Truckee Pop Warner | Mitey-Mite Whites take down Reno North
Jake Marr’s game-winning base hit into left center field in the bottom of the sixth inning could not have come at a better time, 6:45 p.m.
The hit not only put an end to the Red Sox comeback attempt late in the fall baseball tournament game, it also allowed his Truckee Orioles teammate Tavin Hamilton to sprint three football fields away and change into his quarterback gear for his Pop Warner game weigh-in at 7 p.m. that same Saturday.
One of Truckee’s many multiple-sports stars, Hamilton took advantage of his fall baseball tournament and his regular-season-ending football game both playing out at the same Sparks Golden Eagle Sports Complex.
Hamilton assisted his baseball team with a great stretch at first base to catch a put-out and contributed a tag out at home while playing catcher later in the game. However, Hamilton’s biggest contributions of his busy sports day came during the Truckee Mitey-Mite Whites’ win over the Reno North Wolfpack, 26-12.
Hamilton scored three touchdowns and an extra point as the Wolverines quarterback in the win that brought the regular season to a close with a 3-4 record. He also turned in a 13-tackle performance from his left defensive end position, which trailed only his teammate Hunter Hansell’s total of 16.
Hamilton’s first touchdown was a 3-yard pass that sailed just over the outstretched hands of the Wolfpack’s outside linebacker and into the hands of running back Carson Jensen, who took it the other seven yards for a 10-yard score. The touchdown pass capped the Wolverines five-play opening drive. Hamilton charged up the middle for the successful point after touchdown to take the lead that was never relinquished.
Hamilton’s second touchdown was also through the air but was a greater distance. On a third-and-7 play, Hamilton took a seven-step drop and sailed an arching spiral 13 yards beyond the line of scrimmage where running back Brian Baker reached back and reeled in the pass. Baker then did the rest of the work by outrunning the Wolfpack defense for a 47-yard touchdown catch.
Hamilton’s third touchdown came on another third down play in the third quarter when he stopped and hopped to the right to evade an oncoming tackler and then trotted to the corner of the end zone for the 3-yard score.
Hamilton’s touchdown run finished the Wolverines’ scoring for the game; however, prior to Hamilton’s final score, Jensen scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard touchdown run earlier in the second quarter.
Jensen capped off a first-half scoring drive that started on Truckee’s 8-yard line with only 38 seconds left in the half. Jensen set up his own score with a 48-yard reception two plays earlier and crossed the goal line with 12 seconds to spare.
Jensen finished the evening leading the team in receiving yards with 58 and return yards with 19. He also ran for 34 yards off six carries and tackled a total of 11 Wolfpack runners, including a spectacular diving tackle to prevent a touchdown in the first quarter.
Hamilton led the Wolverines in passing with 106 yards from four completions. He also ran for 11 yards on five carries. His defensive effort yielded four tackles behind the line of scrimmage and a fumble recovery after Baker stripped the ball from the runner at Truckee’s 22-yard line in first quarter action.
Running back Jackson Kahl led the Wolverines with 69 yards on six carries. He also was awarded eight yards on a kick return that actually ended in the endzone for an apparent score before it was called back to the spot of a block from the back penalty. On defense, Kahl contributed three tackles and an interception that killed a Wolfpack drive on Truckee’s 28-yard line in the third quarter.
Other offensive contributors included Baker with 13 yards on six carries and 48 yards on two receptions. Running back Peter Reoutt compiled four yards on a successful point after touchdown run in the second quarter. Running back Ryland Morrison primarily lined up as wide receiver during the game but gained a yard on a single carry against a goal line defense at the Wolfpack’s 3-yard line in the third quarter.
Defensively the Wolverines were led by Hansell. His personal-best 16 tackles included a team-leading five behind the line and set a new single-game team record for most tackles.
Defensive end Reoutt overcame constant holding from his opponent that also included some after-the-play activities against him that never drew a flag. Reoutt finished with his personal-best 12 tackles.
Linebackers Jacob Moule and Matthew Seline both dropped 10 Wolfpack runners. Three of Moule’s tackles were solo tackles which led the team. Seline had a special teams tackle in his total. The other nine of his defensive tackles yielded just a total of 16 yards for the Wolfpack.
Cornerback Jesse Espinoza continued improvement on his cornerback duties and dropped eight Wolfpack ball carriers. One of his tackles was a solo tackle that stopped Reno short of a first down and gave his team the ball back on a turnover on downs.
Defensive tackle Quinn Krommenhoek played big late in the game and racked up five of his seven tackles in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Caige Maran finished with four tackles. Half of his tackles came in the second quarter and one created a turnover on downs and the other stopped a point after touchdown.
Defensive tackle Sam Marr chipped in three tackles, including one on the first defensive play of the game and another on a fourth-down play.
Linebacker Beck Wilson made two defensive stops on two consecutive plays in the third quarter.
Next up for the Mitey-Mite Whites is an intra-city, first-round playoff matchup against the Truckee Mitey-Mite Reds at River View Sports Park on Saturday at noon.
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The two-time defending state champion Truckee baseball team opened league play in style this weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Sparks.