Truckee captures JV league football crown
The Truckee High junior varsity football team won the league championship after playing to a 22-22 tie at Sparks on Friday.
“We did just enough to hold off Spark,” said Truckee coach Steve Ames. “I’m really proud of this team. The whole team overachieved all year. Every one of these kids deserves the title of league champions.”
Justin Vosburgh, Robert Raber and C.J. Ackerman each played a good game. Ryan Roberts also kicked a 20-yard field goal and Ryan Cook had a fumble recovery.
“I was really proud of Ryan Roberts,” Ames said. “His field goal ended up winning the championship for us. I also thought C.J. Ackerman had one of his best games, running hard and tackling. He also had an interception and had two big hits.”
Brian Sipe was back playing linebacker, helping out Robert Raber and Chris Raymer. Briar Shrock had one catch for 40 yards at the 2-yard line.
“I really wanted Briar to score,” Ames said. “He’s improved all year and had a great season. He’s going to be a great varsity player.”
Overall, Ames was impressed with his team’s performance in the final game of the season, especially since it was a rough day from the get-go.
“I thought we played a pretty good football game,” he said. “Sparks was very big and physical. They had a couple big plays that kept them in the game. We were out of sync the moment we boarded the bus for Sparks. We just weren’t ready to play.”
Ames said he is thankful for all the support provided throughout the season by Truckee parents and fans. He is also grateful for his coaching staff.
“This year’s coaching staff of Tom Mohun, Bob Home, Jesse Martinez and Ryan Wyler did a great job this year being able to adjust to injuries and put kids in positions that we could still succeed,” Ames said.
“I would like to congratulate all of the players,” the coach continued. “This championship team was really family unit that relied on the entire team to have success. I’m going to miss this group of kids; they were really a lot of fun.”