Truckee football experiences week of all around victories
The Truckee High School varsity football team continued its winning streak against the Durham High School Trojans on Saturday at Surprise Stadium 43-0.
The game started out with the Trojans starting off on their own 20-yard line after senior J.R. Murphy’s kick bounced out of the end zone.
Durham’s first offensive series was uneventful until the Wolverines handed them 15 yards and a first down by gaining a personal foul. The Trojans struggled to advance the ball against the tough Wolverine defense lead by senior Bruce Knez and juniors Tom Hill, Daniel Ballou and Jimmy Williams. The Trojans were forced to punt to senior Nick Smith, who took the ball 30 yards to the Durham 41-yard line.
The Truckee offense quickly established a ground attack with senior Mike Hackley running for a 5-yard gain, then taking the ball for the first down out to the 28-yard line. After a quarterback sneak by junior Paul Tierney, Hackley ran for another first down to the 15-yard line. First down quickly lead to fourth-and-five and Truckee settled for a Murphy field goal to put the Wolverines up 3-0.
Murphy’s kick off again found its way out of the end zone to put Durham at the 20-yard line.
Durham’s offense made a three-play appearance on the field and then elected to punt.
Smith returned the punt 56 yards for a touchdown, but Murphy’s point after attempt was no good and the Wolverines’ lead increased to nine.
Durham managed to get a decent return off the kickoff and its offense took over at the 27-yard line.
Knez made sure the Trojan’s offense would stay on the field just long enough to punt when he had several big hits and a quarterback sack during Truckee’s defensive stance.
A weak punt left Truckee with good field position on the Durham 45-yard line.
On first down Hackley ran the ball for five yards. After an incomplete pass on second down, Smith made things happen on the ground to get the first down. The next play Hackley ran up the middle for a 31 yards and a touchdown. Murphy added an extra point and the Wolverines pulled further ahead 16-0.
After another touchback the Trojans started out on the 20-yard line. The Trojan’s possession started off with an incomplete pass and a procedure penalty to suit. Durham soon found themselves facing a second-and-21 situation after Williams stopped a completed screen pass for a loss of six yards. The Trojans managed to make it back to the line of scrimmage in enough time to punt the ball away.
Truckee’s offensive possession started out with a few short runs and a nearly intercepted pass. But on third-and-four Tierney threw a screen pass complete to Hackley under pressure and Hackley ran it in for a touchdown. Murphy’s extra point was no good, but the Wolverines then lead by 22 points.
The Trojan’s offense came out on the field for another three and out situation. Junior Benji Islas and the entire defensive line came up with big hits to force the Trojans into another punt situation.
After Durham let loose a 66-yard punt, the Wolverines started out on their own 23-yard line.
Senior Shane Wright started off the Wolverines offensive drive by catching a Tierney pass for a gain of 6 yards. On the next play Smith ran for a first down and picked up another 17 yards before he was brought down on the 49-yard line.
Tierney stepped up to complete a pass to junior Jamie Maehler for a 16-yard gain. The next play Tierney found junior Gordon Neelands on a 13-yard pass for the first down. After a short run, Tierney’s pass was intercepted and taken 30 yards out to the 50-yard line before Smith was able to bring the defender down.
Durham’s quarterback Jim McNulty broke free on the first play and took the ball 37 yards around the right end.
The Trojan offense struggled against the Wolverine defense. On third down Williiams and Knez broke through the line to sack the quarterback. On fourth-and-20 junior Nathan Wrenn sacked the quarterback as he dropped back for a pass.
The Wolverines took over on downs. On second down Neelands caught a pass and took it out to the 46-yard line for the first down. Tierney threw a few more complete passes until he found Wright for a 6-yard touchdown reception. Murphy’s kick was good to put the Wolverines out in front 29-0 at the half.
The second half started with Smith returning the kickoff for a touchdown, but three penalty flags draped across the field insured the play would be called back.
After a run of penalties Tierney ran 12 yards around the end to bring up fourth-and-one. The Wolverines gathered in punt formation, but Murphy threw to Neeland on a fake for a gain of 55 yards. Faced with another fourth down situation the Wolverines elected for a field goal on the 16-yard line. Murphy missed the kick and the Trojans took over on downs.
The Trojan’s offensive plans were again ruined by the Truckee defense. Junior Chris Miller and Islas managed to get another quarterback sack and the Trojans were forced to punt.
The Wolverine offensive began its attack on the Trojan’s 47-yard line with a 47-yard touchdown run by Smith. Murphy added the extra point to give the Wolverines a 36-point lead.
After another brutal attack by the Truckee defense, Durham’s Jim McNulty managed to complete a pass to Jordan Courtain for a 46-yard gain to bring the ball to the three-yard line.
Truckee put up a tough goal-line stand and finished it off with an interception by Murphy. Murphy brought the ball out to the 36-yard line.
For the first time in the game Truckee’s offense was unable to find the end zone and they were forced to punt. Murphy’s 41-yard punt made its way into the end zone although there were enough defenders to down the ball on the one-yard line.
Truckee’s defense forced the Trojans into another punt situation on fourth-and-six on the 10-yard line.
Williams broke through the line to block the punt and Wright picked up the ball to run it in for another Truckee score. With another extra point completed by Murphy, Truckee finished off the Trojans with a final score of 43-0.
“The defense showed up and played well,” said Head Coach Bob Shaffer. “It was the defense I’d been looking for all season.”
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