Truckee football: Vaqueros dash Wolverines’ playoff hopes
Truckee 14, Fernley 28
Truckee 14 0 0 0 — 14
Fernley 0 7 14 7 — 28
RUSHING — T, 33-154: Williams 6-61; McCarron 11-27; Bullion 1-21; Retzlaff 4-17; Jepsen 5-16; Parisi 1-10; Eichele 1-2; Acevedo 2-2; Davis 2-(-2). F, 53-317: Taylor 23-137; Throckmorton 9-106; Reyes 7-43; Ramirez 9-41; Sloan 5-(-10).
PASSING — T: Davis 9-19-88-2-0; F: Throckmorton 2-6-43-0-0.
RECEIVING — T: Englert 3-27; Schmidig 2-22; McCarron 2-17; Wingard 1-13; Bullion 1-9. F: Tracy 1-32; Jeakins 1-11.
Other league scores
Elko 54, South Tahoe 27
Fallon 38, Spring Creek 14
Wooster 33, Dayton 0
Sparks 44, Lowry 14
Northern Division I-A standings
Spring Creek 6-1
South Tahoe 3-4
The Truckee football team was eliminated from postseason contention with a 28-14 loss at Fernley on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Wolverines to 3-4 in the Northern Division I-A with two games remaining. Fallon (7-0), Spring Creek (6-1), Fernley (6-1) and Elko (5-2) have secured the league’s four playoff berths.
The Wolverines got off to a promising start on the Vaqueros’ homecoming. They jumped out to an early 14-0 lead with a 19-yard touchdown run by sophomore Noah Williams and a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown by junior Quinn Cottel in the first quarter.
Fernley settled in and scored 28 unanswered points, however.
The hosts cut the lead in half with a touchdown run by Matt Taylor in the second quarter and pulled to within a point, 14-13, on a 90-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kyle Throckmorton early in the third quarter. The Vaqueros took over the lead later in the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown rush by Taylor.
Fernley put the game out of reach when Eddie Sloan intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards to the end zone with 20 seconds remaining in the contest.
The Vaqueros rushed for 317 yards on 53 carries, with Taylor posting a game-high 137 yards on 23 carries. Thanks to his 90-yard run, Throckmorton finished with 106 yards on nine rushes.
Truckee, which has been hampered by injuries in recent weeks, gained 154 yards rushing on 33 carries, led by Williams’ 61 yards on six rushes. Junior linebacker Wulfe Retzlaff led the Wolverines defensively with 21 tackles, including 12 solo. Dominic Acevedo finished with 12 tackles, Connor Bullion had 10 and Orlander Simms six.
The Wolverines will travel to Wooster (2-5) for a league game this Friday at 7 p.m. and will end their season with a home game against South Tahoe (3-4) on Oct. 31 at 1:30 p.m.
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