Leading the pack Truckee takes lead in Division 1 after defeating North Tahoe 41-12
For a brief moment, Truckee fans had to wonder if Saturday’s game was going to be a real nail-biter.
Seconds before the half, Truckee was only up 14-6, the second smallest lead it has had since the first game of the season against Bishop-Manogue.
Then came the 35-yard pass from Chris Gerdin to David DeCoit and the Wolverines walked off the field to the locker room with a 21-6 cushion.
Still, there was a moment when more than one Wolverine supporter watched with guarded optimism.
“Our defense slipped a little this week,” said head coach Bob Shaffer.
The game had started atypically with an onside North Tahoe kick, recovered by the Lakers for an unsuccessful drive.
In the first quarter, Jeff Andrs took an eight-yard run into the end zone for Truckee’s first touchdown. The extra point attempt failed.
North Tahoe countered with a 25-yard Brolliar pass to Pandola and a missed extra point, tying the game at 6-6.
Truckee wasn’t finished with the first quarter until Josh Wilson carried it 19 yards and Andrs earned Truckee another two off a Gerdin pass for the two-point conversion.
The second quarter was relatively quiet. With 33 seconds left in the half, Gerdin found DeCoit for the 35-yarder and the 15-point lead.
In addition to the onside kick, North Tahoe successfully converted on a fourth-down fake punt in the first half.
“There were some new wrinkles we hadn’t seen,” Shaffer said.
They gambled on some special teams and it worked.”
In the third, Truckee returned for two touchdowns, the first of which was a two-yard Andrs run followed by a successful Mark Thiel kick.
The second was a nine-yard pass from Gerdin to DeCoit. Thiel again kicked the extra point. Truckee began the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard Zack Wilson run and a failed extra point attempt.
By this point, Shaffer said, Truckee brought in its second and third string players, giving them a chance to get some field time.
North Tahoe scored when Tyler O’Neal ran 48 yards. The two-point conversion attempt was thwarted when Truckee intercepted the pass intended for a Laker receiver.
J. Wilson led with nine carries for 141 yards. The rest follow: Andrs 10 for 79 yards, DeCoit one for 18 yards, Gerdin one for negative four yards, Casey Nelson five for 50 yards, Z. Wilson four for 33 yards, Victor Corral one for nine yards.
North Tahoe’s O’Neal rushed 22 times for 81 yards.
Gerdin completed 12 of 13 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
“He had a great day,” Shaffer said.
North Tahoe’s Brolliar was five for nine for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Geoff Hovorka caught two passes for 30 yards and DeCoit caught three for 53 yards.
Jesse Owen had one catch for three yards, J. Wilson had two for 62 yards, Thiel had one for five yards and Andrs had one for three yards.
Truckee faces Rite of Passage in Yerington, Nev., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with junior varsity playing at 11:30 a.m. The maroon and gray Rams are part of a private school with a 476 enrollment.
“ROP has a very explosive offense with good team speed,” Shaffer said.
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