Truckee football: Wolverines rally late, come up short at Elko
Truckee 21, Elko 30
Truckee 0 7 0 14 — 21
Elko 7 7 10 6 — 30
RUSHING — Truckee, 22-45: Harrity 7-34; Schmidig 1-15; McCarron 5-13; Retzlaff 3-6; Bokinskie 2-1; Jepsen 1-0; Davis 3-(-24). Elko, 48-186: Puentes 21-111; Pengelly 19-43; Smiley 4-19; Basaraba 1-4; Baum 1-3; Vera 1-3; Bejarano 1-3.
PASSING — Truckee: Davis 9-18-122-1-1; Bokinskie 1-1-15-0-0. Elko: Puentes 6-14-85-1-0.
RECEIVING — Truckee: Commendatore 2-61: Bokinskie 2-21; Wingard 1-17; Schmidig 1-15; Englert 1-15; Harrity 2-8; Jepsen 1-0.
Other Northern Division I-A scores
Fernley 40, Sparks 7
Fallon 52, Dayton 0
Spring Creek 47, Wooster 29
South Tahoe 27, Lowry 0
The Truckee football team fought back from an early deficit with a fourth-quarter rally at Elko on Friday. But after scoring two unanswered touchdowns to pull to within three points, the Wolverines gave up a 90-yard kickoff return that sealed a 30-21 win for the Indians.
Truckee is now 2-2 in Northern Division I-A play as Elko improved to 3-1.
The Indians, who led 7-0 after one quarter and 14-7 at the half, took their biggest lead of the game at 24-7 after a 23-yard touchdown run by Jake Pengelly late in the third quarter.
The Wolverines answered with their consecutive touchdowns, which trimmed the lead to 24-21 with 7:34 remaining in the contest.
The first TD came on a 7-yard pass play from quarterback Tyler Davis to Sean Bokinskie that ended a 40-yard drive. On Elko’s next possession, junior cornerback Jack Englert undercut a seam route and returned the interception 30 yards to the end zone.
The large home crowd was not silenced for long, however, as junior Kyrin Allen received the ensuing kickoff at the 10-yard line and returned it to the house. The conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at the final, nine-point margin.
With more than a half-quarter to play, Truckee had a chance to cut into the lead again, but the Indians forced a punt and ran out the clock to escape with the victory.
The Wolverines gained only 182 yards of total offense — 45 rushing and 137 passing. Cole Harrity led the ground game with 34 yards on seven rushes and also scored Truckee’s only touchdown of the first half on a 15-yard run in the second quarter. Davis completed nine of his 18 pass attempts for 122 yards, with one touchdown and an interception.
The Indians gained 271 yards in total, with eight different running backs combining for 186 yards. Quarterback Alex Puentes rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 21 carries and was 6-of-14 for 85 yards passing, with no touchdowns and the one interception.
Next up for the Wolverines is a league game at Sparks on Friday, Oct. 2.
— Elko Daily Free Press Sports Editor Anthony Mori contributed information for this story.