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Truckee drubs Sparks, 56-0
by Sylas Wright - Sierra Sun
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Photo by Sylas Wright - Sparks quarterback Geo Vasquez gets off a pass during the Railroaders' 56-0 loss at Truckee Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Sylas Wright - Sparks quarterback Geo Vasquez gets off a pass during the Railroaders' 56-0 loss at Truckee Saturday afternoon.
TRUCKEE, Calif. — On paper, a struggling, winless Sparks at undefeated Truckee on Saturday seemed like a mismatch. And it was.

Six different Wolverines scored touchdowns as the hosts built a 28-0 first-quarter lead and led 42-0 at the half en route to a 56-0 drubbing.

The win marked No. 40 in a row for Truckee, a streak that ranks fourth in the nation in 11-man high school football. The Wolverines are now 4-0 on the season while the Railroaders fell to 0-5.

"It seemed like anything and everything we were calling early was working," said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer. "I credit the team, because they could have taken this game lightly. But the second half of the year we face some good teams, so we had to get better."

Behind the accurate passing of senior quarterback Erik Holmer, the Wolverines found the end zone on six of their seven possessions of the first half, needing four plays or fewer to score each touchdown. They scored on pass plays of 42 and 40 yards, both to senior tight end Zak Pettit, and runs of 48, 4, 27 and 29 yards, the final two by Graham Christian.

Holmer, playing with a mostly healed dislocated thumb on his throwing hand, completed 8 of his 10 passes in the first half for 155 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions. Junior backup Louden Smith was 2-for-2 in the game for 59 yards, including a 40-yard TD strike to Pettit in the first half.

"We kind of knew we wanted to work more on our passing game early, because we weren't sure how long we were going to be able to do that, and we needed to work on it. And I thought our offense was very efficient," said Shaffer, whose team ran a total of only 19 offensive plays in the first half.

In the second half, Truckee senior Javier Virrey scored on a 7-yard run late in the third quarter. Senior Jake Pettit, playing his first game of the season coming off a knee injury, intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter to round out the scoring. Smith converted his eighth PAT of the day to extend the score to the final margin.

Senior quarterback Geo Vasquez and the Railroaders came out throwing the ball often. But they had only marginal success against Truckee's defense, which has allowed just 21 points through four games. Vasquez threw 32 passes, completing 17 for 116 yards, but with three interceptions.

"They have a third-year starting quarterback, so we knew they would throw the ball, and we needed that," Shaffer said. "We needed to see a veteran quarterback."

Truckee held the Sparks running game to 34 yards on 34 carries, led by Nick Vandever's 30 yards on 14 touches. The Railroaders managed just 13 rushing yards on 21 attempts in the first half, while Vasquez was 10-of-19 for 70 yards through the first two quarters, with two picks.

”There were some positives. We were able to get some first downs on offense,” Sparks coach Rob Kittrell said. “We got over the 50 a couple times. Unfortunately, we didn’t score. It was probably the first time in a while that we didn’t give up any special teams touchdowns or any punt blocks and punt returns for a touchdown. Truckee usually seems to get one or two big special teams plays.”

Truckee's Tyler Curtis also scored on a 48-yard run in the first half, and Tyler Griffin scored from 4 yards out.

Sparks heads to Fallon Friday night.
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