Truckee football | Wolverines rout Wooster
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Someone was going to have to pay for Truckee losing its 41-game win streak.
A week after losing their NIAA record-tying streak – a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Fernley – the Wolverines bounced back into the win column with a crisp performance in a 56-0 thumping of the visiting Colts on Saturday.
“We challenged them to respond after they got knocked down,” said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer.
The coach had no complaints with his team’s response.
Six different Wolverines scored touchdowns – Jake Pettit and Austin Vance had two apiece – while four of those TDs went for 20 yards or more as the hosts cruised out to a 35-0 lead by the half.
Truckee (6-1) committed only three penalties in the game, which allowed for an efficient offense that produced 449 total yards, with plenty of big plays.
The Wolverines finished with 256 yards rushing and 193 passing, as senior quarterback Erik Holmer was 6-of-8 for 130 yards, with two passing touchdowns and one rushing, and junior backup Louden Smith was 4-of-7 for 63 yards, with one TD.
“That was a little cleaner win,” Shaffer said.
The game started off with promise for the Colts. On the first play from scrimmage, Wooster quarterback Josh Carnemolla hit Jaymes Spang with a quick pass, and Spang immediately pitched the ball back to BJ Endrina, who bolted up the Wooster sideline for a 56-yard gain.
Four plays later, however, the Colts turned the ball over on downs at the Truckee 26-yard line. It was as close as they would get to the end zone, as Truckee forced Wooster into five turnovers on downs, five punts and two lost fumbles in the game.
The Wolverines didn’t waste time lighting up the scoreboard. On their third play from scrimmage, Holmer delivered a deep ball over the middle to Smith, who was off the races en route to a 69-yard touchdown. Smith kicked through one of his eight PATs of the day for an early 7-0 lead.
Four plays into Truckee’s next possession, Holmer delivered another nicely thrown ball over the middle, this time to a wide open Jake Pettit for a 38-yard touchdown, and 14-0 first-quarter lead.
Holmer used his feet to score Truckee’s next touchdown early in the second quarter. The senior quarterback rumbled 20 yards, lowering his shoulder to bowl through a would-be tackle before stretching to the goal line.
On the Wolverines’ next possession, however, Holmer injured his left shoulder reaching for a high snap out of the shotgun and left the game. He also fumbled the ball to Wooster on the play, but the Colts repaid the favor shortly after when Kenny Davis fumbled it back to the Wolverines.
Three plays later, Vance shook off an ankle tackle in the backfield and broke away for a 45-yard touchdown run. Truckee forced a Wooster three-and-out before adding a fifth touchdown of the first half.
With Holmer out, Smith got in on the scoring fun with a 20-yard touchdown strike to Zak Pettit in the end zone. Smith kicked through his own extra point, and Truckee led 35-0 entering the half.
The Colts used some more trickery to open the third quarter, again with success, when they recovered an onside kick. But the momentum quickly deflated, as JJ Harloff fumbled the exchange on an end around on the next play.
Truckee capitalized. After a 15-yard pass completion to Sam Mohun, Jake Pettit rumbled up the gut for a 7-yard TD.
Three plays into Truckee’s next drive, Javier Virrey broke into the open field for a 51-yard gain to the 6-inch line. Tyler Griffin punched it into the end zone a play later, and Smith’s PAT adjusted the score to 49-0 with 9 minutes still left in the third quarter.
The Wolverines added a final touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Vance capped a 56-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run.
“It feels good,” Holmer said of getting back in the win column. “It’s nice to finally get the last game behind us and focus on the challenges ahead of us.”
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