Wolverines fall in battle of undefeated teams
In a battle between two undefeated schools, the Truckee High School varsity football team walked away with a 63-21 loss against Bishop Manogue Catholic High School on Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
J.R. Murphy started the game by putting the open kick off deep into the end zone, leaving Manogue the ball on their 20-yard line.
On first down, Manogue junior Kenny Viser ran up the middle for 5 yards. On second down, Viser ran through the defense for 75 yards and the touchdown. The extra point kick was no good, but Manogue took off with an early lead.
The Wolverines took over on the 6-yard line after Ben Tonon was taken down on the kick off.
After two Mike Hackley runs for 2 yards apiece, Truckee turned to the air. But on third down, quarterback Paul Tierney’s pass was blocked, and the Wolverines were forced to punt.
Manogue’s offense took the field on their 33-yard line. Manogue began to attack the Wolverines with their running game.
On third-and-four, Viser broke through the defense and carried the ball 61-yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good.
After a touchback, the Wolverines started off from their own 20-yard line.
On first and second down, Nick Smith struggled to pick up yardage against the tough Manogue defensive line. On third down, Tierney’s pass was nearly intercepted. The Wolverines were once again forced to punt.
Manogue took over on their 29-yard line.
Sticking with the old saying, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” Manogue continued to hand the ball off to Viser.
Viser rushed for a 9-yard gain, then picked up the first down on the next play. On first-and-10, Viser scrambled through the defense to move the chains once more.
After two incomplete passes and a tripping call, Manogue had a third-and-25 situation. So on third-and-25, Manogue quarterback Thomas Peregrin found receiver Nathan Mendiola wide open. Mendiola brought the ball down to the Truckee 14-yard line.
With the ball in the red zone, the Truckee defense stepped up. Nathan Wrenn stopped Peregrin for no gain, and Peregrin threw two incomplete passes.
On fourth down, Randon Nunez blocked the Manogue field goal. Truckee finally fell on the ball on their own 36-yard line.
After a Hackley run for 1-yard, Tierney dropped back to pass on second down. As he scrambled in the back-field, Tierney was met by the Manogue defensive line for an 11-yard loss.
Third and long turned into fourth and long, and the Wolverines were yet again faced with a punt situation.
But on fourth-and-20 on their 26-yard line, Truckee ran a fake punt. Murphy’s pass was incomplete, and Manogue took over on downs.
Viser and John Cercek pounded their way through the Truckee defense, as the first quarter ended with Manogue up by 12.
Within the first minute of the second quarter, Cercek plowed his way over the Wolverine defensive line for the score. The extra point was good to put Manogue up by 19.
The Wolverines started out on their 20-yard line after another touchback.
After two incomplete passes and a short run, Truckee punted the ball away to Manogue’s 44-yard line.
On first down, Peregrin connected with Daniel Flocchini, who took the ball to the 17-yard line. Viser carried the ball three times. On his third carry he crossed the goal line for another touchdown. The extra point was good, and Manogue led 26-0.
After another touchback, Truckee’s offense took the field on their 20-yard line.
The Wolverines ran Hackley straight at the Manogue defensive line for another small gain. On second down, the Wolverine’s received a first down for the first time in the game, in the form of a pass interference penalty on Manogue.
On first down Smith ran for four yards. On second down, Tierney was sacked for a 6-yard loss. On third-and-12, Tierney was sacked for a 5-yard loss.
Murphy’s punt on fourth down was topped only by Manogue’s return. Murphy’s punt was caught on Manogue’s 20-yard line, and returned to Truckee’s 39-yard line.
Manogue established a well-balanced drive to set up Joe Pugh’s catch on the 20-yard line, which he carried all the way into the end zone. The extra point was good and Manogue led by 33.
The Wolverines started off on the 23-yard line after a return by Ben Tonon. The Wolverines continued to struggle on offense, and were again forced to punt on fourth down.
On fourth down, Murphy stood in the end zone to punt. The snap was too high for Murphy and the ball flew over his head and out of bounds for the safety.
Manogue scored on the next drive to put them up 42-0 at half time.
In the first quarter Tierny threw five incomplete passes and was sacked four times.
In the second half, the Wolverines managed to score three touchdowns all on Tierney passes to Jamie Maehler.
“In the second half we gave Paul a little more time to throw. He didn’t have any protection early on. We gave him protection and time to throw and he started coming together,” said head coach Bob Shaffer.
Tierney was six for 22 with 111 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Maehler caught four passes for 81 yards and three touchdowns.
Manogue matched Truckee by scoring twice more in the third quarter and once in the fourth for the final score of 63-21.
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Students from North Tahoe and Truckee recently made the trip to Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley to compete in the annual Kays Ostrom Invitational.