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JV steals the show with 49-28 trouncing of Manogue

Daniel Savickas

The Truckee High School junior varsity did the unthinkable on Saturday when they beat Bishop Manogue Catholic High School 49-28, walking away with the victory at Surprise Stadium, and an 8-0 record.

In the first quarter, Mike Lopez started the game with a 21-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good.

Manogue wasted no time answering back with a 16-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good, and the game stood tied at 7.

Micah Carbajal pulled the Wolverines ahead with a 53-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good, and the Wolverines led by 7.

In the second quarter, Manogue scored on a 1-yard run and score an extra point to tie the game at 14.

Robert Jones completed a pass to John Hooper for 29 yards and a touchdown to put the Wolverines ahead for the third time in the game. The extra point attempt was good.

Manogue answered back with an 11-yard pass for a touchdown, but the extra point was no good. The score remained 21-20 going into half time.

In the third quarter, Lopez ran 6 yards around the left corner into the end zone. The Wolverines two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Manogue marched down field and scored with a 41-yard pass and completed a successful two point conversion to take the lead, 28-27.

On the Wolverines next drive, Carbajal and Lopez made great runs. Carbajal eventually scored on a 27-yard touchdown run. Jones completed a pass to Kyle Steverman for a two point conversion and the 35-28 lead.

In the fourth quarter the Wolverines stepped up it offense. Jones scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper and Carbajal scored on a 5-yard run to give the Wolverines a 49-28 victory.

Carbajal had a huge day on both sides of the ball. He carried the ball 18 times for 236 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

“It was a huge team effort,” said head coach Dow Higginbotham. “It took all 11 guys on both offense and defense to come away with a win.”

“We started out this season with a goal. We wanted to beat Manogue and win the league championship.”

Now, with the possibility of finishing the season 9-0, Higginbotham said, “It would be the icing on the cake. But superstition would not allow him to fully embrace the concept of an unbeaten season since the Wolverines face league rivals North Tahoe on Saturday.

“It doesn’t matter if we’re 8-0 and they’re 0-8, it’s always a good game.”

But referring to Saturday’s victory and Manogue’s only loss, Higginbotham claims “It was a total team effort and coaching effort.”

“Our coaching staff did a great job preparing our kids for this game. A good head coach is only as good as his assistants,” Higginbotham said.

Since the Wolverines are 8-0, one can only assume Higginbotham’s assistants: Jason Estabrook, Bob Shaffer Jr., Chuck Smith and Dennis Winchester are good.

“We’re one brick away from building the pyramid of success,” Higginbotham added.


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