Hometown weather proved to be a significant advantage for the Wolverines as the Truckee’s Pee Wee football team braved the cold and heavy rain to earn a 12-0 victory over the Sparks Wolf Pack this past Saturday.
With the offense being plagued by dropped balls, penalties and miscues, the team relied on a strong red wall defense to keep the Wolf Pack out of the end zone. The front line of Nate Bromley, Sebastian Hall, Tyler Corso, Hunter Kacarka and Connor McMullen shut down the Sparks power running attack.
Truckee’s wing-T offense marched the ball up and down the field all day. However, mistakes kept them out of the end zone. With the ball on Sparks 2-yard line, backup quarterback Aidan Kane dropped for a handoff, but the running back had slipped and fallen. The quick thinking QB found a gap and punched it in for six. The PAT failed.
The weather conditions limited the passing attack to a single 5-yard connection between QB Braedy Santens and Owen Slusher. Power, up-the-middle running was key on the day and the workload was carried by Dillon Kane, Dakota Allen-Gill, Carter Corso, McMullen and several tough carries by Santens.
The defense helped itself with fumble recoveries by McMullen (two), Patrick Hogan and Aidan Kane. Carter Corso, Aidan Kane, McMullen and Bromley provided key stops with tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
“Any time you can get defensive turnovers and tackles for a loss you have a great chance to win the ball game,” said Truckee coach Chris Skaff. “The defense forced four fumbles today, Patrick Hogan and Aidan each had recoveries, and Connor had two. Aidan was a wrecking ball on defense today. Along with the fumble he batted a pass down and had a couple tackles for losses.”
Trying to stretch the lead Truckee marched down the field with hard-fought, between-the-tackles carries. With a third-and-goal on the 13-yard line, Truckee changed the play calling and tossed the ball to Hogan on a sweep. Following key blocks by Gavin Kelly, Nate Bromley and Slusher, Hogan made a great cut to make a Sparks player miss and sprinted around the right end for the final score of the day. The PAT failed when Truckee fumbled the handoff.
Desperate to break the shutout Sparks dropped back and threw an errant pass that was tipped in the air and caught by a Sparks player. With a 15-yard head start the Sparks player raced towards the end zone only to be caught by a hustling Owen Elvrum.
“Had it not been for the outstanding effort by Elvrum we would not have preserved the shutout and a touchdown would have opened the door to Sparks,” said Truckee coach Steve Hogan. “His tackle slammed the door and preserved the victory.”
Truckee Pee Wees have a bye this week and get back on the field at River View Sport Park on Oct. 5 against the same Sparks Wolf Pack.