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Wolverines shut down state champ Spartans 26-6

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

“A very big win,” is how ever-modest Tahoe-Truckee High School football head coach Bob Shaffer described Saturday’s 26-6 win against defending state champions Spring Creek.

“If someone had told me at the beginning of the season we would be 5-0 at this point, I probably wouldn’t have taken that bet,” Shaffer said.

But Truckee is, in fact, undefeated, and may have its toughest regular-season games behind it.

On the offensive side, Truckee rushed 37 times for 197 yards, while the Spartans rushed 25 times for a total of 11 yards, a credit to the Truckee defense.

“Our defense did well again,” said Shaffer. “That’s what championships are made of.”

Truckee scored first on a 23-yard field goal attempt from Mark Thiel, good for three. David Decoit scored on a 17-yard pass from Chris Gerdin, with Jeff Andrs running in the two-point conversion.

Andrs later scored big on a 78-yard pass from Gerdin, with Thiel kicking the extra point. Gerdin then ran in a two-yard touchdown, with Thiel again there for the successful extra point.

Rushing

Josh Wilson again led rushing with 21 carries for 127 yards. Andrs had 12 carries for 64 yards and Gerdin had two carries for four yards.

DeCoit and Casey Nelson each had a single carry for one yard.

Passing

Gerdin completed 12 of 20 passes for 247 yards, including two touchdowns.

The Spartans’ passing game totaled 13 of 33 for 96 yards, one touchdown in the third quarter and an interception.

Receiving

Josh Anagnos had one catch for 13 yards, while Victor Corall had one for 44 yards.

Paul DeCarlo caught one pass for 34 yards and DeCoit caught three for 44 yards.

Geoff Hovorka caught three passes for 40 yards, Josh Wilson caught two for 20 yards and Andrs caught one for 78 yards.

Looking ahead

Even after the impressive stats, Shaffer is hesitant to speak freely about the postseason, which begins in five weeks.

“That’s a long ways away,” he said. “The biggest thing (this win) gave us is the inside track to hosting in the postseason.”

Shaffer pointed out that Truckee is still tied in league play with Fernley and North Tahoe, both of which are undefeated in division play, as well.

Truckee will host North Tahoe Oct. 17 in Truckee, and will travel to Fernley for the last regular-season game on Oct. 30.

Still, Shaffer knew when he planned the schedule that the tougher Sacramento teams at the beginning of the season would be good preparation for the second half.

He also knows it’s no good for his team to rest on their laurels.

“The rest of the 3A teams will catch up to us if we don’t keep improving. If we stay content, we’re going to get caught.”

Shaffer predicted Truckee will see Spring Creek again this year.

Coming up for the Wolverines are the Battle Mountain Longhorns (3-1 overall, 0-1 league), who lost 33-16 to North Tahoe last week. The Longhorns are under the helm of coach Tim Knight and senior quarterback Brian Ellis.

“They mix it up good between the run and pass and their quarterback is decent,” Shaffer said. “Two years ago, we went to Battle Mountain undefeated and we lost, so I’m telling the kids about that. They’re good enough that they can do it again this year.”

Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain Friday.

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