Truckee football | Wolverines win 30th straight at Wooster
Special to the Sun
RENO, Nev. and#8211; Thirty!
Every next step is a step into uncharted territory.
The Truckee Wolverines secured a relatively easy victory at Wooster on Friday evening, 35-7, for their 30th consecutive win. The victory ties Bishop Manogue’s streak of 30, under head coach Joe Sellers from 2002-2004. Ironically, Truckee’s win No. 30 was played on Wooster’s and#8220;Joe Mac Sellersand#8221; field.
Should the Wolverines win next Saturday at home against Fallon, they would tie coach Evan Wilson’s streak of 31, while coaching at Virgin Valley from 1981-84, the third longest streak in Nevada high school history (for 11-man football).
Coach Bob Shaffer surpassed Coach Wilson’s 155 career wins last week at Fernley, and now has 157 career victories, which is fourth all time in the NIAA.
The Wolverines’ initial drive stalled, and they attempted a 45-yard field goal, which fell short.
Taking over on their 20-yard line, the Colts went three and out, and after the punt return, Truckee quarterback Pat Shaffer found one of his favorite targets of late, Jake Pettit, for a 58-yard touchdown pass at the 6:55 mark of the first quarter. Austin Ferreira added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Another three-and-out by Wooster quickly led to another Shaffer TD pass, this time an 8-yard completion to Erik Holmer for a 14-0 score with 2:50 still showing in the first quarter.
Wooster had been successful running the ball all season, but not against Truckee on its first two series. Operating out of the pistol (also used by the Nevada Wolf Pack), Wooster found success passing the ball, and quickly moved down field. The Colts managed to draw within a touchdown when QB Joshwa Carnemolla connected with James Spang for a 5-yard TD pass with 1:09 left in the first.
Like the previous week in Fernley, though, there would be no more scoring for the opposition after the first quarter.
Graham Christian got in on the scoring on an 18-yard run, stretching the Wolverine lead to 21-7 after Ferreira’s PAT at the 8:53 mark of the second quarter.
Another punt by Wooster, and Shaffer went back to the air, finding Braden Waters for a 53-yard TD pass with just 1:23 left until halftime. Ferreira connected again, making it 28-7, Truckee.
The Colts, however, would not go away, marching down the field and into the red zone before Trevor Auldridge intercepted Carnemolla in the end zone with just six seconds left in the first half.
The second half was typical Truckee football and#8211; run the ball, move the chains and the clock, and let’s get out of here.
The highlight was a 56-yard TD run by Christian, his second of the game, to put a stamp on the scoring at 35-7 early in the third quarter. Christian erupted for another long TD run, but it was called back on a holding penalty.
The Truckee JV also defeated Wooster, 42-18.
Lowry 13, Spring Creek 6
Elko 28, Dayton 14
Fallon, 17, Fernley 12
Sparks, 28, South Tahoe 21
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