JVs end season on a good note
The Truckee High junior varsity football team beat the Lowry Buckaroos 28-3 in its last game of the season Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
Wolverines head coach Steve Ames said that with a number of starters on the sideline due to injuries, the Truckee coaching staff was excited to see who would step up and make the big plays.
Tucker Nevin had the best game of his high school career, Ames said, scoring two touchdowns, rushing for 89 yards and catching three passes for 25 yards.
Evan Hyland continued his defensive excellence, Ames said. Offensively, Hyland has played numerous positions, from the line to two back and three back. The James Bond of Truckee football, he does everything, Ames said. He scored on one of the best runs of the year, catching a 5-yard pass and running 60 yards for a touchdown.
The Esquivel brothers, Pablo and Cruz, had great games on all levels, Ames said. Pablo had a huge interception in the first half, and Cruz kicked and ran the ball well and played great defense.-
Ames said Tucker Ballister this season has shown heart and passion for the game.
“We are extremely happy to have had him for the past two years,” Ames said of Ballister, who intercepted a pass Saturday and ran it for a touchdown only to have it called back due to a penalty. “He played extremely well.”—
Defensively, Chris Raymer had great plays the entire game and has proven himself as a top linebacker for future years in Truckee, Ames said.
Nick Tennant, besides playing an outstanding game defensively, Ames said, made a number of key blocks on offense.
Ames said that Eric McMullen had the best game of his young career, recording three sacks, one forcing a fumble that resulted in an easy touchdown for Bob Waters.
Uriel Monroy, John DePew, Brad Cabral, Josh Johnson, Aaron Jones , Jonas Oppoeyn and Case Nelson all came in to the game and did an excellent job, Ames said.
Mike McNamara, Eric McMullen, Marshall Harvey, Evan Hyland and Sean Collins all had great games at defensive end.
Truckee always practices a special trick play and has for years. With two seconds remaining in the first half, the team got its opportunity.
How the play works: Quarterback BJ Carter throws to Sean Collins, who then laterals to Hyland, who has the option (of running or throwing).
How it played out: Collins caught the ball and pitched it to Hyland, who went 65 yards for a touchdown ” but, the play was called back on a penalty.
“It was really fun running the play,” Ames said. “Even though it was called back, it was a great play.”
Truckee ran another trick play to Ryan Cook, called the “cookie monster.”-
The ball was snapped to Cook, who then covered it up. The play tricked everyone, including all the fans and the game photographer. Cook was one tackle away from breaking a big play.
“With this being our last game, I really felt that our kids came out to play. They really dominated the game, especially in the second half, with the entire team contributing to the win. We give out a decleat award to the best hit of the game. I felt that Christmas came early to me when Eric O’Connell returned a punt, running hard and punishing Lowry would-be tacklers.
The hits of game came from CJ Ackerman and Mike McNamara. Truckee JVs end their record with 7-1-1. Great job JVs. If you would like to see some of your favorite JV players, some are going up to varsity for the remainder of the season.
This includes quarterback BJ Carter, defensive back Pablo Esquival, defensive end Evan Hyland, receiver Nick Meyers, strong safety ” but moving to defensive end ” Eric O’Connell and free safety Nick Tennant. Please support Truckee football ” see ya at the game.”
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.