Truckee junior varsity football routs Bishop |

Truckee junior varsity football routs Bishop

The Truckee High junior varsity football team defeated host Bishop 36-7 in its season opener Friday.

“Overall, all our kids responded real well, considering the heat and the sheer size and number of our opponent,” said Truckee coach Tom Mohun, noting that the Wolverines fielded a team of 23 compared to the Broncos’ 42.

In temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, Truckee’s Louis Aguilar returned the opening kickoff to the Broncos 45-yard line. Vince Shaffer capped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Alec Sahlberg for an early 6-0 lead.

After a quick defensive set, Truckee’s offense was at it again, this time marching 50 yards behind the hard running of Jackson Weed, Aguilar and Cory Sharp, who scored on a 9-yard scamper. Shaffer converted the two-point conversion to give the Wolverines a 14-0 lead entering the half.

What a half it was, particularly for Truckee’s defense, which allowed just two first downs and 0 yards of total offense.

“Bishop’s offense did everything they could to stretch out our defense,” said Ryan Weiler, the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator. “But our guys stepped up. They managed to keep a physical team on their heels and, with the exception of one play, never let the Broncos find their rhythm.”

Aguilar opened the second half with a 51-yard kickoff return to the Bishop 34-yard line. Sharp then scored from a yard out to extend Truckee’s lead to 20-7.

The Broncos responded with a 64-yard touchdown pass.

After the ensuing kickoff Truckee started from its own 15 and never looked back, dominating the time of possession the remainder of the game.

Leading the charge for Truckee on the ground were Jon Ford and Jordan Deiro. Ford scored on a 1-yard plunge and finished with 80 yards rushing.

Tyler Ferris added the two-point conversion on a 7-yard pass from Shaffer. Ferris returned the favor on the following drive by laying a devastating block ” the hit of the game ” to spring Shaffer on a 2-yard TD run. Weed converted on a 2-yard run for the final score of the day.

“I was real proud of the fact our offense consumed large amounts of time through the second half, sustaining several long drives to keep us on the field,” Mohun said.

The Wolverines amassed 350 yards in total offense, with Sharp, Ford and Aguilar all nearly eclipsing 100 yards. Weed finished with a team-leading 93 yards rushing.

Also carrying the offense was the hard work of the offensive line led by Tanner Keese, Vance Brown, Ryan Zusy, Andres Frutos, Alex Corral and Alec Sahlberg. Shaffer also proved to be an effective leader by steering the offense in addition to playing on the other side of the ball.

Defensively, all contributed in a solid effort. Standouts include Kyle Mullen, Chris Gallagher, Zeke Soto, Deiro, Ford, Weed and Zusy.

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