Truckee football | Wolverines jump out to big lead, cruise at Elko
Elko Daily Free Press
ELKO, Nev. – Different names on the roster, but the school written on the front of each jersey remains the same.
The Truckee Wolverines walked out of Warrior Field on Friday night after knocking off Elko 27-6 in a Northern 3A showdown of the teams that placed first and second in the league last year.
“I thought our defense played better, but offensively we couldn’t do anything,” Indians coach Luke Sellers said. “They did to us what they did to us last year – they knocked the snot out of us. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board. It’s the second game.”
The Indians (1-1) are 9-4 since the 2010 season, but three of those losses have come against Truckee.
The Wolverines (2-0) came out and punched the Tribe in the mouth in the first quarter. They jumped out to a 20-0 lead behind three touchdowns on their first three possessions.
The Indians went three-and-out on their first two drives.
Truckee’s first drive was brief with quarterback Patrick Shaffer connecting with Tyler Curtis on a short screen pass. Curtis turned up field and went 43 yards for the score.
The Wolverines’ second possession lasted a little longer, but the end result was the same. Jake Pettit took the honors with a 20-yard run to paydirt.
Truckee’s third series was also just one play as Shaffer went to Cole Roberts for a 65-yard scoring strike.
“We shuffled some guys in and out quicker,” Sellers said of his defensive adjustments after a rough start. “For the most part our defense played well. We gave up two big plays on screen passes for touchdowns. We have to do a better job tackling.”
After a handful of changes on defense, Elko came up with a three straight stops in the second quarter – one of which was a interception by Matt Rigby to set up the Tribe’s first score.
On third-and-8 from the Truckee 3, Shaffer dropped back into his end zone before going deep. Rigby picked it off at the around 30 and returned it to the 5 to set up Francisco Lievanos 1-yard push into the end zone.
The scoring, however, came to an abrupt halt for the next couple of quarters.
The Tribe’s defense forced four punts and picked off Shaffer three times. In addition to Rigby’s interception, Elko’s Cody Kerns and Hernan Garcia also came up with Shaffer passes.
Late in the fourth, the Wolverines sealed the deal as they caught the Tribe off guard. With only nine Elko defenders on the field, Roberts took a handoff for a 61-yard score.
For the Indians, the offense tallied just six first downs. Francisco Lievanos, who ran for more than 200 yards last week against Fernley, had just 75 Friday. Dalton Ridgway was 6-for-11 for 41 yards. David Jackson caught three of those passes for 22 yards.
“We have two ways to go – get better or go the other way,” Sellers said.
Roberts led the Truckee offense with 96 rushing yards on 10 carries. Shaffer was 9 of 19 for 156 yards, two scores and three interceptions.
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