TTHS holds off White Pine Football squad takes 34-26 road victory |

TTHS holds off White Pine Football squad takes 34-26 road victory

ELY, Nev. -After outscoring their opponents 125-20 during the first two weeks of the season, the Wolverines faced a stiffer challenge last Friday against host White Pine.

Tahoe-Truckee High School prevailed 34-26 in non-league 3A action to raise its record to 3-0.

The defending state champions dominated offensively, but White Pine kept the game close on the strength of several big plays on defense and special teams. White Pine scored touchdowns off an interception, a fumble recovery and on a kickoff return. In addition, a botched Truckee punt led to another White Pine score.

Overall, Truckee amassed 516 yards while holding White Pine to 168 yards of offense.

“Obviously, it (close score) causes us concern. If we rack up over 500 yards in offense we should be able to win,” said Wolverine Coach Bob Shaffer. “The good thing is, that was the first game that really tested us physically – they were exactly what the doctor ordered.”

Shaffer said he was pleased “the kids didn’t lose their poise under pressure. That’s very encouraging.”

Truckee jumped out to to a 10-0 first quarter lead on the strength of a 38-yard Spencer Archer field goal and Rudy Cross’ 4-yard touchdown run.

On the ensuing kickoff, White Pine short-circuited Truckee’s momentum when John Nakashima had an 85-yard return for a score.

“All of a sudden they changed the momentum on one play,” Shaffer said.

three of the past four years in the state playoffs (losing three times), kept the contest close with several big plays on defense and special teams.the Tahoe-Truckee High School posting easy victoriesI

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