Truckee football maintains perfect record
The Truckee High School varsity football team kept its record perfect after a 55-21 win over Sparks High School at Sparks on Oct. 10.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied at 7 after a 1-yard touchdown run by Hackley and a 77-yard Sparks touchdown pass.
In the second quarter, Sparks struck first with an 8-yard touchdown pass, but their 2-point conversion was no good.
Nick Smith was quick to answer back with a 25-yard touchdown run. A Murphy extra point put the Wolverines up by one.
Jamie Maehler gave the Wolverines a more commanding lead after receiving a 33-yard Tierney pass for the touchdown.
The Truckee lead would be short-lived, as Sparks scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and completed a pass on their 2-point conversion to tie the game at 21.
In the remaining minutes of the first half, Hackley scored again on a 1-yard run. Murphy’s extra-point attempt was no good, and the Wolverines went into half-time up 27-21.
“It was a shaky first half, but that seems to be a common thing happening lately,” said head coach Bob Shaffer.
The third quarter was all Wolverine offense. Nick Cabral was the first to score on an 11-yard touchdown run. Murphy’s extra-point was good.
Hackley picked up his third touchdown of the game on a 37-yard run, Murphy’s extra point was good. Maehler was the next Wolverine to score on a 62-yard pass from Tierney. Murphy’s extra-point was good.
Smith got the final score of the game on a 39-yard touchdown run. Murphy’s extra point was good to give the Wolverines a 55-21 victory.
“Big things came from the defense in the second half. They did a better job shutting down the offense and getting back the ball,” Shaffer said.
The Truckee defense forced Sparks to punt three times in the third quarter. All three punts led to Truckee points.
The Wolverines face Spring Creek on Saturday in a game Shaffer said has, “huge playoff implications.”
The winner of Saturday’s game gets home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Juniors Tierney and Maehler were the real story of the game. Tierney threw 14 complete passes for 333 yards and a new school record for the most total yards passing in a game. Maehler caught nine passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Maehler set a school and a NIAA record for the most yards receiving in a single game.
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