Leave it to the Vaqueros to spoil another Truckee win streak.
The same football team that ended the Wolverines’ 41-game win streak last season ended Truckee’s two-game run with a 54-27 victory in Fernley on Friday night.
“We battled in the first half,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens, adding that a series of miscues and misfortune at the end of the second quarter put the Wolverines in a hole.
After the Wolverines pulled even at 14-14 on a touchdown pass from Louden Smith to Tanner Sawyer with about 4 minutes remaining in the first half, the Vaqueros scored 14 unanswered points to close the half with a 28-14 lead.
Truckee’s kickoff team allowed a big return across midfield following the tying score. Despite losing their starting quarterback, Skylar Williams, to injury, the Vaqueros drove the rest of the field behind backup QB Kevin Montgomery before scoring the go-ahead touchdown.
Anfernee Sloan then picked off a Truckee pass on the ensuing possession and returned it to the Truckee 36-yard line. That set up the Vaqueros for another TD just seconds before the half, as senior running back Erik Wilson scored on a fourth-and-5 play from the 31. The Wolverines thought he stepped out of bounds at the 2, but the officials saw it differently.
The Wolverines were in for just as rough of a second half.
Fernley extended its lead to 41-21 in the third quarter before outscoring Truckee 14-6 in the fourth. Ivens said Truckee’s defense had trouble stopping the Vaqueros’ read option, which the athletic Montgomery ran well in place of Williams.
“We couldn’t stop anybody who stepped on the field for them,” said Ivens, adding that Truckee had 67 missed tackles and allowed 544 yards of total offense, including 372 yards rushing.
Wilson led the Fernley attack with 115 yards rushing on 15 attempts, while Brian Reyes had 89 yards on 10 carries and Williams finished with 88 yards rushing on 14 attempts, despite his limited action. Both Fernley quarterbacks accounted for two touchdowns.
For Truckee, Smith completed 13 of his 23 pass attempts for 201 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Sawyer finished with 101 receiving yards on four catches, with one TD, and senior Sean Daniel had three catches for 31 yards and two TDs.
Senior fullback Lance Bokinskie led the Wolverines’ ground game, which totaled 212 yards, with 73 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Senior Austin Vance rushed for 63 yards on eight attempts, and Smith rushed for 52 yards on four attempts.
“The bright spot was our offense. They kept us around,” Ivens said.
Truckee senior Thor Retzlaff led the defense with 12 tackles (eight solo) before leaving the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Logan Nicholas had nine tackles, Mitch Harrity had eight and Greg Engler seven.
Truckee fell to 2-4 on the season as Fernley improved to 5-1.
The Wolverines travel to Wooster on Friday before closing the regular season with consecutive home games Sept. 26 against Fallon and Nov. 2 against South Tahoe.