Truckee football | Wolverines allow 19 points, still win big at Fernley
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The famous movie line could have been used for either the vaunted Truckee defense or the home team, the Fernley Vaqueros.
Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Vaqueros that this Truckee team was difficult to score upon. The Vaqueros marched at will on their first three possessions Friday night, putting 19 points on the board in the first quarter. No team had hung 19 points on a Truckee team in an entire game dating back to November of 2008, let alone in one quarter.
After being forced to punt on their opening possession, the Wolverines were stunned by the quick feet of Fernley quarterback Kenny Bradley, as he had a runs of 18 yards and 22 yards, on a broken play, for the initial touchdown. The Vaqueros marched down the field on nine plays, and jumped on top, 6-0, with just minutes off the clock, electrifying the home crowd. The PAT was blocked.
The Wolverine offense appeared to be heading for another three-and-punt when quarterback Pat Shaffer, firing from his end zone, hit Braden Waters at the 25, and Waters did the rest, scampering the remaining 75 yards for a 98-yard touchdown. Austin Ferreira’s PAT made it 7-6 with 6:39 remaining in the first.
On Fernley’s next possession, on the sixth play of the drive, Bradley handed off to senior Jeremy Ruiz, and he found a nice hole up the middle and dashed 54 yards for the score. The PAT made it 13-7 in favor of the Vaqueros, with 4:42 still showing on the clock in the first quarter.
Again, the Wolverines answered quickly. After a four-yard loss on a completed screen pass, Shaffer hit a streaking Jake Pettit down the left side of the field. He shook off the would-be tackler and cruised for the easy 74-yard score. Ferreira’s PAT made it 14-13, Truckee.
But Fernley once again answered back, driving down the field and scoring on a 20-yard TD pass with nine seconds still on the clock in the first quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was nearly picked off by Cole Roberts, and Fernley had regained the lead, 19-14.
That was the last time the Vaqueros would see the end zone, as the Wolverines erupted for 42 unanswered points, and finally shut down the balanced attack of the Vaqueros.
The Wolverines’ next drive included a couple of big catches by Waters, 42 yards and a juggling 14-yard reception at the 1-yard line. Roberts capped the drive with a 1-yard plunge over the left side. The PAT missed wide to the left as Truckee took a 20-19 lead.
After finally forcing the Vaqueros to punt, it took the Wolverines just three plays for their 75-yard scoring drive and#8211; a 15-yard pass interference call, a 17-yard strike to Waters and a 43-yard rumble by Roberts up the right side. Ferreria’s PAT made it 27-19.
The highly touted Truckee defense forced a three-and-out, including a sack of Bradley, and the Wolverines were on the move again. This time, Trevor Auldridge was the benefactor of a 16-yard scoring strike from Shaffer. The PAT extended the lead to 34-19.
Things went from bad to worse for the Vaqueros. On their very first play from the 20, Bradley was intercepted by lineman Max Collinson. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Roberts went up and over, NFL style, for the score. The two-point conversion by Roberts was good, and Truckee led 42-19 with 33 seconds left in the first half.
The Vaqueros took the opening kickoff of the second half and started from their own 18-yard line. They appeared to be driving, when Roberts stripped Bradley of the ball near midfield and fell on the loose ball. The now hot Truckee offense retook the field.
A couple of big pass plays to Waters and Auldridge gave the Wolverines a first-and-goal at the 9. Two plays later, Jake Pettit took it in from four yards out through a huge whole on the left side. Ferreira added the PAT, and the score was 49-19 with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Four plays into Fernley’s next drive, Bradley’s pass was tipped high in the air by Roberts and intercepted by Erik Holmer, giving Truckee the ball on the Fernley 45.
Two plays later, Roberts broke free for a 45-yard TD run, finishing off the scoring for the night. Ferreira’s PAT made the final score 56-19, with 4:30 still to play in the third.
Roberts had to be helped off the field after the play, and initial indications are that he may have injured his hamstring.
The win was the Wolverines’ 29th in a row, and the 156th of Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer’s career, ranking him No. 4 all-time in Nevada high school history, according to the NIAA website. He moves ahead of Evan Wilson, who coached at Virgin Valley, Boulder City and then back at Virgin Valley from 1969-1990.
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