Truckee Junior Midgets dominate Snow Bowl
The top-seeded Truckee Junior Midgets of the Sagebrush Empire Pop Warner League capped their perfect season with a 38-8 rout of the No. 2-seeded Douglas Tigers to win the Snow Bowl at Bishop Manogue High School on Saturday.
Truckee had previously met Douglas in the fourth week of the season only to find themselves down at halftime, 16-12. Truckee eventually pulled out the win in that contest, but Douglas was by far the toughest opponent of the year.
“Douglas is a well-coached team and has a very tough group of young men that came out ready to beat us on Saturday, but our team was prepared and ready to play,” said Truckee head coach Steve Santens.
After Douglas’ first possession resulted in a turnover on downs, Truckee running back Carter “Hitman” Corso ran in a 40-yard touchdown on the Wolverines’ first play from scrimmage.
Douglas was not ready to give in. After a solid drive, a long completion got Douglas down to the Truckee 15-yard line. However, a subsequent holding penalty followed by a stuff in the backfield backed Douglas up to the 30-yard line. On the next play middle linebacker Drew Wingard intercepted the Douglas pass.
Kevin “The Beast” Malo began the Truckee drive with a rush of 39 yards. After a short run by Sean Kelly and a 30-yard run by Marcus Bellon, the Wolverines were attacking.
Quarterback Braedy Santens did a great job commanding the offense the entire game. Corso on one play was tied up in the backfield by a Douglas defender before he broke the tackle and found paydirt when Marcus “Truckum Down” Trotter cleared the outside with one of his signature blocks.
A great pooch kick by Bellon resulted in an onside recovery by the Wolverines. Truckee never looked back.
Sean “Fast Cat” Kelly was the next Wolverine to light up the scoreboard with a blistering 11-yard sweep to the outside. Kelly added his third two-point conversion of the night, and the Wolverines went into halftime with a 24-0 lead.
The Tigers came out ready to fight in the second half and scored a TD on a solid pass to the far corner of the end zone, adjusting thet score to 24-8.
Truckee quickly answered with another Kelly touchdown, this one going for 47 yards and a 30-8 lead.
Corso tacked on one more TD run for the Wolverines to extend the lead to the final margin.
Truckee (9-0) now moves on to the Pop Warner Regionals and will face a to-be-determined opponent from the Bay Area. Regionals will be held at Bishop Manogue High School on Nov. 22.
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