The Truckee Wolverines in the Maverick Division of the Sierra Youth Football League played their best game this past Saturday in terms of offensive yardage pounded out and defensive yardage surrendered since their win in week one.
The 7- and 8-year-olds dominated the visiting Damonte Ranch Mustangs in time of possession. They ran more dives, sweeps, keepers, screens and a short-yardage pass over any previous game.
The offense moved the ball efficiently and threatened to score from inside the Mustangs 20-yard line twice. Quarterback Tavin Hamilton dumped off a screen to running back Hutton Johnson, who cut back into the middle for a gain of 2 yards to reach the Mustangs 16-yard line. The drive then sputtered out on the next two plays and the Wolverines turned the ball over on downs.
Later in the same second quarter, the Wolverines got as far as the Mustangs 15-yard line on two separate plays. Hamilton took a keeper up the middle to reach the 15. Johnson also thundered through the same hole in the middle of the Mustangs defense to reach the 15 again after the two plays were interrupted by a false start penalty against Truckee. The drive ended on Johnson's run as time expired in the first half with the Wolverines trailing the Mustangs 13-0.
The Wolverines got back into the Mustangs side of the field only once in the second half and ended up losing the game 25-0.
Sawyer Burley set the Wolverines up at their own 48-yard line when he recovered a muffed punt in the fourth quarter for the Wolverines first turnover of the season. Three plays later running back Jackson Kahl took a handoff up the middle to move the Wolverines from the 50 to the Mustangs 49-yard line. The next play Truckee was flagged for a false start and never again saw the Mustangs side of the field.
The Wolverines offense was led by Johnson, who punched 12 carries up the middle and to the right for a total of 47 yards. He also reeled in two screen passes for a total of 1 yard. His biggest gain on the day was his 30-yard kick return that went around the right side.
The other offensive contributors were running back Damon Parisi and Hamilton. Both tore off the biggest chunks of yardage from the scrimmage line with gains of 8 yards.
Parisi finished with 4 yards on nine carries as the blocking broke down on a couple of his other runs. He also had a 6-yard kick return and a 2-yard punt return.
Hamilton also suffered the same blocking fate as Parisi. His total yardage was knocked down after his gain of 8 to 2 yards on five carries.
Hamilton completed three of his five pass attempts for 6 yards. His longest completion was a pass to tight end Burley that was brought down after a pickup of 5.
The Wolverines were led in tackles by defensive tackle Colton Conklin for the second game in a row. His 11 tackles in the game ties him with defensive tackle Matthew Seline for the most tackles for the season.
Seline turned in seven tackles. Five of those tackles were behind the line of scrimmage, including a sack. Linebacker Jason Roth finished with seven tackles, including a sack.
Defensive ends Johnson and Carsen Jensen tallied six tackles each. Johnson turned in four tackles behind the line of scrimmage and Jensen got in on a four-man sack.
Defensive tackle Peter Reoutt made four of his five tackles on the day in the third quarter. Linebacker Jacob Moule was also particular about when and where he made his tackles. All his tackles were in the second half and were all behind the line of scrimmage.
Linebacker Kahl got in on two tackles. Cornerback Galdino Bravo-Karvonen stopped a touchdown with one of his two tackles.
Cornerback Parisi and defensive end Burley brought one runner down. Hamilton contributed a tackle on special teams play. Cornerback Alex Roberts made his first tackle of the season with some flare as he was the fourth in on a four-man sack in the fourth quarter.
Next up for the Wolverines (1-5) are the North Valleys Panthers (1-5) in Reno on Saturday at noon.