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Whittell football shuts out North Tahoe 68-0, rolls to 8-0

Whittell quarterback Colin Buchholz eludes a diving tackle attempt by a North Tahoe defender in the Warriors’ nonleague contest at the Lakers on Saturday, Oct. 24.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Whittell football team moved one step closer to an undefeated regular season with a lopsided win Saturday, Oct. 24. The Warriors blanked North Tahoe 68-0, pitching their fifth shutout of the season en route to an eighth-straight victory.

“We were very happy with our play,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant said.

Quarterback Colin Buchholz threw four touchdowns and running back Corey Huber scored five consecutive touchdowns in the first half as Whittell (8-0) built a big early lead and coasted to victory. The Warriors amassed 485 yards of offense and led 46-0 after one quarter.

“It was a very fast start again for us,” Bryant said.

By halftime, Whittell had a commanding 62-0 lead after adding 16 points in the second quarter — the second half was played with a running clock. The loss left North Tahoe (0-9) winless for the season; the independent Lakers returned to the gridiron in 2015 after a one-year hiatus.

“North Tahoe was a very young team and their inexperience showed, especially on defense,” Bryant said.

Huber led the Warriors’ ground game with 156 of the team’s 313 rushing yards. Buchholz completed five of his eight pass attempts for 172 yards, and Caleb Moretti tallied 93 yards on two receptions, including a 62-yard touchdown catch for the game’s first score.

Palmer Chaplin also caught two touchdown passes, and Isaiah Womack rounded out the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.

North Tahoe struggled to move the ball against the Warriors’ defense, which limited the hosts to 58 yards of total offense and five first downs. Chaplin and Womack each finished with an interception in the win, and Whittell recovered three fumbles — the shutout was its fourth in the last five games.

“It was nice to get another shutout, and it shows the backup players have the same pride as then starting group,” Bryant said.

Whittell remained undefeated on the season despite missing starters Aubrey Felton, Dismas Womack, Trinity Dickinson and Kai Mangiaracina. All of the Warriors’ starters were out of the game midway through the second quarter — among the reserves, Isaiah Womack, Caleb Byer, Kaven Peck, Gunnar Barnwell and Trent Dingman each delivered strong performances.

The Warriors conclude the regular season at home Thursday, Oct. 29, against Smith Valley (2-6, 1-5) — kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. With a win, the Warriors secure the outright Div. IV West League championship and earn the league’s top seed in the state playoffs.

“We need to stay on top of our game,” Bryant said. “We lost a first round playoff game on the road last year and want to get a home win in round one this year.”

Tribune Sports Editor Anthony Gentile contributed to this report.

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