Pee Wees continue to roll
The Truckee Junior Wolverine Pee Wee football team ran its record to 6-0, with a 26-0 win against the Reno Falcons at home last Saturday.
Truckee’s offensive unit put together a solid opening drive with a 35-yard touchdown run by Sawyer Ballister. The extra point was good by Zach Pettite, giving Truckee a 7-0 lead.
While the offense has dominated its opponents, the defense has controlled each game this season. The defense forced the Falcons to punt the ball back to the Truckee offense. On the initial punt return, Ballister ran the ball back for a 23-yard return.
During the second offensive drive Graham Christian ran for 23 yards, putting the ball on the 14-yard line, where Ballister again capped off the drive with a sweep around the end to extend Truckee’s lead to 13-0.
The second quarter started out with the Truckee defense forcing a turnover with an interception by Christian, who then returned it the distance for another Truckee touchdown. The extra point on a quarterback wedge keeper by Tyler Englert made it 20-0.
The second half continued with the defense shutting down the Falcons’ offense.
The first offensive drive of the third quarter was finished off very quickly with Pettite’s 42-yard touchdown run to make it 26-0.
The final quarter of the game continued with Truckee’s defense controlling the line of scrimmage.
“Our defense stayed aggressive while our offense was put in idle mode,” defensive coach Rich Stull said.
Pettite, playing linebacker, caused a fumble while teammate Tyler Curtis recovered it. Pettite intercepted another Falcon pass and returned the ball 25 yards before running out of bounds.
“He could have ran all the way into the end zone,” Stull said, “but we instructed him to run out of bounds. We didn’t want to run up the score.”
Truckee coach Gregg Christian was impressed with his team’s performance.
“Our offensive line did a great job opening up holes for our backs, both lines (first and second string),” he said. “This week’s game will be our toughest of the season, against a Douglas team, which is also undefeated. They have yet to be scored upon this season. It ought to be a great game.”
All the Truckee Pop Warner teams play today. The Pee Wees play at 8 p.m. in Minden. The Junior Pee Wees play the Sparks Wolf Pack at Don Mello Park in Sparks at 6 p.m. The Junior Midgets play the Sparks Steelers at 8 p.m., and the Midgets play the Reno Falcons at 8 p.m.. Both games are at Don Mello Park.
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