Truckee Youth Football teams in action at North Valleys |

Truckee Youth Football teams in action at North Valleys

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comConnor McMullen puts a Wolverine hit on a North Valleys opponent.

Truckee Youth Football’s Renegades, ages 8 and 9, moved their record to 2-0 with a 31-12 win at the North Valley Panthers last Saturday.

Truckee’s defensive led by Logan Ryan, Eric Sather, Matthew Villalba, Jesse Meyer, Dylan Lewis and Mateo Morales kept the Panthers’ offense in check all day.

Offensively, Zach Poncelet, Eric Spillman, Kai Watters, Dillon Kane, Garrett Kirk and Gaven Kelly-Caruthers pushed around the much larger Panther players for most of the day. The Renegades’ offense was impressive with powerful runs by George Skaff, Nate Bromley and Owen Slusher.

Patrick Hogan found the end zone three times while Conner McMullen and Max Kelly tallied one TD each.

and#8220;We really played well today. Both of our QBs, Connor McMullen and Braedy Santens, engineered nice TD drives,and#8221; said coach Todd Kelly.

The Truckee Wolverines in the Bandit Division of the Sierra Youth Football League came up short on the road against the North Valleys Panthers by a score of 24-0 last Saturday.

Although the score might indicate otherwise, the Wolverines, ages 5 to 7 years old, were almost effective in their defensive approach of bending but not breaking.

The defense in the first half did break with the Panthers using only three plays on their scoring drives in the first and second quarters. The Panthers scored from 36 yards out on a reverse to pounce on an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

However, Truckee did have North Valleys bent back to their own 25-yard line facing third-and-10 after Truckee defensive end Hutton Johnson tackled the running back for a two-yard loss and forced a fumble. The Panthers recovered the fumble and took the next snap 75 yards for their second score of the game and led 12-0 lead at the half.

The Wolverine defense led by safety Holden Woodruff and linebacker Tavin Hamilton, both with five tackles each, made the Panthers hunt a little longer for their two touchdowns in the second half. Truckee forced two turnovers on downs with fourth-down tackles by Woodruff and linebacker Jason Roth.

The Panthers, who scored on runs of 38 and 61 yards in the second half, were impressive on offense and defense, holding the Wolverines to 29 yards rushing for the game and allowing the Truckee offense to only touch the ball six plays in the second half.

Running back Ronan Collins led Truckee with 21 yards on eight carries. Jake Solberg also led the team with an eight-yard kickoff return.

The Wolverines play at Wooster on Saturday at 9 a.m.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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