Truckee football: Wolverines shut out Dust Devils at home
Dayton 0, Truckee 52
Dayton 0 0 0 0 — 0
Truckee 7 24 14 7 — 52
T — Jepsen 13-yard pass from Davis (Araiza kick) 6:47
T — Jepsen 17-yard pass from Davis (Araiza kick) 11:53
T — Harrity 53-yard pass from Davis (Araiza kick) 8:58
T — McCarron 1-yard run (Araiza kick) 4:40
T — Araiza 23-yard field goal 0:00
T — Harrity 85-yard kickoff return (Araiza kick) 11:47
T — Bokinskie 20-yard run (Araiza kick) 6:47
T — Bellon 13-yard run (Artaiza kick) 10:15
RUSHING — D, 29-67: Fletcher 7-84; Thompson 7-6; Sandborn 3-5; No. 5 8-(-11); Watson 4-(-17). T, 32-199: Bokinskie 3-35; McCarron 6-32; Felix 3-23; Acevedo 5-21; Williams 3-20; Bellon 2-19; Schmidig 2-19; Harrity 2-15; Bullion 1-8; Jepsen 1-6; Retzlaff 2-3; Swalander 1-1; Davis 1-(-3).
PASSING — D: Watson 2-5-22-1-0; Fletcher 2-5-7-1-0; No. 5 1-1-4-0-0; Wilhite 0-2-0-1-0. T: Davis 9-11-178-1-3.
RECEIVING — D: Wilhite 4-29; No. 5 1-4. T: Harrity 3-91; Jepsen 2-30; McCarron 1-26; Englert 1-14; Commendatore 1-9; Bokinskie 1-8.
Other Northern Division I-A scores
Wooster 27, Lowry 14
Fernley 29, Elko 24
Fallon 28, South Tahoe 6
*Yerington 23, Spring Creek 16
*Sparks 42, Pershing County 14
*Indicates nonleague game.
The Dayton football team will have to wait at least another week for its first points of the season.
The Wolverines became the fourth team in a row to shut out the struggling Dust Devils on Saturday. After a slow start, the hosts hit their stride with a 24-point second quarter on their way to a 52-0 win.
“Our defense rose to the occasion It’s nice to see that when your back is against the wall, you can still hold the opponent out of the end zone,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, referring to a couple of miscues in the first quarter that set up the Dust Devils with promising field position.
Despite Dayton’s strong start — which included an interception by Jason Sandborn on Truckee’s second play and 59-yard rush by Blake Fletcher — the visitors gained only 100 yards of total offense and were simply out-gunned by the Wolverines, who improved to 2-1 in the Division I-A after their second consecutive win.
Truckee rushed for 199 yards with 13 different players, including two JV call-ups, while junior quarterback Tyler Davis completed nine of his 11 attempts in the first half for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
“We’re very pleased with his leadership,” Ivens said of Davis, who bounced back from the early interception with a crisp performance (his only other incompletion hit his receiver in the hands). “He’s able to take a little bit of criticism from me at times and shake it off and go play through it, and I thought he did that well.”
Senior receiver Jordan Jepsen scored Truckee’s first two touchdowns on receptions of 13 and 17 yards, and junior Cole Harrity contributed a 53-yard touchdown reception and an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Harrity caught three passes for 91 yards as Truckee built a 31-0 lead by the half.
“Harrity is just a special athlete,” Ivens said. “He made some plays in the open field and made them miss. Same thing on his catch. He’s hard to tackle. If it’s a one-on-one tackle, the odds aren’t good for the defender.”
Junior running back Carson McCarron scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and junior All-League kicker Jose Araiza — who was a perfect 7-for-7 on PATs — kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.
Following Harrity’s 85-yard kickoff return to begin the third quarter, senior Sean Bokinskie scored on a 20-yard run to adjust the score to 45-0. Senior fullback and linebacker JJ Bellon capped the scoring with a 13-yard run with 10:15 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Bellon also had two interceptions and seven tackles and was named Truckee’s Defensive Player of the Game. Davis was Truckee’s Offensive Player of the Game despite not attempting a pass in the second half.
Dayton, which has been outscored 206-0 in four games, combined its JV squad with varsity due to low numbers on both teams.
While the Dust Devils moved the ball into Truckee territory a couple of times in the first half, and held the hosts to seven points in the opening quarter, they were forced to use four different quarterbacks as injuries began to mount. Truckee knocked starting QB Tayton Watson out of the game in the first quarter, as well as backup Blake Fletcher in the second quarter.
“Once we heard that they combined their JV team with varsity this week, I told the guys that they are probably going to come out fired up. Sometimes getting some new faces on the team brings energy to a struggling team. And hats off to them,” Ivens said. “I thought they came in and — although we made some mistakes — I thought they forced things too and were playing hard at the beginning of the game.”
Bokinskie led Truckee’s well-balanced ground game with 35 yards on three carries. Tony Felix recorded two sacks to go along with his six tackles, while Wulfe Retzlaff had eight tackles, Orlander Simms had seven tackles and Erik Swalander had one sack. Fletcher led Dayton with 84 yards on seven rushes.
Truckee will look to run its win streak to three with a league game this Friday at Elko, which is coming off its first defeat, 29-24, at Fernley.