Wolverines heating up
The Truckee High football team improved to 2-0 in Northern 3A league play (4-2 overall) with a 54-21 win at Fernley (1-1, 4-3) Friday night.
Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer said it was a bit of a strange game, with a biting wind and periods of rain making it difficult to pass the ball and big plays by both teams dominating the first half.
Two or three plays into the game, Shaffer said junior defensive back Nick Tennant scooped up a Fernley fumble near midfield and returned it for a touchdown to put Truckee on the board.
That was just the first of many momentum-changing plays in the first half, as Fernley then recovered a Truckee fumble and capitalized with a scoring drive. Truckee blocked the extra-point attempt.
Senior wingback Andrew Mazzini answered with a 72-yard run for a touchdown, then scored again on a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Mazzini finished with 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just three carries.
The Vaqueros responded with a 55-yard pass reception for their second touchdown of the game.
Junior halfback Keven Sahlberg capped the scoring in the first half with a 62-yard run for another Truckee touchdown.
“It was a good game to watch,” Shaffer said. “There were a lot of big plays on both sides.”
Senior fullback Drew Stewart got in on the scoring in the third quarter with two touchdowns, one on a 3-yard run and another on a 22-yarder.
Between Stewart’s pair of third-quarter TDs, Sahlberg also found the end zone on a 4-yard run.
After Fernley scored its final points on a 27-yard pass play in the third quarter, Sahlberg added one final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run. He finished with 184 yards rushing and three TDs on 15 carries.
The Vaqueros proved to be a physical team, Shaffer said. At times, though, he thought their aggressiveness ” they threw many blitzes ” contributed to some of Truckee’s long TD runs.
Also factoring in on Truckee’s big plays was its offensive line, which Shaffer said did a good job of clearing holes for running backs, even when the Vaqueros blitzed.
Truckee junior B.J. Carter played the first three quarters at quarterback while junior Tucker Ballister took over in the fourth quarter. Due to the windy and slick conditions, Shaffer said the Wolverines mainly kept the ball on the ground, completing only 3 of 5 passes for 18 yards.
The Wolverines are now tied for first place in the Northern 3A with Dayton (2-0, 6-0). The Dust Devils, coming off a 41-13 win over Lowry over the weekend, visit Truckee Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Since starting the season 0-2 and getting outscored 48-21, the Wolverines have gone 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 170-41 ” averaging 42.5 points per win while allowing an average of just over 10 points. During the current four-game winning streak, Truckee has put up more points each game, scoring 33 on Peidmont, 40 on Winters, 43 against Lowry and 54 against Fernley.
Truckee 54, Fernley 21
Truckee 14 13 20 7
Fernley 6 8 7 0
Andrew Mazzini 3-148
Drew Stewart 7-59
Keven Sahlberg 15-184
Tucker Nevin 4-19
Cruz Esquivel 12-47
Northern 3A scores
Sparks 28, Spring Creek 0
Dayton 41, Lowry 13
Northern 3A standings
Dayton 2-0, 6-0
Truckee 2-0, 4-2
Sparks 1-1, 5-1
Fernley 1-1, 4-3
Lowry 0-2, 1-5