Truckee Junior Pee Wees blank Fallon
Truckee Pop Warner’s Junior Pee Wee team opened its season on a positive note, shutting out the host Fallon Greenwave 26-0.
The real battle was between Truckee’s offense and defense to see who could outshine the other.
The offense bolted to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter and scored on the third play of its first drive.
Running back Damon Parisi zipped outside on a counter sweep and sped past two defenders to score Truckee’s first touchdown from 25 yards out.
Running back Jackson Kahl made good on the extra point with a pounding run up the middle.
The offense then improved on its second drive and scored using just one play. Running back Brian Baker started his 45-yard touchdown run up the middle but cut to the right after getting past the first wave of Fallon defenders. Quarterback Tavin Hamilton took the sneak forward to secure the extra point and 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Truckee offense amassed 100 yards on five plays in the first half and then improved upon that mark in the second quarter with a total of 149 yards from 10 plays.
The second-quarter highlights included a 25-yard scamper to the right by Kahl that was accentuated on the next play to the left by Kahl that earned him a spot in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown.
Parisi followed Kahl’s example on the Wolverines’ next possession and set up his own 59-yard touchdown with a 26-yard run to the left.
Neither extra point in the second quarter was successful, but that seemed to be the only blemish on the Truckee offense’s claim to the team’s civil battle.
The second half brought fewer offensive highlights as coach Jake Moule substituted the second-string offense for the first string to honor the game and not make the game even more lopsided.
The Truckee offensive highlight in the second half was nine plays consisting of runs made by each member of the team’s offensive line, which Moule affectionately refers to as “the hogs.”
Strong guard Peter Reoutt led the hogs with 11 yards on three carries. Center Jacob Moule rushed twice for 5 yards. Quick tackle Micah Ivens matched Moule with 5 yards on a single carry that was good for a first down and included him lowering his shoulder and delivering a thunderous hit on his tackler at the end of the play.
Strong tackle Jace Borden also got 5 yards on a single carry. Quick guard Aidan Powers had an attempt also but the blocking broke down on his carry and was dropped behind the line for a loss of 3 yards.
The only other ball carrier in the second half was wide receiver Jake Marr who converted a fourth and 8-yard situation when he went 10 yards.
Excluding Marr’s run, the hogs combined for 23 yards, which was 14 more than Fallon’s total offense against the Truckee defense during the entire game.
Allowing Fallon only 9 total yards in the game allowed the Truckee defense to outshine its own prolific offense and win the civil battle.
Other defensive highlights included only giving up two Greenwave first downs. Both of those came in the fourth quarter when Truckee’s defensive coordinator James Curtis changed defensive schemes so the defense was not so daunting.
Truckee’s defense also snatched up three fumbles and relented just 12 yards on the second to last play of the game to mark the biggest play against them.
The Wolverine defense allowed Fallon to gain positive yardage on only 11 of its 28 offensive plays.
Truckee’s defense was led by linebackers Matt Seline and Jason Roth, both with 10 tackles.
The two leaders were followed by defensive tackle Carlos Diaz, who had eight tackles, including at least one tackle in every quarter. Linebacker Ayden Luther and cornerback Galdino Bravo-Karvonen both chipped in seven tackles. First-year player Juan Arroyo dropped six Fallon runners and had one pass defense as cornerback.
Linebackers Beck Wilson and Hunter Hansell had five tackles each. Defensive end Quincy Wood matched that number but three of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage with two being solo take downs.
Safety Alex Roberts, defensive end Nikalas Atkinson and special teamer Jake Marr all contributed three tackles. Defensive tackle Diego Martinez got in on two tackles and kicker Hamilton had a solo tackle on one of his kickoffs.
Next up for Truckee’s Junior Pee Wees is their home opener against Fernley at Riverview Sports Park on Saturday at 9 a.m.