Truckee football: Turnovers doom Wolverines in loss to unbeaten Spring Creek
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SPRING CREEK, Nev. — The Spartans and Wolverines were involved in a shootout on Friday night but Spring Creek emerged victorious 63-34.
The game began with both offenses feeling each other out. The Spartans got on the board halfway through the first. Dakota Larson caught a touchdown pass from Jon Jund.
Truckee answered back quickly with a touchdown of its own. Noah Williams punched one in to tie the score at six with 5:57 left in the first quarter.
The first half continued with neither team able to take control of the game.
Another long pass to Larson and a short scramble by Jund put the Spartans up 20-7 with 9:45 to go in the second half.
Truckee closed the gap again with two more touchdown runs from Williams.
With the score tied 20-20 heading late into the second quarter, the Spartans drove down the field and punctuated the drive with a Jund scramble. The two-point conversion was successful and the Spartans were able to retake the lead, 28-20.
The Wolverines answered again as Carson McCarron ran one in for a short touchdown run with three seconds to go on the clock.
The Spartans defense responded on the next play, getting to the quarterback on the two-point to preserve their slim 28-26 lead heading into the locker room.
Spring Creek’s defense found itself in a little trouble as the second half kicked off. Dylan Kite left the game in the second quarter with an injury, allowing running room to the right side of the Spartans defensive line.
Defensive back and wide receiver Laine Keema suffered a leg injury and missed the entire second half. Matt Shanks also suffered an injury that left him sidelined for the remainder of the game.
Luckily for Spring Creek, the defense came up with four fumble recoveries in the second half to allow the Spartans to pull away.
The first fumble recovery on a Truckee running play gave the offensive unit a short field, setting up Jason Painter for a run up the middle for a touchdown.
Painter found the end zone again when he ran another Truckee fumble back for a touchdown to give the Spartans a two touchdown lead.
Truckee’s offense continue to struggle to hold onto the ball, fumbling the ensuing kicking off. The Spartans weren’t able to take advantage of the short field, as Jund threw his fourth interception of the year trying to find Larson in the corner of the end zone.
Despite being shorthanded, the Spartans stepped up again, forcing a turnover on downs.
Spring Creek rolled from there, blowing out Truckee in the fourth quarter to arrive at the 63-34 final.
Spring Creek forced five turnovers, all of them fumbles, to secure the win and take sole possession of first place in the 3A Northern League standings.
Cole Harrity and Wulfe Retlzaff fueled Truckee’s offense with 123 and 120 yards rushing, respectively. Jamie Parisi charted 140 all-purpose yards, rushing for 71 and compiling 69 on kickoff returns. McCarron added 58 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Retzlaff was a force for the Wolverines, racking up 23 tackles and a sack. Dominic Acevedo added 10 tackles, Tyler Davis had eight tackles and an interceptions and Quin Cottel posted seven tackles and three sacks.
Truckee is tied with South Tahoe and Elko for second place in the league at 6-1. The Wolverines will look to bounce back Saturday when it hosts Fernley (3-4). Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Surprise Stadium.
Hasani Grayson is a sports reporter for the Elko Daily Free Press. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sierra Sun’s Kaleb M. Roedel contributed to this report.