Wolverines set to meet Boulder City after close one
Until Friday night, no one had truly challenged Truckee throughout a game, but the Wolverines slid past the 6-2 Fernley Vaqueros 41-29 in an extremely close match in the chilly desert.
“What did we do right?” asked head coach Bob Shaffer. “We won.”
But doing it right was not easy.
For one, penalties impeded Truckee’s forward motion down the field.
Shaffer, who normally seems to find the best in others, said, “As a crew, (the officials) didn’t do a very good job.
“Two of them took it upon themselves to control the football game.”
In fact, the same officials refereed a Truckee vs. Boulder City game two years ago, calling 41 penalties.
“They’re supposed to blend in with the game, not take it over,” Shaffer said.
Fernley was the first to score, on a one-yard running back run.
Truckee answered with a 35-yard runback from Josh Wilson for six. Wilson came through again for Truckee with a 10-yard run for another touchdown.
A Fernley receiver then took a 26-yard pass from Henderson for a touchdown to end the first quarter tied at 14.
In the second, Truckee would outscore Fernley 14-0 on a five-yard Jeff Andrs run and a 20-yard Wilson run.
At the beginning of the second half, with Truckee up 28-14, Fernley scored on an eight-yard pass from Henderson.
Andrs scored twice for Truckee in the third; once on a 26-yard run, and again on a 73-yard run.
While Truckee was scoreless in the final quarter, Fernley ran in an eight-yarder for the last score of the game.
“Our offensive line did a decent job, but they still have areas to get better at,” Shaffer said. “Defensively, we didn’t do too bad.”
Ten of the 17 first downs Truckee gave up came from penalties.
Andrs led Truckee’s rushing with 22 carries for 223 yards. The rest follow: Wilson, 12 carries for 164 yards; Chris Gerdin, one carry for 10 yards; Zach Wilson, one carry for five yards.
David DeCoit had one carry for one yard.
Fernley players rushed for 79 yards.
Gerdin completed six of 14 passes for 84 yards.
Fernley’s Henderson completed nine of 31 pass attempts for 84 yards.
“They did a decent job of taking away the pass,” Shaffer said. “We had some dropped passes we should have caught.”
DeCoit led the receiving for
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