Pee Wees extend shutout streak to four games
The Truckee Pop Warner Pee Wee football team kept season-long shutout intact with a 27-0 win over the Reno Patriots on Friday.
After the opening kickoff to Reno, the Patriots chose to pass after two plays of no gain. Their third-down pass went into the arms of Truckee’s Zach Pettite, giving the ball to the Truckee offense.
On Truckee’s first play Graham Christian ran the ball 24 yards for the first score of the game. With the extra point failing, Truckee led 6-0.
The Patriots’ next possession again resulted in a punt.
The result of Truckee’s next possession was also the same, as quarterback Ty Englert connected with Shawn Howe for a 28-yard touchdown on the first play. The extra point was successful by Sawyer Ballister, bringing the score early in the first quarter to 13-0.
Deep in Reno territory, Pettite, a middle linebacker, stripped the ball from a Patriot running back and ran for 6 yards. A few plays later Graham Christian ran the ball in from the 14-yard line for the third touchdown of the first quarter. With the extra point failing, Truckee took a 19-0 lead.
On Reno’s next possession, Christian, also a middle linebacker, stole a Patriot pitch and ran the ball for a few yards towards the end zone.
The second quarter started out with Truckee’s offense stalling on the 2-yard line. The Truckee defense then made a strong push led by Scott Womack, Niko Duner, Justin Carter, Nathan Golden, Drew Hartley, Julian Theis, Zach Conradson, Jentz Zirbel, Jasper Fields and Calvin Svoboda, who scored a defensive safety to adjust the score to 21-0.
Truckee’s defense continued its presence while putting in many reserves. A couple of fine defensive sacks were made by Zach Conradson (for a 1-yard loss) and Tyler Curtis (for a 2-yard loss) as the first half came to a close.
In the third quarter the Truckee offense put together an excellent drive with Brooks Hudson running the ball for a 7-yard touchdown. The extra point failed, bringing the score to 27-0.
With the offense throttled back to idle mode, Truckee’s defense kept its intensity to preserve its fourth straight shutout of the season, keeping the Truckee Pop Warner Pee Wee record at a perfect 4-0.
The win sets up a showdown with the South Lake Tahoe Pee Wee Vikings, who are also undefeated this season. Truckee hosts the Vikings at home on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Junior Pee Wees play the Reno Patriots on Friday Oct. 6 at Mira Loma Park in Reno at 6 p.m. The Junior Midgets play at home on Saturday Oct. 7 against the South Lake Tahoe Vikings at 12 p.m. The Midgets also play at home after the Junior Midgets game against the Sparks Cardinals, with game time at 2 p.m.