Truckee football | Wolverines look to score after half, preserve shutout streak against Fernley
As a coach, you can’t harp on your players too badly after they just earned a 41-0 win to increase their point differential to 167-0 in four games andamp;#8212; right?Bob Shaffer, head coach of the 4-0 Wolverines, chuckled at the question.andamp;#8220;Well, it’s frustrating to them also, because they’ve heard and read about it for three, going on four, weeks now,andamp;#8221; Shaffer said, referring to the Wolverines’ lack of execution in second halves this year andamp;#8212; particularly third quarters, when they’ve been held scoreless. andamp;#8220;So hopefully that will get the point across, and we’ll come out this week against Fernley and get some points in the second half, especially the third quarter. Now that it has become a point of emphasis, maybe they’re trying too hard. I don’t know. andamp;#8220;But we do need to be able to come out after halftime and put points on the board, because there are going to be games when we obviously need to do that.andamp;#8221;They haven’t needed to so far, as the Wolverines have built insurmountable leads by halftime in each of their first four games andamp;#8212; similarly to last season, when Truckee outscored opponents 552-60 en route to a perfect 12-0 season.And while the offense led by quarterback Ben Bolton has displayed moments of brilliance in 2010, it’s the defense that has been most impressive. Now that the Truckee defense has held Dayton, Elko, Sparks and Spring Creek to a collective goose egg on the scoreboard, Shaffer said the players have made it a goal to maintain the streak. andamp;#8220;I don’t think it was (a goal) at the beginning of the year, and it’s not the end of our season if that were to happen,andamp;#8221; Shaffer said about preserving the season shutout. andamp;#8220;However, our guys have really bought into not letting that happen, or at least not on their watch. And that has highly motivated our second- and third-team guys to work just as hard at practice as the first-team guys, just knowing that they may be in the game in the second half with their backs to the wall trying to keep that zero up on the board.andamp;#8221;Truckee’s opponent on Saturday, league rival Fernley, is 3-2 on the year coming off consecutive wins. The Vaqueros have scored 52 points, 6, 13, 16 and 22 in their five games, and Shaffer said they’re a team on the rise after most recently beating Wooster, 22-10, and Spring Creek, 16-7. andamp;#8220;They lost a lot of seniors (from last year), but we’ve seen them play in the last couple games, and they seem to be playing at a much better skill level than at the beginning of the season,andamp;#8221; Shaffer said.About his own team: andamp;#8220;We’re a work in progress.andamp;#8221;
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