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Truckee football | Wolverines drop home opener against Fallon

Steve Puterski
sputerski@lahontanvalleynews.com
Gabe Deiro braces for impact against Fallon.
Courtesy Charles Slusher |

Fallon 28, Truckee 6

Fallon 7 14 0 7 — 28

Truckee 0 6 0 0 — 6

First quarter

F — Tyler Bagby 29 pass from Joe Pyle (Williams kick), 7:10

Second quarter

F — Dylan Jabines 1 run (Williams kick), 11:48

F — Connor Richardson 5 pass from Pyle (Williams kick), 7:01

T — Tanner Sawyer 56 run (Araiza kick fail), 1:30

Fourth quarter

F — Richardson 13 pass from Pyle (Williams kick), 1:32

Individual statistics

Rushing — Truckee, 26-119: Sawyer 3-58, Retzlaff 7-31, Deiro 8-15, Bellon 4-11, Bokinskie 4-4.

Passing — Truckee: Bokinskie 9-16-0-2 66.

Receiving — Truckee: Sawyer 3-21, Tyler Davis 2-20, Deiro 2-17, Eli Delauney 1-6, Retzlaff 1-2.

Despite a strong effort, the Wolverines squandered too many opportunities against visiting Fallon to earn an upset victory Saturday.

The defending Northern Division I-A champs jumped out to a 21-0 first-half lead and held on for a 28-6 win in both teams league opener.

“Fallon is very athletic and deep,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens. “We wore down and we’re not used to that in our environment. We played with a lot of heart on defense. We had our chances to get into the game and couldn’t quite get over the hump.”

Fallon senior quarterback Joe Pyle tossed three touchdown passes as the Greenwave improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. Truckee, which won its opener against Yerington the previous week, fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in league.

After the slow start, Truckee managed to limit the Greenwave in the second half, allowing only one touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“I think we got a little complacent,” Fallon coach Brooke Hill said. “When we got up 21-0, we got a little sloppy … and let it get away. It’s early … and we got to improve in that fashion. In the middle part of the game was kind of blasé.”

Fallon came out hot scoring on its first three drives, but Truckee’s defense soon stiffened and held the Wave to one TD in the final two quarters.

Minus one breakdown, Fallon’s defense was stingy all day, forcing three Truckee turnovers on the day.

Fallon opened the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Pyle to Tyler Bagby, who played in his first game of the season. Fallon followed up with a 1-yard TD plunge from Dylan Jabines and 5-yard pass from Pyle to Connor Richardson for a 21-0 lead with 4:13 remaining in the first half.

Truckee, though, mounted its best drive of the game as junior quarterback Sean Bokinskie hit Tyler Davis on consecutive plays for gains of 14 and 5 yards. Two plays later, senior running back Tanner Sawyer took the handoff and busted up the gut for a 56-yard TD run to slice the lead to 21-6.

The second half was flag-filled as both teams stalled on several drives due to a rash of penalties. Both teams were penalized 80 yards, although Truckee was flagged 10 times to Fallon’s nine.

“We had times where we’d pop one and then we’d fumble,” Ivens said. “We were moving the ball, we had a great call and quarterback went for 12 yards on a draw … it was called back on a procedure penalty. We’re not designed at this point in the season to overcome that.”

Fallon left 14 points on the field as Pyle missed Jordan Schultz, who was wide open down the sideline in the second quarter. Pyle overthrew another receiver, who beat the defender in Truckee’s end zone.

Pyle, though ended the game on a high note as he connected with Richardson for a 13-yard TD pass to ice the game.

Bokinskie threw a pair of interceptions while completing 9 of his 16 passes for 66 yards. Sophomore running back Wulfe Retzlaff also fumbled, but he led the defense with 12 tackles, three for a loss, and a trio of sacks. The Wolverines sacked Pyle four times.

The Wolverines turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter, including once on downs.

On fourth-and-2 from their own 44-yard line, Retzlaff was stuffed for a 1-yard gain. After a three-and-out, Bokinskie was picked off by Riley Williams with 2:27 remaining, which led to Fallon’s final score.

Bokinskie’s second interception came off a tipped ball and found the hands of Fallon’s Trae Workman with 14 seconds left in the game.