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JV football hammers Fernley, 54-0

Dan Savickas

The junior varsity football team stepped on the field early this past Saturday to come up with the biggest win of the weekend by defeating Fernley 54-0.

“We trying to build a pyramid of success,” said Head Coach Dow Higginbowtham, know to his players as Coach Dow. “We started with that pyramid in our scrimmage against South Lake Tahoe and Lassen a few weeks ago and we added to it against Fernley. Now we’re just trying to add on to it.”

In the first quarter Micah Carbajal had a three yard run for a touchdown. Alex Lopez added the extra point to put the Wolverines ahead 7-0. Shortly after Mike Lopez scored on another three yard run. With help from Lopez’s foot the score jumped to 14-0.

Brandon Peterson then broke free for a 22 yard touchdown run. Lopez’s kick was good for the point after attempt. To make the score 28-0 at the end of the first quarter Robert Jones pounded the ball into the end zone from the 2-yard line. Lopez had the point after.

In the second quarter Peterson caught a pass which he carried 11 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Lopez’s kick was good for the point after attempt. Peterson then ran 16 yards into the end zone for another touchdown. Lopez’s kick was blocked to make the score 41-0.

In the second half Fernley’s coach asked for 10 minute quarters and a full running clock, Coach Dow consented.

On the opening kick off the kick return unit made its only appearance on the field for the entire game. Peterson caught the ball at the 4-yard line and returned it 96 yards for the touchdown. Lopez added an extra point kick.

Later in the third quarter Carbajal ran the ball 25 yards into the end zone for yet another touchdown. The final score came to 54-0.

Peterson also had two punt returns both of which he returned for touchdowns called back for clipping penalties. The second clipping call was made after a defender dove off balance for Peterson’s feet, but no contact was actually made.

“We made some mistakes,” Coach Dow said. “It’s hard to tell from the score, but against a better team those mistakes are going to add up.”

The one thing that really stood out to Coach Dow about his team’s performance was the hitting.

“We hit hard,” he said. “We set the pace right from the get go. Truckee has a tradition of playing physical smash mouth football, and this team really lives up to that.”

This Friday the junior varsity will face Dayton.

“This will be a good test to see where we’re at. Last week we played a team that ran this week we’ll face the pass. I’m really excited about this year. I’m really excited about these kids and excited to see them play the next few years.”


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