Truckee playing like state champs
Ben Tonon warned last week that Sparks was going to pay the price for Truckee’s season-opening 20-14 overtime loss to Colfax.The Wolverines senior wingback was correct: Sparks paid dearly in Truckees first league game, losing to the defending state champions 61-27 at Surprise Stadium on Saturday.We were playing at full speed, said Tonon, who put 18 points on the board by way of three touchdowns two on the ground and one through the air. Everybody was hyped. We didnt sink to that teams level of play.Senior split end Brandon Peterson, who caught four passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, said losing the first game of the year to Colfax in Truckee was painful but not devastating. In fact, the start to the 2005 season mirrors that of 2004, when the Wolverines were beaten by Hug before cruising to a state title. So the loss two weeks ago may have been nothing more than humbling motivation.(The loss to Colfax) completely built our character, Peterson said. It livened everyone up. It hurts to lose to Colfax at home, but it just made us stronger.Leading 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines found a groove offensively in the second quarter, posting 41 points. Sparks, though, managed 20 points the same period, something Truckee players feel should not have happened given the Wolverines normally stingy defense.The first game our defense stepped up, but this week we had a lot of problems with tackling, said Kyle Sundale, a junior defensive end. We should have held that team to zero points.Truckee did not allow Sparks another score in the second half and, with the game in the bag, scored only one more touchdown. The large lead allowed playing time for non-starters, as eight Truckee players carried the ball in the game for a team total of 240 yards and five hauled in passes from quarterback Robert Jones, who threw for 274 yards.Wolverines head coach Bob Shaffer said he was impressed by the performance of his senior quarterback, who threw for 82 yards against Colfax the week prior.R. Jones had a huge game for us, Shaffer said. He stepped up and answered all the questions people had after the first game.
The names Spring Creek and James Edwards will be thrown around a lot on the practice field this week as the Wolverines prepare for what is likely to be the biggest challenge in league play. Next week is the game of games, Tonon said. Basically, it will tell the season right there.The primary concern, without question, will be containing Edwards, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Nevada career rushing leader and last years 3A state player of the year.Were going to have to wrap him up, Peterson said of Edwards, who attended camps at Texas A & M, University of Oregon, Oregon State and University of Nevada, Reno over the summer. (The outcome of the game) depends on how well we shut him down.Preventing Edwards from stacking up yardage has proved nearly impossible in the last two seasons for any team. His lowest rushing total in a game last season was 118 yards against Moapa Valley. Edwards highest output was 340 yards against North Tahoe. Last Friday against Fernley he ran for 285 yards on 42 carries, with four touchdowns.The senior running back is off to another torrid start this season, with 754 yards rushing in four games, bringing his career mark to 6,028. Last year Edwards rushed for 2,992 yards on 378 carries, averaging 31.5 carries per game and 7.9 yards per carry.A group of Truckee players and coaches scouted last Fridays game between Edwards highly touted Spring Creek team and Fernley.It just helps solidify what youre thinking, Shaffer said of attending a game in addition to viewing film of an opponent. What the Wolverines are thinking is that Edwards is a vital component to his teams offense. Beyond that, Shaffer said, Spring Creeks offense is not very complicated.Spring Creek is pretty basic and sound, Shaffer said. Theyre going to give the ball to Edwards. Hell probably get the ball 40 times.
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