Truckee Bandits put up tough fight against larger Yerington squad |

Truckee Bandits put up tough fight against larger Yerington squad

Submitted photoOwen Slusher runs for 35 yards against Yerington.

Starting a third straight Saturday with a 4:30 a.m. road trip, the Truckee Bandits battled the Yerington Lions in a 28-6 loss. Truckeeand#8217;s all rookie team of 5- to 7-year-old boys put up a valiant effort against the Lions, who fielded a team with several boys that were twice the weight of the Wolverine players.

With the Lions breaking off runs of more than 50 yards on their first three plays from scrimmage, Truckee quickly fell behind 21-0. Although the Lions dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage, Owen Slusher and Garrett Kirk were able to outrun the massive Lions defenders for runs of more than 35 and 30 yards, respectively. Truckeeand#8217;s lone score came on a 60-yard kickoff romp by Sean McMullen.

and#8220;It was a tough loss for the boys,and#8221; said assistant coach Bill Watters. and#8220;They played hard, but, we have to get better blocking across the O-line if weand#8217;re going to be successful against these bigger, more experienced teams. We want to be the hammer, not the nail.and#8221;

The undersized offensive line of Jackson Kahl, Kenyon Trim, Bode Siebelink, Tucker Mather, Hutton Woodruff and Dylan Lewis fought hard all day against their much larger opponents.

Truckeeand#8217;s Kia Watters, Devon Pursel, Beck Wilson, Holden Woodruff and Jake Solberg played hard defensively all day. Late in the game Dylan Lewis alertly recovered a fumble to shut down another Lion drive.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m really proud of the boys for not quitting today,and#8221; said assistant coach Ryan Solberg. and#8220;Despite quickly falling behind by three scores, the kids kept their spirits up and didnand#8217;t quit.and#8221;

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and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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