Truckee junior varsity squeaks by Fernley
The Truckee High junior varsity football team beat Fernley 32-28 Saturday at Surprise Stadium in Truckee.
Running back Ryan Macken scored both Wolverines touchdowns in the first half, one from nine yards out and the other from 15, to give his team a 12-7 lead. Truckee played well defensively, head coach Steve Ames said, particularly on one goal-line stand that prevented Fernley from scoring. Quarterback BJ Carter threw the ball seven times and completing two passes to Tucker Nevin.
Ames said Truckee dominated the third quarter. Macken scored another touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Truckee’s defense, led also by Macken, forced a fumble on Fernley’s quarterback. Evan Hyland recovered on the Fernley 12-yard line. Hyland then took a four-yard run into the end zone and fumbled to Truckee’s Kevin Wood for a touchdown. Justin Vosburgh ran for the two-point conversion.-
Macken in the fourth quarter had two touchdowns, one from two yards out and the other from 12. With Truckee making substitutions towards the end of the game, Fernley came back to make things exciting, particularly on an on-side kick that they recovered at the 50-yard line with 2:39 to play. On the next play, however, Truckee’s Travis Dwyer intercepted a pass.
Fernley scored again, though, on a deep pass with 43 seconds remaining. The score after Fernley failed to make the two-point conversion was 32-28, and that’s the way the game ended.
“Fernley was huge up front with their line. They outweighed us by a lot. I thought our kids played tough football. We had a little let down at the end, but Truckee showed a lot of composure to hold on to the lead.—
Nick Tennant made a huge play at the end of the game by recovering another on-side kick that they pooch-kicked over the front line. The two backs could not find the handle and Fernley almost recovered it. Last week we lost Robert Raber, our starting inside linebacker.
Robert has been playing great all year. It was tough losing him. Chris Raymer came in for Robert and did a great job. They’re both freshman, and they’re going to show us a lot in the next years. Clayton McDonald came in at linebacker, blitzed on his first play and tallied up a sack. Mike McNamara did a great job at defensive end and had one of the best hits of the game.- BJ Carter threw the ball 4 for 13 for 53 yards, with Nick Meyers making a great catch for 35 yards. Ryan Macken led the team with four touchdowns and 160 yards rushing. Trever Allen had a good day running the ball with 75 yards. BJ Carter ran for 46 yards and Justin Vosburgh ran for 26 yards.”
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