Las Plumas falls 34-0 in Truckee romp
If you saw something unusual in the skies over Surprise Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it was just buzzards seeing if there was anything left of the Las Plumas defense after Truckee finished with it.
In a 34-0 route against the Sacramento-area team, the Tahoe-Truckee High School Wolverine football team, which has allowed only a single touchdown in eight quarters of play, improved its record to 2-0.
Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer said he was more pleased with tackling and blocking than in the previous week’s match-up against Reno’s Bishop-Manogue.
“We had a better day and we’re making progress. That’s the big key,” Shaffer said.
In the rushing category, Jeff Anders had 10 carries for 52 yards, Casey Nelson had five carries for 34 yards and Josh Wilson had 13 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown on a one-yard run on the first Truckee drive.
David DeCoite led with 108 yards on two carries, both of which were touchdown runs.
Truckee combined for a total of 255 yards rushing.
Chris Gerdin completed 10 of 20 passes for 158 yards on the day, while backup junior quarterback Carson Specht, brought in near the end of the game, was two for two for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Gerdin and Specht combined for 217 yards passing.
Mark Thiel had two receptions for 21 yards, Geoff Hovorka had two catches for 31 yards, Josh Anagnos had two catches for eight yards, DeCoite had three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, Jesse Quintana had a single reception for 23 yards, Paul DeCarlo caught one pass for 56 yards and a touchdown and Kenny Woodbury-Self caught a pass for 18 yards.
Defensively, the Wolverines held Las Plumas to just 12 yards rushing on 51 attempts. In passing, Las Plumas was three for four for 37 yards, for a grand total of 49 yards on the offense.
The leading Plumas back rushed for 67 yards, while the rest of the perimeter were in the negative numbers.
The Truckee line managed to penetrate the Plumas offense, sacking its quarterback 10 times. Seth Scribner, Brandon Anderson and Derrick Newman each sacked the Las Plumas quarterback twice.
Scribner also made two of the Wolverines’ six fumble recoveries against Las Plumas.
Truckee, however, was plagued with penalties, 13 all told, with everything from roughing the punter to blocking below the waist.
“That hurts the continuity of our offense,” Shaffer said. “What we’re trying to do offensively changes drastically (with penalties).”
Shaffer pointed out there are a lot more options for a team with second and five than a team with second and 20.
When asked whether he was satisfied with Gerdin’s performance, Shaffer was reticent.
“No, not yet,” he said. “He’s getting better, throwing better and puts a touch on the ball, but he needs to do a better job of reading defensive coverage.”
As for Specht, Shaffer said he didn’t play enough for the coach to get a good idea of what his potential, but Shaffer said he wouldn’t feel uneasy about using the junior again.
“I feel confident putting him in and knowing we won’t lose anything. He feels he can step in and do the job when called upon.”
Truckee will face its toughest challenge yet this Saturday at Surprise Stadium (game time ____ p.m.) when they square off against Sacramento-based Catholic school Christian Brothers.
Shaffer said he recently watched Christian Brothers beat No. 5-ranked El Camino by 52 points, and that Truckee will have to play a “perfect” game to beat them.
“We have to stay mentally focused so wee don’t do the little things that get us in trouble,” Shaffer said.
Christian Brothers is 3-0.
Truckee is 2-0, with wins against Bishop-Manogue and Las Plumas, both of which are non-league games. League play begins Oct. 3 at home with Truckee facing Spring Creek, the homecoming game.
The junior varsity earned a hard-fought victory against the Las Plumas JV team Saturday, winning 15-7.
The game was tied 7-7 as the end of the fourth quarter neared, when Truckee orchestrated a ________-yard drive leading to a touchdown by _________ and a two-point conversion.
The freshman football team beat Fernley last Thursday 16-14. They will face Manogue today.
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