Truckee Pee Wees register third shutout
The Truckee Pee Wee Pop Warner football team continued its good fortunes with a 27-0 victory over the Reno Ravens last weekend.
The Pee Wees are now 3-0 on the season, and their defense has yet to be scored upon.
The game started very similarly to the previous week’s contest with Sawyer Ballister taking the opening kickoff down the field for a 65-yard touchdown. The extra point failed, making the score 6-0.
From that point, the Pee Wees became very busy.
On defense, Brooks Hudson intercepted a Raven pass, giving the ball to Truckee’s offensive unit for the first time in the game. Graham Christian on the first play from the line of scrimmage ran the ball for a 49-yard gain. The next play Ballister ran the ball for another 15 yards. Zach Pettite ran the ball in from the 15-yard line for the second touchdown of the first quarter. Ballister successfully made the extra point, bringing the score to 13-0.
Hudson then recovered a fumble at the Ravens’ 35-yard line. From the 35 Pettite, with the help of two excellent blocks from Shawn Howe and Ballister, ran the ball into the end zone for another score before the first half came to a close. The extra point was good by Christian, bringing the score to 20-0.
The second quarter started with Truckee’s defense continuing its dominance.
A quarterback sack by Jake Pettite forced the Ravens to punt the ball back to the Truckee Pee Wee. The ensuing punt was returned 25 yards by Steve Baker.
The offensive unit put together another impressive drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Baker, who made the extra point to bring the score to 27-0. That’s how the first half ended.
The second half included more strong defense from the Truckee Pee Wees, with a nice assisted quarterback sack by Tyler Curtis and Drew Hartley. With the offense putting themselves in idle mode because of a Pop Warner mercy rule, the defense worked on keeping a shutout intact.
During the fourth quarter the Ravens put together a desperate drive against a makeshift defense. They drove the ball to the Truckee 7-yard line before the Pee Wees replaced the second unit with the first string in order to preserve the shutout.
After Ballister and Brooks Hudson pushed a Raven ball carrier out of bounds at the one-foot line, the defense got lucky with a Raven penalty putting the ball back five yards. The Truckee defense then continued to drive the Ravens backwards,
keeping them out of the end zone. The game ended with no scoring in the second half.
Notable defensive efforts by the following players helped the Truckee Pee Wee team complete their third straight shutout: Jasper Fields Jentz Zirbel, Zach Conradson, Scott Womack, Drew Hartley, Niko Duner, Justin Carter, Julian Thomas and Luke Theis.
The Truckee Pee Wee team will put their record on the line today with a game at Mira Loma Park in Reno. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.
The Junior Pee Wees play at home against North Tahoe on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Junior Midgets play at home the same day against the Reno Ravens at noon. The Midgets have a bye this week.
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