Junior varsity shows heart in tie
The Truckee High junior varsity football team, after beating Colfax’s freshmen squad 46-6 on Thursday, came from 14 points behind in the second half to tie Colfax’s junior varsity at Surprise Stadium in Truckee on Saturday.
Although the game ended without a winner ” because there is no overtime at the junior varsity level ” the Wolverines were elated with the crowd-pleasing comeback.-
“We showed a lot of heart,” said Truckee quarterback B.J. Carter, after fixing up a burger immediately following the game. “We didn’t have much heart at the beginning, but at the end we pulled together and showed a lot of team effort.”
The sophomore quarterback also gave Colfax props for playing such a tough game.
“They have a good team,” Carter said of Colfax. “They came to play. They were hitting hard. They’re definitely going to be one of the strongest teams we’ll play this year.”
Truckee got off to a poor start, fumbling the ball in the first quarter to set up an easy 20-yard touchdown drive for Colfax.
Colfax scored again on the opening drive of the second half to bring the score to 14-0.
Just when it seemed Colfax was going to put the game out of reach with another score, Truckee’s defense stepped up with a goal line stand in the third quarter. With pressure from Truckee defenders Mike McNamara and Sean Collins, Colfax missed the field goal attempt.
On the Wolverines’ next offensive play, Evan Hyland ran 80 yards for a touchdown. The point after attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 14-6, Colfax.
With the Colfax defense keying on freshman running back Ryan Macken, Hyland, Trever Allen and Justin Vosburgh each came up with key running plays in the second half. Wolverines receiver Nick Meyers made two spectacular catches in the third quarter.
Truckee running back Justin Vosburgh, with about five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, broke away on a sweep play for a 30-yard touchdown, bringing the Wolverines to within two points.
The jazzed crowd stood in anticipation of the two-point conversion.
The Wolverines then ran the same exact same play to Vosburgh, who scored with key blocks by Brian Sipe, Hyland and Meyers.
Both teams for the next five minutes had a chance to win the game. Truckee’s Robert Raber had a number of big plays defensively.
On Colfax’s last shot at the end zone, Hyland and Dylan Crosby sacked the quarterback to end the game.
Truckee head coach Steve Ames said he was impressed with his team’s effort. He was particularly pleased with Meyers, who he said kept the Wolverines in the game.
“Nick has been a pleasant surprise all year,” Ames said. “He’s the go-to guy.”-
Hyland, whose 80-yard touchdown run was the play of the game, pulled a muscle in his calf, Ames said. But it didn’t seem to slow him down.
Vosburgh had a great game on offense, defense and on special teams, Ames said.
Truckee’s defense had six goal-line stands in the game.
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