Reed hands Wolverines second straight loss
There were 36 minutes of tension Friday as the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines football team waited for the other shoe to fall.
Put away by the second quarter – giving up 27 unanswered points to fall behind 34-7 by halftime – the football team was forced to endure a second half of mental and physical strain, losing to the Reed Raiders, finally, 54-7.
At game’s end, the coach and team gathered in the endzone for their post-game conference and the silence was deafening. Usually engaging a round- robin type of format where Head Coach Bob Schaffer and his assistants take turns espousing their football wisdom, each coach just nodded off his turn, electing to say nothing at all.
When it came assistant coach Gary Collins’ turn, he hesitated, then simply said, “1983.”
Following another delay, Collins said, “The last time Truckee started 1-3 was in 1983. That was also the first state championship team.”
Collins went on to explain that the 1983 team had lost to the Elko Indians early in the season (16-0) and at season’s end, through sheer determination, ended up defeating Elko in the state championship game, 34-0, finishing the season at 8-3.
“They made a commitment to turn it around,” Collins said. “They just flat refused to lose anymore.”
“You can turn it around or you can turn it in,” Collins continued, “but if you’re going to turn it around, you can never play like that again.”
Anxious, with a tendency to over-pursue, Truckee allowed a 92-yard return on the opening kickoff.
The Wolverines managed to advance all the way to the Raider 25-yard line on their first drive of the game, but they turned the ball over on an interception, the first of three. Truckee gave up five turnovers during the course of the game, three times in Raider territory.
The Wolverine defense stopped the Raiders on their first drive of the game. With a sack apiece from Jesse Owen and Tuti Corral, the Truckee defense forced Reed to punt, setting up the only Wolverine score.
Casey Nelson tied the game by taking the Raider punt 70 yards into the end-zone. The first quarter ended in a 7-7 tie.
Reed capped an eight-play drive with a TD to start the second quarter. Holding Truckee to three and out, they blocked the Wolverines’ first punt and, eight plays later, scored again. A low snap on a punt attempt gave Reed the ball at the Wolverine 33-yard line for its next drive. The Raiders scored on a Lamar Lee run. Truckee threw an interception on the first play of the next drive. Owen recovered a fumble following the interception play, but then Truckee turned the ball over on downs in four plays. The Raiders slammed it home once more as time expired in the half.
“We haven’t played Truckee football for about six quarters,” Schaffer said, “It’s time. Next week we play Battle Mountain in our first league game of the season. Right now we’re 0-0.”
David DeCoite was injured in the first half and was carted off the field in an ambulance at halftime, claiming to feel a “little funny.”
Practicing on Monday, DeCoite just got popped in the head a little too hard and is fine, according to Schaffer. DeCoite is expected to start at the quarterback position in place of Mike Holmes against Battle Mountain.
Holmes was injured during the Reed game and visited the doctor Monday to have his swollen elbow examined.
Holmes can be added to a list of injured players that includes; Mark Thiel, Dane Molina, Zach Wilson and Jacob McCauley.
“We’re going to have to get the back-ups to step up,” said Schaffer. “We’ve played a hard group of games. We knew that it could be this or even worse.”
The Wolverines are at home Saturday against Battle Mountain for their first league game of the season. The game starts at 1:30 p.m.
Reed 7 27 20 0 – 54
Truckee 7 0 0 0 – 7
R – Tuavao 92 KO return (Jassel kick good) 11:42
T – Nelson 70 punt return (Detwiller kick good) 1:48
R – Lee 9 pass to Ashby (Jassel kick good) 10:53
R – Lee 34 run (Bickerton kick failed) 5:14
R – Lee 1 run (Gibbons run) 1:53
R – Lee 4 pass to Scott (Gorsett kick failed) 0:00
R – Lee 12 pass to Ashby (Maneotis kick good) 10:30
R – Lee 12 pass to Scott (Maneotis kick failed) 6:37
R – Conrado 3 run (Maneotis kick good) 1:08
16 First Downs 7
35-222 Rushes-Yards 33-142 11-14-0 Passes-att.-int. 1-5-3
151 Passing yards 7
373 Total yards 149
1-1 Fumbles-lost 2-2
4-40 Penalties-yards 10-80
RUSHING – R: Drew 18-98, Carter 2-62, Lee 8-47 (2TD), Gibbons 2-6, Conrado 3-5 (TD), McManus 2-4; TT: Owen 2-40, Detwiller 8-30, Holmes 3-19, Suter 10-19, Kendrick 2-13, Tohlen 1-10, DeCoite 2-10, Nelson 2-4, Corral 3-(-3).
PASSING – R: Lee 11-14-0 151 (4TD); TT: Holmes 1-4-2 7, Tohlen 0-1-1.
RECEIVING – R: Scott 6-52 (2TD), Gorsett 2-73, Ashby 2-21 (TD), Dahlgren 1-5; TT: Snatchko 1-7.
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