Truckee football coach leads Silver all-stars to big win in Sertoma Classic
Sun News Service
RENO, Nev. and#8212; Stopping the run and winning the turnover battle are two keys to winning a football game at any level.
The Blue all-star squad did neither Friday night, and dropped a 21-0 decision to the Silver squad coached by Truckee’s Bob Shaffer at the 29th annual Sertoma Classic at Mackay Stadium.
It was the seventh shutout in Sertoma history, and the first since 2006 when the Blue beat the Silver 24-0.
Carson’s Blair Roman, who coached the Blue squad, expected a low-scoring game. He probably didn’t expect to see a goose egg on his side of the scoreboard. The Blue offense managed just 94 yards total offense, unofficially.
and#8220;We turned the ball over four times,and#8221; Roman said. and#8220;You can’t do that in an all-star game. You can’t give the other team a short field. With two minutes to go in the third quarter, we’d only run off 17 plays (actually 21). They controlled the game.
and#8220;The two big tackles from Reed (Kyle Roberts and Garrett Corbett) were pretty dominant at times. They were able to run the ball off tackle. Pollack (Johnny, Douglas High) and Thompson (Christian, Reed High) both played well.and#8221;
Pollack, the Silver MVP, gained 99 yards on nine carries, including a 24-yard TD run in the second half. Thompson gained 82 on 12 attempts.
and#8220;Johnny did a really good job,and#8221; said Shaffer, who had six just-graduated Truckee players on his Silver squad. and#8220;He showed flashes at practice, but nothing like tonight.and#8221;
Pollack, as per his custom, said he was happy to contribute to the win and admitted it was nice to end his high school career on a winning note. He also gave kudos to the offensive line.
and#8220;I was pretty quiet (at practice),and#8221; Pollack said. and#8220;I was learning. It all came together tonight.and#8221;
Six of the seven Truckee players who received an invitation participated, while North Tahoe’s Parker Laughlin also was selected and played on the Silver team. The Truckee players included Jordan Deiro, Vince Shaffer, Luis Aguilar, Orlando Serna, Tanner Keese and Jackson Weed. Ryan Zusy also was invited, but he did not participate because he’s playing summer baseball with the Reno Aces Scout Team. Zusy plans to play baseball at College of the Siskiyous.
The first half on Friday night was a microcosm of the game. The Blue squad barely had the ball, and had just 15 yards of total offense. The defense couldn’t get off the field. The Silver was 5-for-9 on third down conversions and 1-for-1 on its only fourth down conversion attempt.
The Silver squad scored a touchdown, safety and field goal in the first 24 minutes, walking off the field at the half with an 11-0 lead.
Elko’s Joey Roberts set up the first score of the game for the Silver when he stripped Blue quarterback Beau Bickel of the ball and recovered it at the Blue 22.
Two straight penalties gave the Silver a first down at the Blue 12. Tyler Pine of Reed completed a pass in the left flat to Pollack down to the 5. Pine scored on a keeper on the next playfor a 6-0 lead with 1:07 left. Nikolai Vasquez’s PAT was blocked.
The Silver stars threatened to score on their next possession, driving from their own 31 to the Blue 1. Josh Peacock intercepted a Dylan Bloyed pass after Garrett Shutt shook it loose from the Silver receiver.
and#8220;I thought I was in the end zone when I caught it (the ball),and#8221; Peacock said. and#8220;Garrett deflected it and I grabbed it.and#8221;
On the next play, there was a problem with the exchnge and Blue quarterback Bryce Baker fumbled into the endzone. A Blue lineman fell on the ball for a safety to make it 8-0 with 5:50 left in the half.
The Silver got right back on the board after the free kick driving down to the Blue 14 thanks to the passing of Pine, who completed 4-for-5 for 33 yards on the drive. Vasquez made it 11-0 with 18 seconds left in the half with his 31-yard field goal.
and#8220;The early turnover and safety, that helped us out,and#8221; Shaffer said.
Pollack scored an insurance touchdown in the third quarter when he scored on a 24-yard run. Vasquez’s kick made it 18-0. Pollack also had a 36-yard run on the drive which gave the Silver a first down at the Blue’s 30-yard line.
Vasquez added a 32-yard field goal to complete the scoring.
and#8220;The one thing we talked about is not allowing big plays defensively or on special teams,and#8221; Shaffer said. and#8220;We did a good job in those areas. And, we had no turnovers.and#8221;
and#8212; Sylas Wright contributed to this story.
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