Wolverines crush Rite Of Passage 44-0
The Tahoe-Truckee High School Wolverine football team (8-0, 4-0) got another step closer to the postseason with a 44-0 win against Rite of Passage Saturday afternoon in Yerington, Nev.
It was mainly a ground game for TTHS, which rushed for 392 yards and threw for only 83 yards.
Truckee coach Bob Shaffer said this was mainly due to the weather, which consisted of strong wind gusts and blowing dust.
“The wind was blowing so badly we didn’t want to put the ball in the air. We didn’t want to pitch it or snap it or make extra point attempts,” Shaffer said.
Still, Shaffer said the weather may have hurt ROP more than it did Truckee, as ROP generally relies on the air game for its bigger plays.
During one play, Truckee attempted to pass, but the wind knocked the ball out of bounds.
ROP was equally unlucky.
“They attempted some passes and didn’t even get close,” Shaffer said. “That made it easy for us to stack the line of scrimmage and stop their runs.”
As usual, the Truckee defense was on fire Saturday, holding ROP to plus five yards and minus 30 yards rushing.
Truckee came out in the first quarter with two touchdowns and a couple of two-point conversions.
Jeff Andrs took an early three-yard run in for a TD, followed by a David DeCoit conversion run.
Before the quarter ended, Casey Nelson carried another three-yard run in for the Wolverines, followed by a Josh Wilson run for two.
Truckee did not score in the second quarter, and went to halftime up 16-0.
In the third, Truckee quarterback Chris Gerdin threw his longest pass of the day, finding Jesse Owen on a 73-yarder for a touchdown. Nelson then completed the two-point conversion on a pass from Gerdin.
Nelson again scored on a seven-yard run, and the two-point conversion failed.
DeCoit took in another three-yard run, and Zach Wilson was successful for two on a run past the ROP line.
Truckee’s final score came from Zach Wilson, who carried a 33-yard run into the end zone. The extra-point kick attempt failed.
Josh Wilson led the way with 172 yards rushing on 13 carries. The rest follow: Andrs, 12 carries for 80 yards; Nelson, eight carries for 56 yards; Zach Wilson, eight carries for 66 yards; DeCoit, two carries for six yards; Kenny Woodbury, one carry for five yards; Carson Specht, two carries for seven yards.
Gerdin completed three of seven passes for 83 yards.
Owen led with one catch for 73 yards. The rest follow: Josh Wilson, one catch for seven yards; Nelson, one catch for three yards.
ROP receivers caught five passes for 73 yards.
Truckee’s final regular-season game will be tomorrow at Fernley, with junior varsity playing at 5 p.m. and varsity starting at 7:30 p.m.
The 6-2 (3-1 league) black and orange Vaqueros are headed up by coach Dave Hart and senior quarterback Steve Henderson.
“We’re excited about playing Truckee,” Hart said. “They’re tough and have a good program.”
Shaffer had good words for Fernley, as well.
“They have good, skilled people and they pass the ball really well,” Shaffer said. “They have good size on the offensive and defensive lines. It should be pretty electrifying.”
To look ahead, perhaps you have to look back a little to gauge where you are going.
Shaffer said his team and coaching staff set out to achieve several goals by this point, most of which have been met.
The team wanted to win the league championship, be undefeated in league and end the regular season at 9-0. A win Friday will seal all three components of Shaffer’s and the Wolverines’ goals.
Shaffer said his team is pumped up for tomorrow night’s game and the postseason.
“We’re in a nice position where we control our destiny by winning Friday,” he said.
A win at Fernley would give Truckee the home field advantage in the two playoff games leading up to state.
“That would allow us to stay at home and not travel, which is a huge incentive.”
The state championship game is Friday, Nov. 20, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
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