Truckee triumphs in run-heavy Spring Creek contest
The Truckee Wolverines overcame a smash-mouth running attack from Spring Creek Friday night to win their second-to-last regular season contest 40-22.
While the win cemented Truckee’s standing as the top team in Northern Nevada 3A ” they are a perfect 4-0 in league play ” Wolverines coach Bob Shaffer said the players will have plenty to work on before their final regular season game against Sparks on Halloween night.
“They nickled us and nickled us,” said Shaffer of the Spring Creek running attack. “We just couldn’t get them off the field and get our offense on the field.”
But Truckee also has plenty to feel good about after the win, including a potent offensive attack both on the ground and through the air.
Quarterback Justin Vosburgh had one of his strongest outings to date, said Shaffer, piling up 142 yards through the air despite the fact that Truckee ran the ball for the majority of the second half.
The defense also put in some hard work Friday against a Spring Creek team that focused on a ball-control running attack and piled up 74 offensive plays to Truckee’s 43.
Truckee’s defense played big when it mattered, coming up with clutch turnovers to keep Truckee ahead, like C.J. Ackerman’s second half interception that led to a Truckee touchdown.
“Our defense got some turnovers and stops when we needed them,” said Shaffer.
Spring Creek did come within five points of Truckee in the second half, after the Wolverines fumbled the second-half kickoff and Spring Creek scored to make it 19-14. But Ackerman’s pick and the ensuing touchdown gave Truckee some breathing room.
Truckee football fan Phil Macken, whose son Ryan plays fullback and linebacker, said the team responded well after their lead was cut to five points.
“From that point forward Truckee dominated the rest of the game,” said Macken.
But the contest stayed physical to the end, said Macken.
“I thought that Spring Creek was in a must-win situation to get to the playoffs, so they were smacking,” said Macken. “It was a hard-hitting game.”
Macken likes the attitude of the team headed into the final stretch of the season.
“I would say that they are more in a playoff mode than they were last year,” he said.
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