Wolverines eye Spring Creek after 42-0 win
Here’s the scene: Truckee plays a Sacramento-based prep team and shuts them out despite a hostile crowd and big opposing linemen. Sound familiar?
After knocking off Encina 42-0 in Sacramento last Friday night, the Tahoe-Truckee High School Wolverines are preparing for what may be their toughest game all season. On Saturday, they will take on the defending state champions, Spring Creek at Surprise Stadium (J.V. 11:30 a.m., varsity 1:30 p.m.).
“This game has huge implications,” said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer. “They’re the team everyone is shooting for.”
Under the helm of head coach Greg Reeder, the Spartans are 3-1 this season, having lost to 4A Elko 17-16. Elko barely gave up a loss to powerhouse McQueen last week.
“They’re as good as any team we’ll play this year,” Shaffer said. “Defensively, they haven’t allowed very many points this year.”
But the same could be said of undefeated Truckee, which has outscored opponents 116-8, and whose defense has allowed a single touchdown in four games.
According to Shaffer, Spring Creek’s strength is in its ground game. As well, senior quarterback Josh Brouse (6’5″, 205 lbs.) is an all-around athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball each year.
“He and (Truckee QB) Chris Gerdin are probably the two best quarterbacks in the league,” Shaffer said.
Still, Shaffer is reluctant to say Spring Creek is the toughest team Truckee has faced all year, believing instead Christian Brothers was its biggest challenge.
“It is hard to say whether Spring Creek will be tougher than Christian Brothers. They’re as good as Christian Brothers and they have a more wide-open kind of attack.
“This team throws the ball more and spreads you out,” Shaffer said.
Shaffer said the Truckee defense will play the key role in fending off Spring Creek, while the offense needs to keep from turning the ball over and drawing drive-stopping penalties.
“We need to tidy up and keep their offense off the field,” Shaffer said.
Statistics from last week’s win against Encina High School:
Jeff Andrs had eight carries for 129 yards, Josh Wilson had 10 carries for 58 yards, Casey Nelson had five carries for 46 yards, David DeCoit had one carry for 14 yards.
Victor Corall had one carry for two yards and Carson Specht had one carry for minus six yards.
Truckee totaled 27 rushing attempts for 249 yards to Encina’s 38 attempts for 20 yards.
Gerdin completed six of eight passes for 157 yards. Encina was six for 16 for 37 yards and one interception.
DeCoit caught three passes for 88 yards, Josh Anagnos caught one pass for 16 yards, Jesse Quintana caught one pass for 38 yards, while Josh Wilson caught one pass for 15 yards.
Truckee’s scoring: Andrs scored on a 32-yard run, with Wilson converting for two with a run. DeCoit scored on a 37-yard pass from Gerdin, and the extra point from Thiel was no good.
Anagnos scored on a 16-yard pass and DeCoit later scored on a 24-yard pass. Josh Wilson scored on a nine-yard run and Jesse Quintana made good on a 38-yard pass.
Thiel successfully kicked the last four extra points.
Corall picked up Truckee’s only interception and Anagnos blocked an Encina punt.
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