Truckee’s gridiron stars shine at classic
In an All Star football game packed with stingy defense but little scoring, a couple former Wolverines left their mark offensively and led the Silver squad to victory.Jamie Maehler, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association career leader with 2,969 receiving yards, put the first touchdown on the board early in the third quarter on a perfectly placed 18-yard pass. Maehler attributes McQueen quarterback Nick Nistler, as well as good fortune, for the reception.”The touchdown pass was pretty lucky, I have to admit,” Maehler said. “I couldn’t really see the ball. It was up in the lights. I threw my arms out there and it just kind of fell in there.”Earlier in the scoring drive Maehler caught a 37-yard pass from Nistler, and he finished the game with 55 receiving yards. Nearing the end of the third quarter, after the Blue crew struck back with a 32-yard touchdown run by Bishop Manogue running back Kenny Viser, Truckee linebacker Nathan Wrenn got in on the scoring action with an interception returned 45 yards for a touchdown.”I came into the game as third string at my position,” Wrenn told the Reno Gazette-Journal after the game. “I’m just happy I was able to make a play.”The play ultimately led the Silver to victory. Wrenn attributes the score to blocking from former Fallon Athlete of the Year Josh Mauga, who was voted Most Valuable Player after the game.”After I caught it I saw Mauga and I just followed him,” Wrenn said. “He kept making blocks and that made it easy for me.”Maehler said Wrenn picked the right player to trail.”It was a good idea to follow big Mauga,” he said. “He’s the guy to follow.”Maehler and Wrenn, as well as fellow graduates Paul Tierney, Tommy Kokenge, Randon Nunez, Daniel Jacinto Ballou, Logan Hunt and Kendal Burton, had plenty of fan-support. “It was unbelievable how many Truckee people were there,” Maehler said. “If you looked into the crowd, on both sides, there was red everywhere. It was awesome to have that much support.”While fans bundled in the stands in attempt to ward the chilly evening air, players on the field kept the blood flowing by keeping their mouths running.”There was a lot of trash talking,” Maehler said, “which made it a lot more fun. It was real a competitive game. I was surprised.”Despite the game being played the day before graduation, Maehler didn’t mind putting on a high school uniform one final time.”It felt weird putting on pads in early June,” he said. “I had a lot of fun in my last high school game. It was a good going away party. I’m happy I was in it.”As of Tuesday Maehler is settling in at his new home in West Point, N.Y., where he received a full-ride scholarship to play football at the U.S. Military Academy.
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