The Wolverines are in the win column.
After opening the season with three consecutive losses, the Truckee football team defeated winless Sparks 47-13 on the road Friday night.
“It was a good win,” Truckee coach Josh Ivens said. “Hats off to the kids. They had a good week of practice … they were pretty determined to get that win.”
Led by big offensive performances by quarterback Louden Smith and running back Austin Vance, the Wolverines jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and carried a 27-13 lead into the half. They scored 20 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters.
Vance rushed for a game-high 221 yards on 11 carries, with a long run of 60 yards and two touchdowns. Smith, taking advantage of good protection from his offensive line, completed seven of his 11 attempts for 226 yards and one TD.
“He had some nice cut-backs and showed good quickness,” Ivens said of Vance. “And Louden played well too. He made some big plays.”
Senior fullback Lance Bokinskie scored two rushing touchdowns on the night, while Tanner Sawyer and Gabe Deiro rushed for one apiece. Thor Retzlaff caught two passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, Sawyer had three catches for 69 yards, and Sean Daniel caught one ball for 57 yards.
After allowing 131 points through the first three games, Truckee’s defense showed marked improvement in holding the Railroaders scoreless in three of four quarters, Ivens said.
“There was a point in the game (second quarter) when we started making mistakes,” Ivens said. “But we made some stops for once. One of our goals was to shut them out in the first quarter, because we’ve given up way too many points in the first quarter, and we were able to do that.”
Sparks (0-4) scored both its touchdowns in the second quarter, on a short run following a long kick return, and on a 57-yard run by quarterback Mastor Sells. The senior QB led Sparks with 104 rushing yards on 14 carries, while he was 8-of-9 passing for 46 yards.
Defensively for the Wolverines, senior Mitch Harrity led the way with 17 tackles (12 solo) from his new linebacker position, where Ivens moved him, from defensive end, after last week’s loss at Elko.
“He was all over the field. So was Greg Engler,” said Ivens, who moved Engler from linebacker to defensive tackle.
Bokinskie recorded 13 tackles, Retzlaff and Deiro had 10 apiece, and Engler nine. Engler had Truckee’s only sack.
The Wolverines (1-3) will host Spring Creek on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m.