The Truckee Bandits hosted the Reed Raiders last Saturday in what was the first home game of the season for the Truckee 5- to 7-year-olds.
After kicking off to the Raiders, the Wolverines sent out their starting defense. After four quick plays the defense led by Sean McMullen, Jared Gur, Miles Kelly-Caruthers, Jake Solberg and Jessie Espinoza stopped Reed and turned the ball over to the Truckee offense.
With Rickie Espinoza, Connor Folks and Tait Nicholas making key blocks for the offense, Truckee moved the ball into the Raiders territory. Unfortunately, Truckee turned the ball over on a fumble. Again, the defense came up strong and forced a fumble of their own, giving the ball back to the offense.
This time Truckee took advantage of good runs by Aidan Powers, Will Atkinson and Jake Solberg to score their first touchdown of the game and led 7-0 after a successful extra point by Atkinson.
The Truckee defense continued to baffle the Raiders offense and after good plays by Stephen Borden and Casey Slusher gave to ball back to the offense in the second quarter.
The offense moved quickly downfield and after key blocks on the end by Drake Johnson and Powers, Atkinson ran into the end zone to give Truckee a 13-0 lead going into halftime.
Truckee started the second half with the ball and moved downfield after a powerful run by Solberg. With the ball on the 15, Ezra Scharp took a bootleg around the left end and scored his first touchdown of the year.
With a 19-0 lead, the defense again came up big, with Joey Green and Aiden England working hard at their defensive tackle positions. This time the Wolverines’ offense took over again in Raider territory.
Led by quarterback Caige Maran, the offense moved downfield behind great line play. McMullen on his second carry of the day took the ball into end zone, stiff-arming a defender on his way to his first touchdown of the season. Maran added the extra point on an excellent run to the far pylon and Truckee led 26-0.
Next time Truckee had the ball two new running backs, Quinn Krommenhoek and Cooper Smart, took their turn at running the ball. With time running out the Wolverines held the ball, leaving the final score at 26-0.
With their second straight shutout, the Bandits raised their record to 3-2 leading into their bye this weekend.
This team continues to work hard and will enjoy the time off getting ready for their next game Oct. 6 against Bishop at River View Sports Park in Truckee.