Midgets drop two
The Truckee Junior Midgets (2-3) were dealt two disappointing losses in the past couple of weekends, but maintain an overall third place spot in the Pop Warner football league.
On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Midgets overcame injuries but still lost at Lovelock, 19-13. The following Saturday, they traveled to Lassen and were defeated because of a fourth quarter turnover .
The 7-0 loss was a defensive battle to the end. The Truckee defense, led by Cameron Bartolini, Scott Bosco, Spencer McCall, Jeff Hansen, R.J. Kato, Tyler Mongillo and Tommy Kokenge, held second ranked Lassen scoreless for over three and a half quarters.
Lassen’s defense, in turn, kept the Midgets’ offense at bay, stumping the usually effective running of Randon Nunez, Nick Costa, Sam Meskimen and Nathan Wrenn. Although the offensive line of Steve Stohlgren, Pat Baird, Kyle Steverman, Sean Chappel and Tommy Kokenge played well, Lassen kept the running and passing game a non-factor.
Against Lovelock, the Wolverines were forced to play without Randon Nunez and Jon Riley, who were out due to injuries.
Truckee’s defense managed to hold Lovelock to only seven points in the first half, led by the defensive efforts of McCall, Mongillo, Sean Chappel, Bosco Kokenge and Bartolini.
Truckee was held scoreless in the first half, but came alive in the second. The offensive line, in the third and fourth quarters, opened up the Truckee running game. Solid running by Costa, Wrenn and Meskimen resulted in the Wolverines’ scores. Paul Tierney’s passes to Jeff Hansen, Austin Harper and Kato was instrumental in setting up the run.
The team thanks the cheerleaders for their support.
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