JV football ends season undefeated
By beating North Tahoe High School 22-0 on Saturday, the Truckee High School junior varsity football team won the league championship and finished out its season 9-0.
“The pyramid is complete; the perfect season,” said head coach Dow Higginbotham.
“The snow was a great neutralizer,” Higginbotham said.
In the first quarter, the Wolverines took a two-point lead after the North Tahoe punter kneeled down in the end zone for a safety.
Micah Carbajal capitalized the lead with a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Wolverines up 8-0. Carbajal added another six points to the scoreboard on a 2-yard run. Robert Jones ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and Truckee had a 16-0 lead.
In the third quarter the Wolverines scored again on a 19-yard bootleg by Robert Jones to win the game, 22-0.
“This is my eighth year coaching, and I have to say in eight years I’ve never seen a team pull together like this. Starters and non-starters all pulled together and all contributed,” said assistant coach Jason Estabrook.
“I’ll miss these guys. They’re a lot of fun. They really enjoy playing the game of football. They’ll be fun to watch in years to come,” Estabrook added.
“I’m very happy for this group of kids. They were flat committed to winning. They were very determined to beat Manogue and very determined to go 9-0,” Higginbotham said.
Higginbotham believes great things are in store for this team, but even more important, the team thinks great things are in store for them.
Higginbotham said the team would like to finish with an overall record of 41-1, tying the 1998 team’s record.
“These guys want to one up them (the 1998 team). The only way they can do that is to win back-to-back State Championships, they want to be remembered,” Higginbotham said. “They definitely have the potential if everybody stays focussed.”
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