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Wolverines headed for state finale

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

At 11-0, the Tahoe-Truckee High School football team is poised to win its fifth state championship in 15 years. This weekend, the Wolverines will get that chance in Las Vegas, as they take on 10-1 Bishop-Manogue of Reno.

Manogue’s only loss?

16-8 against Truckee, Sept. 5 in Reno; Truckee’s closest win of the season.

Before Truckee could confirm its room reservations on the Strip, it had to get past Moapa Valley last Saturday at home, which the Wolverines did in a big way with a 36-6 win.

Truckee came on strong early and often, starting with a two-yard Jeff Andrs run for a touchdown.

Moapa answered with a seven-yard pass for six, but failed a subsequent two-point conversion attempt. It was to be the Pirates’ only score of the day.

“Turnovers in the first quarter – three of them – hurt us quite a bit,” said head coach Bob Shaffer. “You’ve got to take care of the ball when you’re running with it.”

In the second quarter, Josh Wilson took a 29-yard touchdown run into the end zone, followed by a Carson Specht run for another two.

Not long after Wilson’s run, Chris Gerdin dialed long distance and found David DeCoit on an 18-yard pass for a Wolverine TD.

Truckee wrapped up the second half with a three-yard Andrs run and a 17-yard Wilson run for 14 more to seal up the 36-6 victory.

Statistics for Saturday’s game follow:

Rushing

Wilson rushed 24 times for 291 yards; Andrs rushed 14 times for 87 yards. Gerdin, twice for nine yards; Casey Nelson, once for five yards.

Truckee’s defense held Moapa rushers to minus 42 yards and plus 11 yards on the day.

“Our defense has been our stalwart so to speak all year long,” Shaffer said. “We’ve leaned on them to keep the opponents out of the end zone.”

Passing

Gerdin completed 13 of 29 pass attempts for 148 yards and one interception. Moapa Valley’s quarterbacks combined for 127 yards and threw two interceptions.

Gerdin has a completion rate of 61 percent, which Shaffer said is a little better than he expected at this point.

“That’s a pretty good completion percentage,” Shaffer said.

Receiving

DeCoit caught four passes for 48 yards, Geoff Hovorka caught five for 61 yards, Paul DeCarlo, one for 14 yards; Wilson, two for 16 yards and Andrs, one for nine yards.

State

Tomorrow, Truckee will take on the Bishop-Manogue Miners, a team

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