Truckee football: Wolverines thump Dayton 67-0 in playoff opener
TRUCKEE and#8212; Coach Bob Shaffer had never witnessed one of his Truckee teams score 41 points in a single quarter and#8212; until Saturday.
The top-seeded Wolverines (10-0) annihilated visiting Dayton (6-4) in their playoff opener, exploding for 41 first-quarter points en route to a 67-0 shutout over the North’s No. 4 seed.
The severity of the beating prompted officials to go to a running clock with 7:03 remaining in the second quarter, when Truckee senior Luis Aguilar picked off a pass and returned it 32 yards for a 53-0 lead.
By half, the lead had ballooned to 60-0.
and#8220;I think our kids just came out with focus,and#8221; Shaffer said. and#8220;We wanted to make sure we got this one and#8230; Now we’re 0-0 again, because all it takes is one loss and you’re out. So hopefully we have another good week of practice and get even better.and#8221;
The win sets up a Northern 3A semifinal at home Nov. 14 against third-seeded Boulder City out of the South, which beat second-seeded Virgin Valley, 10-7, in its opener to advance. Shaffer said the Truckee-Boulder City meeting will be the first this decade.
and#8220;I haven’t seen Boulder City since the and#8216;90s,and#8221; said Shaffer, whose teams typically face Southern foes Moapa Valley or Virgin Valley in the postseason. and#8220;So I have no idea (what to expect).
and#8220;But with them coming up, it will give us a much-needed different look. I think it will help our kids refocus again, and ratchet us right back to where we need to be.and#8221;
Truckee junior quarterback Ben Bolton delivered the ball on the money in Saturday’s rout, completing 9 of 10 passes for 108 yards and three touchdowns and#8211; all in the first half. His one incompletion should have been caught.
The Wolverines racked up 202 yards rushing on 22 carries in the contest, with senior Jordan Deiro leading the charge with 55 yards.
The Dust Devils didn’t put up much of a fight, as they gained just 20 yards on the ground on 27 rushes, while quarterbacks Kage Walker and Connor Conroy combined to finish 3 of 17 for 31 yards and four interceptions and#8211; two picks apiece. Kyle Onstott led Dayton rushers with 26 yards.
Deiro returned one of the interceptions 35 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter, while the senior also scored on a 15-yard pass from Bolton in the opening minutes, and on a 46-yard run to end the first half. He caught two Bolton passes for a game-high 45 yards.
Asked if the lopsided win was a result of the Wolverines playing well or the Dust Devils playing poorly, Bolton settled on both.
and#8220;I think it was kind of a combination of both,and#8221; he said. and#8220;We came out fired up. We didn’t take Dayton lightly, and as you can see, 67-0, it paid off.and#8221;
Senior Vince Shaffer initiated the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown reception on the seventh play of Truckee’s opening drive. After Deiro intercepted a pass from Walker on Dayton’s third play, the senior running back/defensive back hauled in a 15-yard dart from Bolton for Truckee’s second touchdown.
Walker then fumbled deep in Truckee territory, sending a bouncing ball into the Wolverine end zone, where senior lineman Marshall Lipke pounced on it for a 21-0 lead with 6:57 remaining in the opening quarter.
Dayton went three and out on its next possession. But on the punt attempt, a gang of oncoming Wolverines forced Conner Oliver into an awkward kick, which he booted directly into the chest of Ryan Zusy. The ball then took a friendly hop into Zusy’s hands, and the senior co-captain ran it in about 25 yards for another Truckee TD.
The rout was well underway.
The next TD came on an 8-yard strike from Bolton to junior receiver Tony Rodriguez, while Deiro extended the lead to 41-0 with his interception return to round out the first quarter.
Senior fullback/linebacker Jackson Weed found the end zone next, rumbling in for an 8-yard touchdown and 47-0 lead with 7:17 left in the second quarter.
On the Dust Devils’ first play of their next possession, Aguilar stepped in front of a Conroy pass and bolted 32 yards down the sideline to prompt the running clock.
After another Dayton three-and-out, Deiro took the handoff on Truckee’s first play and burst through a gaping hole for a 46-yard touchdown sprint and#8211; and 60-0 lead with still 3:49 in the half.
Coach Shaffer replaced Bolton with sophomore JV call-up Pat Shaffer, who handed off the remainder of the second half as Truckee tacked on one more touchdown. It came on Pat Shaffer’s first handoff to sophomore fullback Cole Roberts, who bulldozed his way into the end zone from 15 yards out.
At the Dayton 7-yard line with about 3 minutes remaining in the game, Pat Shaffer took three consecutive kneel-downs to intentionally turn the ball over on downs.
In other Northern 3A playoff action Saturday, second-seeded Fernley squeaked past third-seeded Lowry, 22-19, to set up a semifinal against two-time defending state champ Moapa Valley, which had a first-round bye.
Truckee will host Boulder City (7-4), the third seed out of the South, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m.