Truckee football limps to easy victory; North Tahoe wins by forfeit
A banged-up Truckee High football team defeated host Lowry 34-10 in its Northern 3A opener Friday night.
The Wolverines (1-0 league, 2-2 overall) led 20-0 at the half and added 14 points in the third quarter before the Buckaroos (1-1, 2-2) finally got on the board with 10 points in the fourth.
Truckee amassed 424 yards rushing to Lowry’s 110, and scored all five touchdowns by way of its ground attack.
Junior wingback Vince Shaffer scored two rushing touchdowns and finished with 81 yards on six carries, while senior Robert Raber led the Wolverines with 120 yards rushing and one touchdown on 11 carries. Jordan Deiro and quarterback Justin Vosburgh also scored rushing touchdowns.
Vosburgh, who injured the thumb on his throwing hand when he hit it on a helmet during the second quarter, finished 3 of 14 for 56 yards. Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer said he was unaware that his quarterback was injured at the time.
Vosburgh is scheduled to have the thumb looked at early this week to determine whether he has a fracture, Shaffer said. If he is unable to play, the Wolverines will be scrapping to find a replacement before squaring off against rival Fernley on Saturday.
“If worst came to worst we’d bring up Ben Bolton from JV,” Shaffer said, explaining that Truckee is already thin on skilled positions, with both Ryan Roberts, a wingback, and Luis Aguilar, a halfback, out with shoulder injuries sustained at Colfax on Sept. 26.
Both players will have MRIs early this week, and Shaffer does not expect either to play against Fernley. Vince Shaffer has experience at quarterback, but without Roberts and Aguilar, the coach does not want to further deplete his running game.
“We have a rag-tag team of guys because of injuries,” he said. “We’re just trying to bandage as many places as we can and not let the dam burst.”
So far most of the bandaging has been done to fix an offensive line struggling to stay healthy.
Shaffer has plugged in players at different positions game by game as his linemen have been struck with a plethora of injuries.
“But, everybody goes through injuries,” Shaffer said. “We’re going to shake things up and see what happens against Fernley. It’s a huge game for us.”
Fernley, which defeated Truckee in its playoff opener last year, is 2-0 in league ” with wins against Spring Creek and Yerington ” and 2-3 overall.
The North Tahoe football team won Saturday’s scheduled home game against Silver Stage by forfeit.
Lakers head coach Scott Everist said he received a call Friday around 2:30 p.m. with the word. Apparently Silver Stage did not have enough players to field a team because of injuries and sickness.
North Tahoe is now 2-2 in Northern 2A league play and 2-3 overall.