly interceptions.
Truckee’s defense held four different running backs to just 47 yards on 28 carries. Allanson had two sacks in the first half and Kyle Steverman added another in the second half. Jimmy Williams led the Truckee defense with nine tackles, four of which were solos. Williams has 40 tackles this season, the most on the Wolverines’ defense.
Damonte fell to 1-4 on the season.
The Truckee junior varsity fumbled nine times ” and lost seven of them ” against visiting Damonte Ranch, but still managed to escape with a homecoming victory and improve to 5-0 overall.
Drew Stewart and Kyle Coxson had 8-yard touchdown runs, and Sam Silver had a 34-yard touchdown scamper. Coxson made a pivotal interception in the game and returned it 35 yards for the score. Kevin Sahlberg also had an interception.
“Evan Hyland had one of the best games a defensive end has ever had for me,” said Truckee head coach Steve Ames. Ames also praised his other end, Kyle Sundale, for his efforts.
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