Truckee football | Wolverines cruise vs. Spring Creek, extend win streak to 28
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Step aside, De La Salle. California has a new active win streak leader.
The Truckee football team extended its win streak to 28 games, dating back to the 2008 state championship, with a 40-3 rout against visiting Spring Creek on Saturday.
Entering the weekend, Truckee’s streak ranked second in the state to perennial national power De La Salle of Concord, which lost to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) on Friday to end its 28-game run without a loss. Truckee’s current streak is now the 15th-best in the nation.
Win 28 came in similar fashion to most of the others and#8212; with Truckee (4-0) dominating on both sides of the ball. The Spartans (3-1), meanwhile, did not help their own cause, as they committed five turnovers in the first two quarters to dig themselves a 40-0 deficit at the half.
and#8220;Obviously you can’t turn the ball over five times in the first half and expect to beat a team like Truckee,and#8221; said Spring Creek head coach Joel Jund. and#8220;Truckee is a great team, we knew that. But we helped them out. Hat’s off to them; they deserve credit. But when you turn the ball over five times, you’re not even going to beat a Pop Warner team.and#8221;
After forcing a three-and-out on Truckee’s first possession, the Spartans’ Ryan Hoyos fumbled the ball to Truckee near midfield on Spring Creek’s fifth play from scrimmage. The Wolverines proceeded to drive to the Spring Creek 24-yard line before stalling, which set up a 41-yard field goal by Austin Ferreira.
Steeler Adams then gave the ball back to Truckee almost immediately when he mishandled the kickoff and Graham Christian recovered at the Spring Creek 9-yard line. But again the Spartans held the Wolverines out of the end zone, forcing them to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Ferreira.
Truckee returned the favor on its next possession when quarterback Pat Shaffer couldn’t handle the snap, and Nick Cdebaca quickly slipped under the line and pulled it in.
But on the very next play, Spartans quarterback Travis Spring threw one of his two interceptions on the day as Christian stepped in front of the receiver and returned it 20 yards for an easy score.
After Ferreira’s kickoff for a touchback, the Spartans shot themselves in the foot once again and#8212; and again on the very next play. This time it was Hoyos losing his second fumble, which Zak Pettit jumped on to set up Truckee’s second TD four plays later, when Shaffer connected with Trevor Auldridge in the corner of the end zone from 8 yards out.
and#8220;I feel like our defense forced a couple three-and-outs and turnovers, and that pumped us up,and#8221; said Auldridge, who finished with a game-high 103 yards receiving on five catches, with one interception.
Senior linebacker/fullback Cole Roberts then got in on the scoring action. After a Spring Creek three-and-out, Roberts took the handoff and burst through the line between the tackles and into open space, rumbling 51 yards for the TD, and a 26-0 lead with 9:26 left in the second quarter.
A 52-yard Auldridge reception all the way to the 1-yard line set up another Truckee touchdown on its next possession and#8212; a run by Tyler Curtis and#8212; while Auldridge intercepted a pass over his shoulder five plays later to set up Roberts for a 13-yard touchdown run. Ferreira kicked through the extra point, and the Wolverines led 40-0 with 2:01 left in the half.
and#8220;There are some little things we are still doing incorrectly that we need to clean up,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer. and#8220;Once we do that and our o-line continues to gain experience, people will have to reckon with Truckee the way they have the last few years.and#8221;
The Spartans got on the board midway through the fourth quarter, capping a 27-yard drive with a 40-yard, line drive field goal off the foot of Colby Patton. Truckee’s Kai Goodpaster got his fingers on the attempt, but it still had plenty of leg to clear the crossbar.
On the Wolverines’ final possession, the coaching staff wanted to see if it could get Brooks Hudson a touchdown in his last Truckee football game. The senior running back and linebacker is set to have season-ending surgery to reconstruct his anterior cruciate ligament. Hudson carried the ball four times on the drive, which started at the Truckee 28-yard line and ended with Hudson stretching for the goal line at the 3 as the buzzer sounded. He finished with 37 yards on six carries.
and#8220;We wanted to get him in the end zone,and#8221; Shaffer said. and#8220;If it weren’t for a couple penalties that backed us up, who knows? But I know Joel (Jund) well enough to not want to call a timeout and have him think we’re trying to run up the score. We wanted to do it the right way. Brooks has been a great player for us. We’re going to miss him.and#8221;
Hudson, who was a little choked up as he left the field, said he would have liked to end his Truckee career with a touchdown.
and#8220;So bad,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Just barely short.and#8221;
Still, departing Surprise Stadium celebrating a 40-3 win wasn’t a bad way to end high school career, he said.
and#8220;No, not bad at all,and#8221; said Hudson.
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