Manogue hands Truckee first home defeat in five years
Avenging their loss to the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines in last year’s state championship, the Bishop Manogue Miners marched into Surprise Stadium for the Wolverines’ season opener Saturday and brought an end to a couple of substantial streaks.
Winning 26-14, the Miners halted a Wolverine home-game winning streak dating back to 1994 and eradicated any notion Truckee may have had about building on 1998’s undefeated season.
“They were just a little more polished,” said Wolverine head coach Bob Schaffer. “It was just game one. It doesn’t affect our chances of getting into the playoffs … we still have the goal of winning back-to-back state championships, something our high school has never done.
“It’s [the game is] a stepping stone,” Schaffer said. “A chance to find out where we are and what we need to improve.”
There are some things that practice won’t improve.
The game, as far as experience is concerned, was a substantial mismatch. Not only did Manogue come to Truckee with a game already to its credit, but it came with 22 seniors on its roster.
Truckee, on the other hand, has nine. Additionally, the Wolverines were starting their back-up quarterback, Mike Holmes, and lost their multi-position starter, Mark Thiel, to a knee injury the weekend before.
Curtis Specht, the Wolverines’ starting quarterback, was on the sidelines and, according to Schaffer, has been suspended for an unspecified time.
The Wolverines did not score for the first half of the football game.
Meanwhile, the first play of Manogue’s second drive was setting up for its first score. The play was a bootleg, where the Miner quarterback, Pat Reilly, scampered for 23 yards. Six plays later, on his only rush of the game, Darby Jones ran for 13 yards and Manogue’s first TD.
After a failed two-point conversion attempt, the score was 6-0 with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter.
Casey Nelson, receiving a punt for Truckee midway through the second quarter, was clobbered right as he was catching the ball, resulting in the first of the Wolverines’ two turnovers.
The Miners capitalized. Starting at the Wolverine 36-yard line, the Miners scored on another bootleg play. Reilly arched down the sideline, this time for 32 yards and a TD.
Following another missed conversion, the score was 12-0 with 10:12 remaining in the half.
After two possessions and a turnover apiece, Nelson had a chance to redeem himself … and did. Nelson returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown. A glimmer shot into the collective Wolverine eye, quickly dulled by a 12-men-on-the-field penalty. Instead of a touchdown, the Wolverines lost possession and the Miner were awarded a first down.
On their last drive of the half, Truckee appeared to find the Manogue weakness, passing all the way down to the Miner 7-yard line before being stopped. In the drive, Truckee utilized five different receivers on six passes. Holmes and David DeCoite connected for a 32- yard hook up in the drive. The drive was to no avail, though, as, after stalling at the 7-yard line, the Wolverines turned the ball over on downs. Manogue kneed the ball and ran out the clock.
The Miners scored on their first possession of the second half. Midanik capped a 59-yard drive with an 8-yard TD run. After a successful extra point, the Miners led 19-0 with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter.
Finally, Truckee answered, putting its first points of the season on the board.
The TD was set up by a superb Matt Snatchko grab. Snatchko, substituting for Theil at the split-end position, had cut to the right but then had to readjust between two defenders in order to catch the ball over his left shoulder. The catch was good for a critical 22-yard gain on a third down and 10 situation. Nelson drove the ball into the endzone from nine yards out. Gary Cook kicked the extra point and the Wolverines had cut the lead to 19-7 with :18 remaining in the third.
Fourteen seconds later, following an 87-yard kickoff return by Toby Gansert, the Miners reclaimed the 19-point difference, leading 26-7.
Truckee struck again late in the fourth quarter. Four passes to four different receivers – Nelson, Jesse Owen, Decoite, and Snatchko – drove the Wolverines down to the Miner 28-yard-line where Holmes and Snatchko connected again, this time for a TD. After a Cook extra point, the Wolverines trailed 26-14 with 2:45 remaining.
Schaffer, following the TD, immediately put in his second defense.
Truckee accumulated 173 yards of total offense.
The Wolverines rushed 24 times for 13 yards. The rushing total was significantly hampered as the Wolverine offensive line gave up seven quarterback sacks for a loss of 53 yards.
Nelson led the Wolverines, rushing seven times for 25 yards. Suter also rushed seven times, managing 17 yards.
Zach Wilson, who cramped and was unable to play large sections of the game, rushed twice for 16 yards. Decoite rushed once for eight yards.
“They knew we were playing a young quarterback,” said Schaffer, “so they committed a lot of guys to the line.”
The passing game was very efficient, however. The Wolverines utilized eight different receivers and connected for 160 yards. Holmes was an impressive 14-for-20 with a touchdown and an interception.
“Mike [Holmes] was pretty remarkable,” Schaffer said, “considering he’s only been playing one week at quarterback.”
Snatchko was Holmes’ leading receiver with four receptions, 60 yards and a touchdown. Decoite caught three passes for 45 yards. Billy Wrenn, Owen, Mike Ochoa and Nelson each had receptions for 10 or more yards.
Manogue had 217 total yards.
The Miners were held to 37 passing yards. Reilly struggled, completing 25 percent of his passes. Reilly went 3-for-12 on the day with all his passes being to Jeremy Clarke.
Reilly redeemed himself, however, by serving as the team’s leading rusher. Reilly had seven rushes, contributing 63 yards to Manogue’s 180 rushing yards. The Miners rushed 35 times and used six different rushers.
Midanik rushed nine times for 56 yards and Gansert ran 14 times for 51 yards. Chris Ibaibarriaga, Jones and Nick Fischer rushed for 21, 13 and seven yards, respectively.
Both teams had 12 first downs.
Truckee, having difficulty with the center/quarterback exchange, had five fumbles, but only lost one. Manogue had two fumbles, losing one.
Cook, an ex-soccer player, punted five times for an average of 36 yards. Midanik punted twice for Manogue, averaging 27.5 yards a punt.
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