Wolverine football fends off Lowry
In another nail-biter, Bob Shaffer’s football squad beat Lowry in Winnemucca, 30-20, lead by the play of quarterback of Kevin Schlesinger, last Friday.
This Saturday, the surprise team of the year, Yerington, will keep the TNT defense on its toes.
“They run a fly offense, which can be confusing if you don’t pay attention,” Shaffer said. “If you’re looking in the backfield and seeing all these guys cross and there are guys going this way and this way and if you’re not watching where the ball is going, then you can be out of place.”
Yerington was winless last year, but this year they stand at 2-3 overall. Two weeks ago, they upset Lowry 22-18 in the waning seconds of the game.
“Last year, even though they didn’t win any games, they were all juniors and a few key sophomores, so they kind of have a veteran group this year,” Shaffer said of Yerington.
“I think that’s why they played a lot better.”
Shaffer is hoping for another strong offensive day. Against Lowry, Schlesinger finished the game with nine completions on 14 passes with 211 yards and a touchdown toss to receiver RJ Ballou.
The Lowry Buckaroos, a larger and faster team than Truckee had no trouble running over the Truckee D with 306 total rushing yards. Lowry finished with 463 total offensive yards and Truckee finished with 451. But all those yards didn’t translate into points.
“They would put drives together that they couldn’t finish,” Shaffer said.
Lowry ran 76 offensive plays, nearly double that of Truckee’s 44.
“Their drives aren’t made on big plays but standard 4-play drives,” Shaffer said. “They were content on taking a little bit at a time.”
Lowry got on the board first when running back Jared Fifield rumbled down the field 63 yards to the Truckee 12 and then his fellow running back Travis Crnkovish ran the ball in to put Lowry up 6-0, with just 6:17 left into the first quarter.
But Schlesinger responded on the following drive by finding senior tight end Mike Acuff for a 40-yard gain. That pass set up a 13-yard plunge by junior running back Mike Hackley to put Truckee up, 7-6, with the extra point at 5:10 left in the quarter.
On the next drive, Schlesinger found Hackley again for a 39-yard gain. That play led to junior running back Nick Smith plunging the ball in from 21 yards out to put Truckee up 14-6 with 2:30 left in the quarter.
Lowry responded with a touchdown with 1:05 left in the first half. The conversion failed, leaving the score 14-12 Truckee.
But with such little time left, Schlesinger found senior tight end and defensive end Jason Ames for a 31-yard pass. That set up a field goal by junior JR Murphy to put Truckee up 17-12 going into the half.
In the third quarter, Lowry came out firing and took the lead when quarterback Brian Watterson found Cody Louk for a 56-yard touchdown pass with the conversion to make the score17-20.
But the Wolverines came back by putting Hackley into the end zone again from one yard out this time to take back the lead and never looked back, 23-20.
The slim lead wasn’t enough for Shaffer. Halfway through the fourth quarter, Schlesinger found Ballou alone down field. Ballou ran the ball in from there for the final score and left the game 30-20.
The Buckaroos had two running backs with 100-yard games for their day. Smith, still recovering from a hip injury, ran for 80 yards on eight carries plus a touchdown, Hackley ran for 114 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns. Acuff had 79 yards receiving on just two catches and Schlesinger threw completions to six different receivers.
“We just have to be disciplined and make sure we’re doing what we need to do,” Shaffer said. “Mentally and physically we can play with them. That shouldn’t be a problem.”
The JV football team didn’t have the play that the varsity squad did. They fell 33 to 20 to the Lowry JV. The freshmen squad did their usual, though. They steamrolled Dayton on Thursday 47-0.
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