For the first time in four years the Truckee youth football teams got to enjoy their version of “Friday Night Lights.”
The Truckee Red Mitey-Mite team of 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds prepared to play their formidable foes, the Douglas Tigers. Truckee went into the game with a 1-1 record, while Douglas held a 2-0 record.
The night was turning cold as the lights were turned on at Stodick Park in Gardnerville for the 8 p.m. game.
Douglas won the opening coin toss and decided to receive the ball. After the kickoff Douglas took possession on its own 35-yard line.
Truckee’s defense took the field, led by defensive tackles Jason Roth and Juan Arroyo, middle linebacker Galdino Bravo-Karvonen, and cornerback Jake Solberg.
Douglas, running the power I formation, moved the ball up the middle of the field and scored at the 7-minute mark of the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Truckee’s offense started possession on its 42-yard line. The offensive line consisting of center Sean McMullen, guards Ricci Espinoza and Jace Borden, tackles Aidan Anderson and Jared Gur, and ends Brandon Phillips and Tait Nicolas opened some nice holes in the Douglas defense.
Running backs Aidan Powers and Damon Parisi took advantage of those openings to lead Truckee down to the Douglas 8-yard line before Truckee turned the ball over on downs at the 4.
Douglas scored on its next two possessions despite good defensive plays by Casey Slusher and Christopher Luna. Douglas led 20-0 halfway through the second quarter.
Truckee’s offensive again used good blocking and hard running from Powers and Parisi to move the ball into Douglas territory.
Thanks to the sure hands of quarterback Ezra Scharp, the Truckee team was again moving the ball against the tough Douglas defense.
Unfortunately, the drive stalled and Douglas took over deep in its own territory. Douglas scored again before halftime to take a 26-0 lead.
Truckee came out in the second half determined to not let the Tigers score again. Led by their stingy defense they held the Douglas Tigers scoreless in the second half.
The Truckee offense used a variety of combinations of players to try and solve the Douglas defense. Unfortunately, none of the combinations worked well enough to get them into the end zone.
Despite battling cold weather conditions and a tough opponent from Douglas, the Truckee players should be proud of themselves for not giving up after a rough first half and battling through the second half and keeping Douglas from scoring again.
The Mitey-Mites will host the Sparks Cardinals at River View Sports Park in Truckee on Saturday at noon.