Truckee football steamrolls Dayton, sets up crucial game against Elko
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DAYTON, Nev. — After Friday’s 63-0 victory at Dayton, Truckee running back Cole Harrity said he was “sick of having a .500 record.”
“We got the targets on our backs again,” Harrity said. “I like it.”
After three years of mediocrity and missing the playoffs, Truckee (4-0, 4-0 3A Northern) has regained its championship form in 2016 with statement wins each week this season.
Friday was no different.
The Wolverines’ physical offense wore down Dayton (0-4, 0-4), while the Dust Devils’ passing attack — now four games into the team’s new spread offense scheme — struggled.
Dayton’s defense stalled Truckee’s offense in the first quarter, recovering two Wolverine fumbles inside the Dust Devil 20-yard line and stopping the Wolverines on downs on another possession near midfield.
But the Wolverines first found the end zone with about 7 minutes left in the first quarter when quarterback Jayden Commendatore connected on a 22-yard pass to Ian Schmidig.
After Truckee fumbled in Dayton territory, Dust Devil punter Tyler Chandler shanked a kick out of bounds at the team’s own 20-yard line. Truckee followed that with a three-play drive capped by a 9-yard rushing touchdown from senior Cole Harrity.
Truckee got the ball back midway through the second quarter on a Tyler Davis interception. After the turnover, the Wolverines scored 21 points in four minutes, which started with a Harrity 23-yard touchdown run.
On Dayton’s next possession, a botched snap soared over quarterback Dylan Torgerson’s head, and Schmidig — this time on defense — picked up the ball and fell in the endzone for a touchdown. Schmidig added another touchdown in the second half when he scored on a blocked punt.
Truckee scored again before halftime on a Harrity 5-yard touchdown run and went into the break up 35-0.
The Wolverines physical offense used Harrity in the red zone, but handed the ball off in motion on several plays to back Jamie Parisi. Parisi, the Truckee junior, slashed through the Dayton defense for 71 yards in the first half. Truckee, which ended the half with more than 160 rushing yards, racked up 314 yards on the ground at game’s end.
“That’s part of our philosophy,” Truckee head coach Josh Ivens said. “It’s the Wing T. We bring halfbacks across. He (Parisi) is a great athlete with great speed and we are just trying to get him out in space on the edge.”
Harrity — Truckee’s “go-to back,” Ivens said — added 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Wulfe Retzlaff had 56 rushing yards and Parisi and Dominic Acevedo each added a touchdown run. Parisi also hauled in an 8-yard touchdown reception.
Commendatore threw for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 5 of 11 passing.
Defensively, Retlzaff anchored the Wolverines’ shutout, compiling a game-high 13 tackles.
Dayton quarterback Dylan Torgerson, questionable to play this week after suffering a bruised tibia against Spring Creek, struggled the entire game. He completed 3-of-14 passes for 26 yards and generated less than 10 rushing yards.
Dayton has played two teams this year with an undefeated record heading into week five. The Dust Devils’ opponents this season have a combined record of 13-3.
That’s a tall task for a team with a 16-game losing streak dating back to 2014 trying to find its identity with a first-year head coach.
“We’ve had a rough schedule … I’m not saying the other teams are patsies, but we are playing playoff teams right off the bat,” Squires said. “So we are going to work at it and we are going to be just fine.”
Elko UP NEXT
After consecutive wins on the road, Truckee returns home Saturday for arguably its biggest test to date: a clash with undefeated Elko (4-0, 4-0).
The Indians, who are coming off of a 20-17 comeback win over Fernley, have rallied to victory in their last three games, winning by a three-point margin in each of their last two.
The Wolverines, meanwhile, have trailed only once this season — briefly in the first quarter during their 28-12 win over defending state champion Fallon — and have outscored their last two opponents by a staggering 104-0 margin.
Kickoff for Truckee’s league bout with Elko is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
The Sierra Sun’s Kaleb M. Roedel contributed to this story.