Truckee corrals Battle Mountain
Ain’t it sweet to be home again?
After a three-week hiatus, the Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines football team returned to Surprise Stadium last Saturday and laid to waste its first 3A league contender of the season, the Battle Mountain Longhorns, 35-0.
The Wolverines’ defense was dominant throughout the game, giving up only one big play – a 79-yard pass from Manuel Andrade to Eric Boltz – which accounted for more than half of the Longhorns’ 147 total yards. The Wolverines responded by holding Battle Mountain to negative yardage on the drive’s next plays, eventually forcing a fumble.
Led by Brad Noel, Robert Acevedo, Tudi Corral and Erik Detwiller, the Wolverine defense only allowed one first down in the entire first half. The Longhorns were held to four yards rushing on 15 attempts and, minus the 79-yard reception, only two-yards passing in the half.
Meanwhile, Battle Mountain played like they had an aversion to the football, fumbling eight times – losing five – and throwing two interceptions.
The team fumbled its opening kickoff and gave the Wolverines their first possession deep in Longhorn territory. Truckee answered by fumbling on its first play, handing the ball right back.
The Longhorns, three plays later, lost another fumble and the Wolverines, grateful for the second chance, capitalized with an 8-yard touchdown run by Casey Nelson.
Nelson struck twice more in the half.
After the defense stunted Battle Mountain’s second possession, Nelson returned a punt 60 yards, putting the Wolverines up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
A blocked punt by Matt Snatchko early in the second quarter led to Nelson’s third TD of the game. Nelson scampered 35 yards on the ensuing drive’s first play and gave the Wolverines a comfortable 21-0 lead.
James Curtis accounted for Truckee’s next score by covering a fumble in the end zone with four minutes elapsed in the third period.
David DeCoite, the Wolverines’ stand-in quarterback, connected with David Larson for a 50-yard touchdown pass to close out the third quarter, capping the score at 35-0.
The Wolverines had the opportunity to score again, but a 50-yard punt return for a TD by Nelson was called back due to a clipping call.
The Wolverines themselves were the Longhorn’s main offensive and defensive weapons, committing 16 penalties for more than 145 yards.
“An ugly win is better than an ugly loss,” Truckee Head Coach Bob Schaffer said.
Noel, the senior defensive tackle, was the Wolverines’ leading tackler, accumulating 15. Acevedo managed to bat down two passes at the other defensive tackle position, also racking up a fair share of tackles.
Snatchko and DeCoite each had an interception.
The Wolverines are currently tied with the North Tahoe Lakers and Spring City for first place in the league, as each team claimed wins this week in its respective 3A opener.
The Wolverines will next travel to play their league rivals, the North Tahoe Lakers on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m..
The Wolverines will continue to play DeCoite at quarterback. Zach Wilson, one of Truckee’s captains who was hurt in a recent game against Reed, will likely return to action for the North Tahoe game.
The Lakers have just come off of a narrow 16-15 win over the Rite of Passage Rams, advancing their record to 3-2 on the season.
The Lakers have won games against Incline (44-7), Dayton (28-0), and Rite of Passage (last week, 16-15.) Their losses came to Manogue (35-15) and Quincy (26-6.)
The North Tahoe team, larger than it has been in years, has an extensive offense based on a multitude of formations.
One tactic that this year’s team has implemented is the switching of quarterbacks from quarter to quarter. Starting quarterback, Brett Brolliar, a senior, in all the games except against ROP, has traded positions for a couple of quarters with Billy Freeman, who is a starting receiver.
The Lakers offense is also based on a lot of misdirection.
The Lakers consider this to be the game of the year for them, hoping to snag a win over their northern rivals.
Wolverines 14 7 14 0 – 35
Longhorns 0 0 0 0 – 0
TT – Nelson 8 run (Cook kick good)
TT – Nelson 60 punt return (Cook kick good)
TT – Nelson 35 run (Cook kick good)
TT – Curtis fumble recovery in end zone (Cook kick good)
TT – DeCoite 50 pass to Larson (Cook kick good)
7 First downs 5
26-194 Rushes-yards 29-43
6-12-0 Comp.-att.-int. 5-18-2
105 Passing yards 104
299 Total yards 147
3-2 Fumbles-lost 8-5
16-145.5 Penalties-yards 9-70
RUSHING – TT: Nelson 6-79 (2TD), Corral 3-56, Larson 4-34, Detwiller 7-13, DeCoite 5-5,Suter 1-2; BM: Haworth 12-36, Schultz 13-4, Andrade 3-6, Boltz 1-(-3).
PASSING – TT: DeCoite 6-12-0 105 (TD); BM: Andrade 5-18-2 104.
RECEIVING – TT: Larson 3-55 (TD), Snatchko 2-33, Wrenn 1-11, Suter 1-6; BM: Boltz 1-79, Turner 2-17, Schultz 1-4, Stahl 1-4.
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