Truckee football falls short at Colfax
It had all the makings of another classic Truckee-Colfax clash with the lead changing back and forth and the crowd starting to think that whichever team had the ball last would win.Then, with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter, Colfax defensive back Thomas Baldoni stepped in front of a Justin Vosburgh pass and returned the interception 48 yards for a touchdown, giving the host Falcons a 26-16 lead. The Wolverines never recovered, losing the nonleague game 33-22.Truckee (1-2) took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to the Colfax 25-yard line before the drive stalled, turning the ball over on downs.On the first Falcons play, Truckee senior Dylan Crosby sacked quarterback Spencer Lewis for a three-yard loss. Lewis was slow to get up and was clearly dazed. So dazed, in fact, that it led to a delay of game penalty. Now facing a second-and-18, the speedy Pat Rawlins scampered 17 yards to give Colfax a good chance to keep the drive alive. And alive they did, as Lewis later hit running back Cody Shafer on a post pattern for a 31-yard TD on a second-and-20 play with 3:43 to go in the first quarter.Truckee answered back with 10 straight points in the second quarter a 34-yard field goal by Luis Aguilar and a 47-yard TD pass from Vosburgh to Justin Deiro to take a 10-7 lead with 5:27 left in the half.Colfax answered less than a minute later, regaining the lead 14-10 on a 24-yard run by Rawlins.The Wolverines moved the ball to the Colfax 49 on the ensuing possession before punting on fourth-and-2.After the punt, Colfax quickly drove deep into Wolverine territory again, but Truckee defensive back Cory Sharp intercepted the ball on the 5-yard line, saving a potential Falcon score with less than 30 seconds to go in the half.The Wolverines held Colfax to a three-and-out to open the second half. Senior C.J. Ackerman returned the ensuing punt 65 yards, picking his way through defenders and following his downfield blocks, which had littered the field with green jerseys, for a Truckee TD. This ignited the large Truckee fan base that made the trip down to Colfax. The point-after attempt was blocked, leaving the score at 16-14, Truckee.Colfax then marched 63 yards to answer once again, but not before facing a fourth-and-inches at the 2-yard line. Rawlins gained a yard to give the Falcons a first-and-goal at the 1. On the next play, Truckee senior linebacker Ryan Macken stuffed Rawlins for a 1-yard loss, but on second-and-goal from the 2, Lewis hit running back Jeff Divine for the TD and Colfax regained the lead, 20-16, with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter. The Wolverines were once again on the move, and were facing a third-and-6 on their own 48-yard line when Baldoni picked off the aforementioned Vosburgh pass and returned it for another TD.On their next possession, the Wolverines drove 58 yards, with Vosburgh carrying the ball five straight times at one point, capping the drive with a 13-yard scamper for the TD. The PAT was blocked, and with 9:20 to go in the game, Colfax led 26-22.The Falcons started their next drive on their own 30-yard line following the kickoff. On second-and-11, Lewis hit Divine once again, who had found an opening behind the Truckee secondary for a 71-yard TD. The PAT was blocked as the scoreboard read 33-22, Colfax, with 8:28 remaining.Truckees next drive stalled at the Colfax 35-yard line when Vosburgh was hit from the blind side as he released the ball on fourth-and-12.
The Truckee JV team fared much better. While not allowing any points in their first two games, the Wolverines gave up two scores to the Falcons in a 42-14 win.Mitch Nelson scored four touchdowns for Truckee and was perfect on all seven extra points. Morgan Nevin, Colin Christian and Ben Bolton each added a TD for the Wolverines.In freshmen action, Cole Roberts scored two TDs for Truckee and Griffin Brown added an extra point en route to a 20-13 loss at Colfax.
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.