Wolverines roll into state football finals
November 14, 2009
TRUCKEE – Truckee’s defense bullied its larger opposition, Vince Shaffer hauled in three touchdown passes and the Wolverines coasted to a 35-8 semifinal win against Boulder City on Saturday.
“I never like to lose, but Truckee is a tremendous team,” said Boulder City head coach Alex Kazel, whose Eagles entered as the third seed from the Southern 3A. “Their kids play very, very hard. I was impressed.”
With the win Truckee (11-0 overall, 8-0 3A) earned a state title date with two-time defending state champ Moapa Valley. The state championship is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Nov. 21 at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno.
Moapa Valley, which defeated Truckee 35-16 in last year’s state championship, routed Fernley 43-0 on Saturday in their semifinal.
That’s fine by Truckee.
“We’d like to see an all-North state championship, because people have doubted how tough the Northern 3A is, but deep down I think we all would love to play Moapa Valley again,” Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer said, before knowing the results of the Southern semifinal.
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“We’d better bring our A-game, because Moapa is a very good football team.”
Boulder City (7-5 overall) was no pushover, as the Eagles became the first 3A opponent to hold the Wolverines under 40 points this season, as well as the first team to score a touchdown on Truckee’s defense in five games.
Still, the Wolverines were never threatened Saturday. They found the end zone on their second offensive play, struck again midway through the first quarter and added a touchdown each of the final three quarters to seal the win.
Truckee’s defense, meanwhile, had only one major lapse. It came halfway through the fourth quarter, when tight end Preston Swasey received a pitch on an end around and threw a bomb to a wide-open Kyle Dimpel behind the secondary for a 68-yard score.
The Wolverines responded with a third touchdown pass of the day from junior quarterback Ben Bolton to Vince Shaffer – a 41-yard strike that pushed the lead to 35-8 with 4:49 left in the game.
Shaffer, a senior wingback and defensive back, had a stellar day overall, with an interception on defense, three touchdown catches of 29, 55 and 41 yards, and a game-high 141 yards receiving on six catches.
“Ben just got the ball to me at the right spot at the right time,” he said of his quarterback, who finished 12 of 21 for 239 yards, with three TDs and one interception.
After the first Bolton-to-Shaffer TD on Truckee’s opening drive, the Wolverines marched 43 yards on three plays on their next possession before senior halfback Jordan Deiro bust through a hole and into the end zone from 15 yards out.
Luis Aguilar kicked the extra point – he was a perfect 5-for-5 on the day – for a 14-0 lead with 6:04 left in the opening quarter.
Senior fullback and linebacker Jackson Weed carried Truckee’s ground game, scoring the next touchdown on a 10-yard run late in the second quarter and finishing with a game-high 80 yards on seven carries.
While the Eagles held the Wolverines to 106 yards rushing in the game, Truckee’s defense stuffed the Boulder City running attack for minus-38 yards total. Senior Ross Lamarca, who traded snaps with Washburn at QB, was sacked seven times for minus-64 yards.
The Eagles were more successful through the air, as three players combined to finish 7 of 13 for 134 yards – counting the 68-yard TD from their tight end.
“They came out ready to play,” Vince Shaffer said of the Eagles. “You’ve got to give them credit.”