Triumphant Homecoming for Wolverines
“It’s always fun to win your own Homecoming,” said Wolverine Head Coach Bob Shaffer after his team’s crushing 40-3 victory over Dayton on Saturday.
Spearheading the fun were members of Truckee’s special teams, who not only collected two of the team’s five touchdowns, but also rallied a slow offense into action. Coming off a bye week, the TNT offense was out of sync at the onset of play.
“We came out of the chute a little bit slow, but the special teams did a great job of energizing the rest of the team,” said Shaffer.
In the first quarter, Wolverine senior Evan Birchard put the first points on the board with a 55-yard punt return. The next Wolverine score came in the second quarter with a 12-yard run by David Larson. The Dust Devils kicked in a 38-yard field goal late in the first half for their first points of the day, heading into halftime 14-3 in favor of TNT.
Evan Birchard returned to the end zone in the third quarter with a crowd-raising 95-yard punt return to bring the Wolverines to 20. On their next drive, Truckee QB Kevin Schlesinger threw a 10-yard pass to Larson for yet another TNT touchdown. Schlesinger secured the Wolverines’ lead with a 53-yard run late in the third quarter to score.
Adam Lindroth rounded out the scoring for Truckee with a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter, bringing the Wolverines’ total yards rushing to 330 for the day. Schlesinger was 10 for 15 in passing attempts for 95 yards, and collected a touchdown on the day.
Despite being plagued by injuries this season, the Wolverine offense were solid and looked strong for their game tomorrow at Fernley against the Vaqueros. The Vaqueros have lost one game thus far and pose a powerful offense that have produced high scoring games this season.
“They have got a lot of weapons and are solid in every area,” said Shaffer.
The Wolverines are currently tied for first place in league standings with Lowry and will be working against the Vaqueros’ home field advantage on Friday night to retain their top position. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7 p.m.
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