TRUCKEE FOOTBALL: Wolverines rout Railroaders 49-12 in regular-season finale
Truckee needed about 12 minutes to shake off the rust from its bye week.
From the second quarter on, it was all downhill for the Wolverines as they capped a flawless Northern 3A regular season with a 49-12 rout of host Sparks on Friday.
“I thought we started off a little lethargic,” said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer. “Part of that may have been because of the bye week, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. They (Truckee players) should have been hungry to come out and hit someone other than each other.
“I think we were a little out of sync.”
Still, Truckee (6-0 league, 7-2 overall) dominated in all facets after the Railroaders (3-3, 4-5) evened the score at 6-6 in the opening minute of the second quarter. By game’s end, the Wolverines had tallied 551 yards of total offense to Sparks’ 199.
Seven Truckee running backs, plus quarterback Justin Vosburgh, combined for 411 yards rushing, thanks in large part to an offensive line that shoved around its opposition to open gaping holes. The Wolverines averaged just over 11 yards per carry on 37 rushes, with five different players scoring ” Vosburgh and Uriel Malo each ran for two TDs.
“I think we wore down,” Sparks head coach Rob Kittrell said. “We played in the day, during the heat. Our tempo definitely slowed down in the second half. We don’t have a lot of depth, but that’s not an excuse. Somehow we have to overcome that. We have to be in better shape.”
While Truckee’s ground game ate up yardage nearly at will, Vosburgh completed an efficient 8 of 11 passes for 140 yards. He was picked off twice, however, both times by Prince Hall.
Hall also accounted for both Sparks TDs, the first on a 3-yard run that tied the score and another on a 68-yard option play midway through the fourth quarter that trimmed Truckee’s lead to 42-12. Hall finished with a team-high 92 yards on 12 carries.
Sparks quarterback Angel Guillen, starting his second game in place of Joe Puccinelli, completed 8 of his 15 passes for 76 yards while rushing for 27.
It wasn’t enough to keep Truckee’s offense off the field.
Once the Wolverines regained the lead at 13-6 ” on a 35-yard touchdown run by Ryan Macken ” the flood gates were open.
Robert Raber scored next on a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter, and Vosburgh kicked through a 36-yard field goal as the first-half buzzer sounded.
Vosburgh found the end zone next on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter, and Jordan Deiro followed with runs of 24, 3 and 39 yards ” the last of which was a touchdown ” on Truckee’s next possession. Deiro led the Wolverines with 98 yards on five carries.
Malo, who finished with 78 yards rushing in the fourth quarter, extended Truckee’s lead with touchdown runs of 13 and 35 yards, dancing in and out of traffic as blockers plowed the way.
With the regular season in the bag, Truckee is looking ahead to the postseason in hopes of bringing home a ninth Nevada State Championship.
“We’ve been saying all year that we want to take state,” said Truckee senior Ryan Roberts. “That’s what we’re all about, so I think we’ll be more focused next week, and the week after, and the week after that. I think we can go all the way.”
Next up is fourth-seeded Sparks, again, as No. 1-seeded Truckee hosts the first round of the Northern 3A playoffs on Nov. 8. Second-seeded Fernley will host third-seeded Spring Creek in the other Northern 3A playoff contest.
“This might have been a preparatory game for us, especially after a long layoff from that bye week,” Shaffer said. “But I know coach Kittrell will have (his team) prepared for us next week. They’ll be playing with nothing to lose. Hopefully we will play with everything to win.”
” The Sparks Daily Tribune contributed to this report.
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