Truckee football clinches league title
The Truckee Wolverines strayed from their routine but still overwhelmed the Lowry Buckaroos, 48-22, on Oct. 22 to clinch the Northern 3A league title and remain undefeated in league play (6-1 overall, 5-0 Northern 3A).
In five previous victories, Truckee had outscored opponents 155-6 in the first half to coast to easy wins. At Lowry, the Buckaroos managed to hang with the league-leading Wolverines in the first half, trailing by only 14-10 at intermission. But Truckee exploded with a 34-point third quarter to win its sixth consecutive game and continue its domination of the Northern 3A in 2004.
Nick Cabral scored three touchdowns, and Micah Carbajal added a pair of touchdowns as Truckee scored 41 unanswered points in the second and third quarters. Carbajal ran for 112 yards on 11 carries and posted the first 100-yard rushing game by a Truckee player this season.
Wide receiver Jamie Maehler added 95 rushing yards on four carries, including a 35-yard touchdown run. Maehler also caught two passes for 50 yards and completed a 34-yard pass to teammate John Hooper on a fake punt.
Gordon Neelands caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Paul Tierney, who was 7-of-14 for 102 yards and two TDs. Tierney is now 85-of-120 (71 percent) for 1,395 yards, 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions on the season. Tierney is fourth in Greater Nevada passing yardage and has attempted 158 fewer passes than the leader in that category.
On defense, Hooper and Randon Nunez each had an interception, and Dan Ballou recovered four fumbles. Lowry, playing without starting quarterback Tyler Crnkovich, had six turnovers. Nunez has a team-high five interceptions this season.
Cody Gerhard, Jeff Plum and Andrew Reed all had a rushing touchdown for Lowry, which fell to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the Northern 3A.
In the Northern 3A, Truckee clinched the league title by winning 48-22 at Lowry, and Spring Creek locked up second place with a 31-3 home win over North Tahoe.
Dayton, which hammered last-place Sparks 63-7, assured itself the first non-losing season in the 21-year history of the program. The Dust Devils, 3-2 in league and 5-3 overall, can lock up their first winning season by beating Lyon County rival Fernley next week.
Lowry, Fernley and North Tahoe are tied for fourth place, and the final spot in the Northern 3A play-in round, at 2-3. If the favorites win next week’s games ” Spring Creek over Lowry, Dayton over Fernley and Truckee over North Tahoe ” North Tahoe, which beat Fernley 51-0 last week, would get the fourth and final postseason invite by virtue of point differential within the 2-4 tie with Lowry and Fernley.
Lowry must beat Spring Creek at home Thursday night to make the playoffs; ditto Fernley against Dayton the same night. The only way North Tahoe ” which plays archrival Truckee, which the Lakers haven’t beaten since 1987, Saturday ” can be aced out of a playoff berth would be if Lowry wins, Fernley loses and North Tahoe loses to Truckee. In that case, Lowry would finish 3-3 and finish fourth outright.
If Fernley wins, and Lowry and North Tahoe lose, the Vaqueros likewise would finish 3-3 and get the fourth playoff berth outright. If Lowry wins, it won’t matter how North Tahoe does against Truckee, because if the Buckaroos and North Tahoe finish in a two-way tie at 3-3, Lowry gets the berth by virtue of its 14-7 win over the Lakers.
The Truckee junior varsity improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Northern 3A with a 46-6 win over Lowry on Oct. 22.
– OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
Kevin Sahlberg rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wolverines in scoring. Drew Stewart had two touchdowns and numerous first downs with hard running all night long. Sam Silver had two touchdowns on three carries behind a strong performance by the offensive line.
– DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
Brian Cordell led the team in tackles, with 14 tackles, followed by Paris Tenorio and Kyler Coxson with nine each. Paris Tenorio had a fumble recovery along with Kyle Sundale, Andrew Mazzini and Jaimie Zarate.
– COACH’S NOTES:
“Being 8 and 0 feels great!” said Truckee head coach Steve Ames. “We were a little concerned going to this game against a good Lowry team with a bad week of practice because of the weather hampering us. But we had good energy during the game. We played with passion and emotion which carried us through.
“This was another game that all players got to play in and compete in a winning effort. I was proud of all the kids. We are working hard for next week’s game, our big rivalry North Tahoe (on Oct. 30 at Surprise Stadium; 11 a.m. JV, 1:30 p.m. varsity).”
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Students from North Tahoe and Truckee recently made the trip to Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley to compete in the annual Kays Ostrom Invitational.