Truckee beaten, barely
After enduring a nail-biting overtime showdown Saturday afternoon, Truckee High football fans went home without the satisfaction of seeing their Wolverines pull off a season-opening win over Colfax.
“I think we could have definitely beat that team,” said Truckee wingback Ben Tonon. “It was a good game, though.”
Up 14-7 at the half, Truckee failed to score again and lost 20-14 in an overtime period in which each team was given four opportunities from the 10-yard line to get the ball into the end zone.
The Wolverines had first crack at it.
Junior fullback Andrew Stewart ” who led Truckee with 25 carries for 102 yards, and had a nifty 27-yard touchdown run in the second quarter ” ran the ball on fist down for no gain. On second down Stewart plowed his way to the 3-yard line, then to the 1-yard line on third down.
On fourth down at the 1-yard line, Truckee quarterback Robert Jones again handed off to Stewart, who was stuffed short of the end zone by a pack of large Colfax defenders.
Then it was Colfax’s turn.
After a dropped pass on first down, Truckee linebacker Scott Decker broke up a throw on second-and-10, but was called for pass interference. The call gave Colfax a first down half the distance to the goal, at the 5-yard line.
Colfax managed to get to the 1-yard line before running the ball in on third down for the win.
“I think what kind of did us in was being ahead at halftime,” said Tonon, who scored Truckee’s second and final touchdown on a seven-yard run in the second quarter. “We didn’t come out (for the second half) with the same intensity. We came out kind of flat.”
Truckee’s defense, led by seniors Kyle Steverman and Jorge Vasquez, and crew, played Colfax tough the entire game, something Tonon noted when asked about positives the Wolverines could take from the game.
“Our defense won the game, basically, and the offense couldn’t back it up,” Tonon said.
Senior safety John Hooper said the non-league loss is not the end of the world for the Wolverines.
“I’m disappointed, but (Colfax) was definitely a really good team,” Hooper said. “They may be the best team we play all year. It’s good to start off the year against a good opponent. It helps let you know where you are.”
Hooper said there is work to be done in order to improve, though.
“We missed a lot of opportunities,” he said. “There’s a ton of things we could have done better during the game. We need to cut down on penalties and turnovers.”
Truckee’s best quarter, by far, was the second, when Tonon and Stewart ran for touchdowns, giving the Wolverines a 14-7 lead after Colfax found the end zone in the first quarter on a pass play.
The next contest for the Wolverines will be Sparks at Surprise Stadium in Truckee this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
“The loss just motivates us, basically,” Tonon said. “Sparks is going to have to pay the price.”
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