Junior Pee Wees go out with victory
Truckee’s Junior Wolverine Pee Wee football team capped its season with a 20-0 bowl game victory over the Reno Ravens at Don Mello Park in Sparks on Saturday.
On Truckee’s first possession Zach Pettite broke off a 33-yard touchdown run for the initial score of the game. The extra point failed, making the score 6-0, Truckee.
As it had done all season, Truckee’s defense showed its strength by forcing the Ravens to give the ball back over to the potent Truckee offense.
Graham Christian took a handoff from Ty Englert at the Truckee 15-yard line and ran it 85 yards for the second score of the first quarter. A pass from Englert to Sawyer Ballister was good for the extra point, bringing the score to 13-0.
The second quarter opened with more strong defense from Truckee as Pettite grabbed a Ravens pass for an interception and ran it back for a 45-yard touchdown ” his second of the game. The extra point, another pass from Englert to Ballister, was successful to make the score 20-0.
That’s how the first half ended.
Truckee’s second-half defensive unit then came in and did an outstanding job.
“In the third quarter, we wanted to have some fun with our kids trying them in spots they have never played in and yet wanted to,” said Truckee head coach Gregg Christian.
The unit did its job by not allowing a point in the half.
“The defense showed great balance,” defensive coach Rich Stull said.
The following are a few impressive individual plays: Nathan Gordon, playing defensive tackle, plugged several holes where the Raven offense could not run through; Luke Theis made two great quarterback bootleg sacks; Justin Carter made several defensive sacks; and the finishing touch was a Shawn Howe interception.
“It was a great way to finish the season on a good note, to have fun and to give kids some well deserved fulfillment in different spots,” coach Tom Ballister said.
The Truckee Junior Wolverine Pee Wees ended with an 8-2 record.