Shutout: Wolverines stop Eagles 48-0
The Boulder City Eagles probably thought they were in Buffalo rather than California during Saturday’s 48-0 Truckee victory in the first round of the 3A US Bank/NIAA state championships.
It was not an easy day for the Eagles, which came to town during a snowstorm, trying to knock off unbeaten Truckee.
“The combination of them playing on the road and living down there, not being used to the white stuff, probably did it,” said Truckee coach Bob Shaffer.
Shaffer also pointed to Truckee’s preparedness.
“Our kids did a good job of absorbing what the coaching staff put together as a game plan.”
Truckee came out in the first quarter with a Josh Wilson 41-yard run for a touchdown, putting Wilson on a fast track to the 176 yards he would amass during the game.
Jesse Owen then scored for Truckee on an 11-yard pass from Chris Gerdin for a TD.
After another unsuccessful Eagle possession resulting in good field position for the Wolverines, Gerdin found Josh Anagnos on a five-yard pass for another six.
In the second, Jeff Andrs took a four-yard run into the end zone, followed by Paul DeCarlo on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Gerdin.
Wilson finished up the half with a four-yard run for six.
Mark Thiel successfully kicked five extra points against the Eagles.
With rain and snow blowing players sideways on the field and Truckee up 41-0 at the half, there was some speculation as to whether the Eagles would even return to field or call for a running clock.
Shaffer laughed when asked if he was surprised to see Boulder City return to play.
“They have their pride, too.”
In the second half, Truckee employed second- and third-string players and brought in backup quarterback Carson Specht.
The game was scoreless in the third quarter.
Truckee scored on a Zach Wilson six-yard run in the fourth.
As the clock ran down the final seconds, Specht kneeled down with the ball, opting not to run up the score at the end of the game.
J. Wilson had 12 carries for 176 yards; Andrs had nine carries for 61 yards; Z. Wilson had eight for 72 yards.
David DeCoit, two for 15 yards; Specht, one for eight yards; Gerdin, one for minus three yards; Victor Corral, three for 12 yards; Casey Nelson, one for six yards; Tudi Corral, two for 16 yards.
Gerdin completed six of nine passes for 65 yards and three touchdowns.
DeCarlo caught two passes for 26 yards, Andrs caught one for 14, Anagnos caught two for 13 yards and Owen caught one for 11 yards.
The win sets up a Truckee/Moapa Valley matchup for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Surprise Stadium.
Last Saturday, Moapa slid past Lovelock 30-14 at Lovelock.
“They have a good running attack,” Shaffer said. “One of their running backs had 192 yards rushing last week and they threw for 187 yards. They’re not one-dimensional.”
Shaffer said Truckee’s general plan is to change coverage in certain situations.
“Their wideouts are tall and our cornerbacks need a little help.”
Moapa Valley is 9-2.
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