Truckee JVs continue dominance
The Truckee high junior varsity football team rolled over Spring Creek, 47-6, at Surprise Stadium on Saturday.
In a game packed with Truckee highlights, the defensive gem of the day went to Chris Knez, who intercepted a Spartan pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Robert Raber also had a fumble recovery.
“Defensively, again we continue our dominance in the league,” said Truckee head coach Steve Ames. “In a single game the most points our defense has given up is 14. That success goes to outstanding players Robert Raber, Dylan Crosby, Chris Raymer, Ryan Cook, Travis Dwyer, Flynn Rice, Mike McNamara, Kevin Decker, Justin Vosburgh, Chris Knez, Lupe Solis and Josh Johnson. These kids have been total studs, dominating the league so far this season.”
Stepping up for the Wolverines on special teams was Bryer Schrock, who had an “unbelievably great game,” his coach said.
“This game was his coming out party on special teams, and at receiver he did an excellent job blocking,” Ames said. “Bryer dominated the special teams. The coaches were in awe of the ability that he showed during this game.”
Then there was the Truckee offense that posted 47 points.
“Offensively, wow!” Ames said. “It’s a word that describes our Truckee JV offense. They played a physical Spring Creek team that never gave up ” never gave us anything. The kids earned everything they got.”
Ames said Truckee offensive coach Tom Mohun called a perfect game that resulted in only two punts to the Spartans.
“We really kept Spring Creek on their heels and had big plays when we needed them,” Ames said. “As always, we owe our success to the linemen, which goes to Mason Laird, Dylan Crosby, Kevin Decker, Josh Johnson, Mike McNamara and Lupe Solis. What a great group of athletes.”
After jumping out to a large lead, Truckee’s non-starters got into the game early in the second half and continued the Truckee domination.
Omar Magana almost had a big interception to go with his numerous tackles. Anthony Smith, who is steadily improving, according to his coaches, came in at defensive end and had a great game. Bob Waters, who came into the season late, also had a great game.
“Bob missed a lot of early practices that hurt his chances of playing time,” Ames said. “He’s a great football player on both sides of the ball.”
Chris Bird missed last week’s game but played well against the Spartansl, Ames said, and Chris Collier also made an impact when he got in the game.
“Chris Collier may be one of the best stories of the year,” Ames said. “I’ve never had a kid who has improved physically as much as this kid. I’m really looking forward to watching him in the next couple of years.”
Anthony Smith did a good job, as well, Ames said, and Uriel Malo came in and scored a touchdown and averaged 10 yards per carry.
“Uriel is an athlete who, if we needed him to be first team, he could score 26 touchdowns a season,” the coach said. “He does everything we ask him to do. I’m very proud of Uriel. He’s having a great season.”
Another latecomer to the season, Hugo Sanchez, also helped his team when he got in the game.
Truckee plays at Sparks ” which is undefeated in league play, as is Truckee ” on Friday at 11 a.m.
Ben Westmoreland is out for the season with a knee injury. Travis Dwyer is out with a separated shoulder, which is his second shoulder injury this season.
“He’s really shown a lot of heart and determination,” Ames said. “He played with a brace on his right shoulder and separated his left shoulder.”
Ryan Roberts dislocated his shoulder during a basketball game and is playing limited time.
The only junior on the team, Mason Laird, was in a car accident last year. Barely able to walk without limping, Laird has been starting at center for the Wolverines.
“It’s amazing that Mason can even play football,” Ames said. “I have never been as impressed with an athlete as I am with Mason Laird’s ability to play through pain.”
Truckee offensive stats
Justin Vosburgh 172 yards , 2 touchdowns
Ryan Roberts 73 yards, 2 touchdowns
Urial Malo 40 yards , 1 touchdown
C.J. Ackerman 36 yards, 1 touchdown
Steve Carter 1 run, 12 yards
Anthony Smith 1 run, 1 yard
Carter 3 for 5 passing for 26 yards
Ackerman 3 catches, 26 yards