Truckee JV football loses close game
The Truckee High junior varsity football team lost a close battle against the Winters Warriors, 34-27, Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
Although Truckee head coach Steve Ames gave credit to the Warriors, he felt his team was capable of pulling off the win.
“Saturday the JV team ran into a very good Winters team,” Ames said. “I felt that we didn’t lose the game as much as we ran out of time. Unfortunately, we went down 14-0 in the first half. It was an uphill battle from there.”
Truckee scored 27 points in the second half, including a touchdown on a “hook and ladder” trick play as the game ended. But it wasn’t enough.
“Offensively we got the job done,” Ames said. “Defensively we gave up a couple of touchdowns late in the game when we were trying to strip the opponents to try to get them to fumble.
“We were always behind one or two touchdowns. Our kids played a great second half. They’ve really worked hard all year, but I think this loss will actually help us go into league games next week. We got the mustard knocked off our hot dog, now we can get down and play Truckee kind of football.”
Ames said his team had too many penalties in crucial situations, and that it was just one of those game in which nothing seemed to go Truckee’s way.
On a positive note, Kevin Decker and Chris Knez each recovered a fumble, and Robert Raber recovered an on-side kick.
CJ Ackerman had a great game making big hits and big plays on both sides of the ball. Last week Ackerman was voted team captain by the coaches, and for the first time in seven years, he was voted again as team captain.
“That’s how much we thought of CJ,” Ames said.
Much of Truckee’s offense came from Justin Vosburgh, who ran for 100 yards and a touchdown 14 rushes, as well as Raber, who finished with 82 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Ackerman had 30 yards on six rushes and quarterback Steve Carter had 15 yards on one carry. Carter completed 10 of 19 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
In spite of the loss, the coach is confident his team will bounce back.
“I’m expecting a lot out of this team going into league games,” Ames said. “They really deserve good things to go their way; they’re a hard-working group of kids.”
Last week’s de-cleat award went to Dylan Crosby. This weeks award went to CJ Ackerman.
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