VIDEO: Truckee football starts fast, finishes strong in rout of Colts
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — In the second-ever night game at Surprise Stadium, the Truckee football team played lights out.
Fueled by a punishing defense and high-octane offense, the Wolverines pounced on the Wooster Colts and never let up, opening the season with a 39-7 Northern I-A win Friday night.
“Our defense stepped up tonight — a very physical ‘Truckee defense’ is what was the key to the win tonight,” Truckee coach Josh Ivens said.
Meanwhile on offense, the Wolverines wasted no time putting the Colts on their heels.
Truckee (1-0) needed just two plays to find the end zone on its opening drive. Cole Harrity broke loose for a 30-yard rush and — one snap later — Wulfe Retzlaff galloped in a 33-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the first quarter.
“We knew what they (Wooster) were going to line up in,” said Ivens, “and we executed those first two plays to perfection.”
The Wolverines finished with 288 rushing yards on just 25 carries. Harrity led the way, racking up a game-high 84 yards on seven attempts.
“The guys up front were communicating and getting their blocks and the running backs were breaking tackles,” Ivens said. “It was an awesome night for the backfield.”
Added Harrity: “We have some good backs that run hard and keep their feet pumping.”
‘GREAT TEAM CHEMISTRY’
With their running game humming, the Wolverines dipped into their pass attack on their ensuing drive, culminating in quarterback Jayden Commendatore firing a 14-yard bullet over three defenders to Retzlaff to give Truckee a 14-0 edge through one quarter.
The senior play caller threw for 109 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions on 10 of 13 passing.
“I thought Jayden did a good job of making things happen when stuff broke down and we were able to move the chains,” Ivens said.
Harrity helped swell Truckee’s halftime lead to 27-0 with back-to-back TDs in the second quarter. The senior running back punched in a 2-yard score and later snared a 25-yard touchdown pass from Commendatore with one minute left in the half.
“We had great team chemistry and great energy,” Harrity said. “Both sides of the ball; we tackled great, and we were just really physical.”
In the second half, Truckee’s lone touchdown came from Noah Williams, who shed a slew of tacklers on his way to a 37-yard scamper to the end zone late in the third quarter.
The Wolverines rounded out their scoring with a safety and a 39-yard field goal by Jose Araiza.
Truckee stymied Wooster (0-1) nearly all 48 minutes, but the Colts managed to find pay dirt with under a minute left.
Retzlaff and Orlander Simms anchored the defense with 13 tackles apiece.
The victory marked the Wolverines’ first home win under the lights.
Retzlaff said last year’s season-opening loss to Yerington in Truckee’s inaugural night game was still fresh in their minds Friday night.
“Last year really put a chip on our shoulder,” he said. “We put it in our mind that we were not going to lose under the lights gain. We were so motivated because these (home night games) only come around once a year.”
Truckee returns to Surprise Stadium on Saturday for an afternoon showdown with defending Division I-A state champion Fallon (1-0), which is coming off a 26-13 win over Fernley. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
“Certainly we’re not comfortable or resting at this point,” Ivens said following Friday’s win over Wooster. “We got Fallon, the defending state champs, coming to town. I got a ton of respect for (Fallon) coach (Brooke) Hill and the way that he conducts his team. We got our hands full.”
In last year’s clash, Truckee and Fallon were deadlocked at 14-14 at halftime before the Wolverines were shut out in the second stanza in a 28-14 loss on the road.