Truckee football | Wolverines thump Wooster, 56-0
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; It was a simple case of bad timing for the Wooster Colts.
Tired of hearing about their season’s worth of miscues through the first five games, the Wolverines sharpened their play considerably while overwhelming the Colts with 56 first-half points en route to a 56-0 win on Saturday.
After a conservative second half handled by Truckee’s second string, the Wolverines completed their sixth straight shutout to start the season, running their point differential to 258-0.
and#8220;We focused a whole lot this week on not repeating our performance from last week,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer, referring to a 35-0 win against Fernley in which Truckee committed 22 penalties. and#8220;We wanted to clean up the mistakes and play with more passion, because they (Truckee players) were embarrassed by how they played in front of their home crowd last week.and#8221;
Not so on Saturday. The more polished and less penalty-prone Wolverines struck early and often, and with an assortment of playmakers.
By the end of the second quarter Mitch Nelson and Colin Christian had scored two touchdowns apiece, while senior quarterback Ben Bolton had thrown for 194 yards on 11-of-14 passing, with three touchdown tosses and one rushing TD. When Bolton was not picking apart the Wooster secondary, Truckee was gouging the Colts defense on the ground, amassing 235 yards on 18 carries through the first two quarters.
Truckee’s defense, meanwhile, held Wooster (2-5) to minus-2 yards rushing on 12 carries in the first half, and 24 yards total. The Colts did complete five passes for 50 yards, although quarterback Connor Nielsen was intercepted twice and#8211; once by Trent McMullen and again by Brooks Hudson.
and#8220;They’re a really good team,and#8221; said Wooster head coach Gray Levy. and#8220;They’ve done similar things to everyone this year, but I was still disappointed with the way we played. We didn’t execute the stuff we wanted to.and#8221;
Senior fullback/linebacker Morgan Nevin found the end zone first on a 33-yard touchdown run four plays into the game. After a successful onside kick recovered by Cory Ackerman, Bolton connected with a wide-open Nelson for a 38-yard touchdown strike along the Truckee sideline. Nelson kicked through the extra point, and the Wolverines had a 14-0 lead less than 2 1/2 minutes into the game.
But they were far from done. Following an interception by McMullen that ended the Colts’ first and most promising drive at the Truckee 25-yard line, the Wolverines drove the length of the field before Bolton hit McMullen for a 15-yard touchdown strike.
Truckee then forced a three-and-out and#8211; something they would do five times in the game and#8211; before Bolton bounced outside on a quarterback keeper and sprinted 42 yards untouched for the fourth touchdown of the quarter.
and#8220;In the first half the offense was driving the ball and executing plays,and#8221; Bolton said. and#8220;When I passed, I had so much time. The offensive line did great.and#8221;
The Wolverines kept the momentum rolling into the second quarter, as Nelson scored his second touchdown on an 8-yard run just three plays into Truckee’s next drive, and on the next possession, Bolton dumped off a short screen pass to Cole Roberts, who ran 35 yards into the end zone.
Again following a Wooster three-and-out, Christian took the handoff on the second play of Truckee’s drive and burst up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown run. Christian did the same thing from 25 yards out shortly after, giving Truckee a 56-0 lead with Austin Ferreira’s extra point. Ferreira and Nelson combined to finish a perfect 8-for-8 in PATs.
Truckee replaced its starters after the half as its second-string offense proceeded to gain another 123 yards on 18 rushes, pushing the Wolverines’ total to 358 rushing yards in the game. The backup defense also managed to hold the Colts off the scoreboard, giving Truckee seven straight shutouts dating back to last year’s state championship.
and#8220;Our defense has been unbelievable this year,and#8221; Bolton said. and#8220;Zero points halfway through the season is unbelievable. As an offense, we know that if we turn the ball over, the defense is there to back us up. That’s a good feeling to have, especially as a quarterback.and#8221;
The Colts are competing as an independent this year as they make the transition from the 4A to the 3A.
The Truckee junior varsity team also kept its undefeated record intact with a dominating 54-0 shutout.