Injuries hamper Wolverines
Veterans Matt Stocking, Evan Birchard, T.J. Dwyer and junior Kevin Finn bellowed their late-game rally cries from the sidelines in Colfax, each unable to lend a hand to their Wolverine brethren.
The four injured components watched helplessly as TTHS lost to Las Plumas 14-20 on Saturday, in their first game of the season.
Stocking and Finn, both starting guards, remained on the bench for the entire game due to injury, while Birchard and Dwyer left the game before the second half.
Prior to his exit with a bruised lung, Birchard ran in for the Wolverines’ first score off a 21-yard pass from Kevin Schlesinger for a 6-0 Truckee lead. Senior Eric Detwiler completed the 2-point conversion for an 8-point TNT advantage – one that was short-lived. Las Plumas quickly scored off a 23-yard run to put the teams at 8-6 to close the first quarter.
In the second, Las Plumas ran the ball in again with a failed extra point, to go up 12-8 at the half. Wingback Ian Wrenn’s quick hands recovered a fumble early in the third for an 85-yard return to put the Wolverines back in contention for the win though Truckee’s extra point was unsuccessful.
A final TD and successful 2-point conversion by Las Plumas late in the fourth quarter sealed the Wolverines’ fate, as they accepted their first season defeat.
“We just aren’t a deep enough team to win when we have so many key players out,” said Coach Bob Shaffer. “The younger guys need to get more playing time and have to get better quick to be able to challenge varsity level teams.”
The Wolverines will face Manogue this Saturday in their first home game at Surprise Stadium.
Shaffer and his defense will be working on stopping the Miners offensive run, after surrendering 338 yards on the ground at Colfax. Manogue lost their game last weekend to a strong 4A school and like the Wolverines, will be looking to capture their first win on Saturday.
The Wolverine freshman football team jump started their maiden season with a 21-6 victory over Las Plumas last Thursday. The quick hands of QB Paul Tierney completed 9 for 10 passes on the day and tailback Randon Nunez rushed for a total of 83 yards.
Scoring for TNT was Jeff Hansen off a pass from Tierney, and Rubin Martinez with two skillful runs to put Las Plumas at a serious deficit by the half. Martinez rushed for a total of 241 yards and kicked all three extra points successfully. The offensive line of Logan Hunt, Tommy Kokenge, Jacob Grossman, Chris Miller and Cameron Lewis provided solid pass protection throughout the day.
Defensively, Buck Claesson intercepted a Las Plumas pass attempt and ran it back to the five-yard line to set up a Wolverine score. Loren Myers recovered a kick off fumble and hard-hitting linebackers Nathan Wrenn, Ian Casey and Mike Newbry held Las Plumas to short runs all day.
“They really earned this win,” said Coach Steve Ames.
This is the first year Truckee High School has included a freshman football team in the program, and the response from athletes, parents and coaches has been overwhelmingly positive thus far.
“These young men kept their composure playing their first game as a team – we are very happy,” added Coach York.
The Wolverines only yielded one game TD in the second half, and Las Plumas was unsuccessful with the extra point attempt.
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