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Dan Savickas

The Truckee High School boys’ varsity football team beat Dayton 42-7 on Saturday.

“The defense played the best they’ve played so far this season,” said Head Coach Bob Shaffer. “This was the most physical I’ve seen them play.”

The Wolverine defense caused three fumbles, two of which they recovered, and on interception by J.R. Murphy. All three of the turnovers lead to Truckee points.

The defense was lead by Chris Anderson, Bruce Knez and Jimmy Williams.

On offense Truckee had 505 total yards, but 200 yards in penalties against the Wolverines did not help the team out.

“We had penalties across the board,” Shaffer said. “I think we had the whole rule book called on us at one point or another.”

With no turnovers this year, the offense looks tough but it’s quite clear the Wolverines need to avoid so many penalties.

“If we can eliminate the penalties it will help immensely,” Shaffer said. “Against good teams you won’t make up 200 yards.”

Quarterback Paul Tierney completed 15 out of 25 passes and threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. This puts Tierney at 505 passing yards in just two games.

Nick Smith lead the Wolverine on the ground with 13 carries for 104 yards rushing and one touchdown. Mike Hackley had 18 carries for 84 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Gordon Neelands caught one pass for 18 yards and a touchdown. Jamie Maehler had seven catches for 119 yards.

The THS junior varsity team beat Dayton 32-0 in a game Head Coach Higginbotham claimed the Wolverines “totally dominated.”

The victory was well spread out with the first score going to Brandon Peterson on a 33-yard run in the first series.

The second score belonged to the special teams when Mike Lopez blocked a punt and returned it 50 yards to the end zone.

The third score also belonged to Lopez who picked up a fumble and made a dramatic entrance 55 yards past the defenders in to the end zone.

In the second quarter Micah Carbajal had a 4-yard touchdown run. In the third quarter Carbajal added a 37-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines were unable to score any extra points.

“It’s always a great start to a season to begin 2-0,” Higginbotham said.


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