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Truckee Mavericks run into tough Fallon team

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Courtesy Cherise WilliamsSafety Hunter Hansell led the team with four tackles, including this solo tackle on the last play of the game.
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The Truckee Wolverines of the Sierra Youth Football Leagueand#8217;s Maverick Division failed to respond to a bad start like their previous game in which they ended up on top for the win. The Fallon Greenwave proved to be too big a challenge to allow the 7- to 8-year-old boys another comeback win.

The Greenwave used all three phases of the game to roll over the Wolverines 41-0 in front of their home crowd last Saturday. The Greenwaveand#8217;s offense scored from the ground and air. The defense scored an interception return for a touchdown. Their special teams also scored on a punt return.

Fallonand#8217;s offense started the game with a 21-yard sweep to the right followed by a 37-yard touchdown run to the left. Their next offensive play later in the first quarter went 41 yards to the left for a score and a 14-0 lead.

The Wolverines defense then finally tried to dig their feet into the sand and brace against the Greenwave. They started the second quarter behind two tackles for no gain from defensive tackle Colton Conklin. This helped put Fallon into a fourth-and-10 situation. The Greenwave quarterback took the keeper around the right side and rolled 41 yards for the score and a 21-0 halftime lead.

After halftime, Truckeeand#8217;s run defense only allowed 13 yards on four carries, courtesy of the Wolverinesand#8217; leading tacklers, Matthew Seline, Hunter Hansell and Galdino Bravo-Karvonen. Each had four tackles on the day with defensive tackle Seline and cornerback Bravo-Karvonen leading the team with two tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Even with the ground game stopped, the Greenwave washed up into the end zone three more times in the second half thanks to a 50-yard punt return, a 45-yard interception return and an 18-yard pass.

Truckeeand#8217;s offense never found the end zone, facing a punishing defense that only allowed them one first down and 9 yards on 15 carries.

The Wolverinesand#8217; leading rusher, running back Damon Parisi, was held to 2 yards on five carries. Running back Jackson Kahl led the Wolverines in rushing for the game with 5 yards on four carries. Running backs Jason Roth and Hutton Johnson followed with 4 yards each, including Johnsonand#8217;s 1-yard gain for Truckeeand#8217;s only first down.

Bravo-Karvonen gained the most yards on a single play for the Wolverines with an 8-yard punt return up the middle.

Defensively, the Wolverines got contributions from linebacker Mitchell Mueller and defensive end Carson Jensen. Both had two tackles, including Jensenand#8217;s team-leading two solo tackles.

Defensive end Ernesto Gomez-Cortez , nose tackle Luis Castaneda, defensive tackles Jacob Moule and Peter Reoutt also contributed with a tackle.

UP NEXT: The Wolverines (1-1) travel to Reno to take on the Wooster Colts (3-0) on Saturday at 11 a.m.


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