SPRING CREEK – Homecoming night in Spring Creek was a somber affair, the Truckee Wolverines owning the action and rolling to a 33-0 shutout victory.
Truckee received the opening kick and picked up a first down before stalling out.
The Spartans dodged a bullet when senior quarterback Marcus Bellon worked outside and launched a deep ball down the field, the wide-open receiver dropping the catch at the Spring Creek 20.
Senior Dorian Ard forced an incompletion on third down and a fourth-down pass down the left sideline went through the hands of the intended receiver.
Spring Creek took over on downs.
The Spartans were shut down and went three-and-out, punting to the Truckee 24.
Junior Dace Draper flew down the field and made a great tackle in space.
The Wolverines marched backward, committing a block in the back and fumbling the football.
Spring Creek junior Tanner Chiquete defended an incomplete pass well in on the outside, but Truckee flipped the field with a huge play on third down.
Bellon launched a pass down the seam to senior running back Marcus Trotter, who broke numerous tackles and race for an 80-yard gain to the Spring Creek 11.
A rush by Bellon on an option-keeper moved the ball to the 3, the drive capped by a plunge by Trotter off the left guard.
The extra point by senior Emmanuel Valenzuela-Jones gave the Wolverines a 6-0 lead with 6:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Spring Creek began its next drive at its own 23, going three-and-out once again – passes to the left flat to senior Reed Westwood appearing promising but swarmed under by the attacking, speedy Truckee defense.
The Wolverines started their possession at their own 40, moving the sticks with a rush by Bellon.
Senior Derek Laferriere toted the rock for another chain-mover, and senior Sean Kelly ran over a defender and stayed on his feet for a 14-yard run to the Spring Creek 20.
Truckee went with a play-action pass to senior Jackson Skaff, who broke several tackles and moved the ball to the 8.
Laferriere hit the truck stick, dragging a defender into the end zone.
The PAT gave the Wolverines a 14-0 lead with 1:13 remaining in the first period.
Senior Kyle Owsley set up the Spartans in good field position with a kick return from the 20 to the 39, but the Truckee defense blasted all direct-snap running attempts and used a big sack by senior Brennen Conklin placed Spring Creek in a hole.
The Spartans’ punt only traveled to the Truckee 42.
Laferriere picked up a first down on a reverse from senior Kevin Malo, but the Wolverines marched back on consecutive false starts.
Spring Creek senior Payton Bockness sacked Bellon, but Truckee made another crucial play on 3rd-and-long.
Bellon faced high heat and spun away from pressure, making numerous defenders miss.
He retreated nearly 15 yards and rolled to the left, throwing back across his body to Skaff for a 22-yard gain to the Spring Creek 23.
Malo moved the chains with a rush to the 12, the drive capped by a three-yard TD by Trotter.
The extra point opened a 21-0 lead with 6:53 remaining in the half.
Owsley made another great return up the left side to midfield, and the Spartans picked up a first down on a pass from Westwood to Guthrie.
Guthrie ran for another first down but a holding penalty killed the drive.
Bellon completed a 22-yard pass to senior Dakota Allen-Gill on third down, but the drive came to a close – Bockness making another sack.
Spring Creek trailed 21-0 at the break.
The Spartans only managed one first down and 27 yards of total offense by halftime, Truckee posting 276 at the break.
Spring Creek went three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half.
Trotter picked up a first down, but Truckee’s drive went from the Spring Creek 11 back to the 29 with a huge sack.
A long kick missed wide-right.
Spring Creek sustained their longest drive with first downs by Westwood and Guthrie, moving the ball to the Truckee 47.
Junior Marc Piazza carried for nine yards, and Guthrie carried to the Wolverines’ 34.
The drive closed with a turnover on downs.
Kelly moved the Wolverines down the field with his legs, Laferriere catching a 15-yard pass to the Spring Creek 25 and snagging another to the 10-yard line.’
The capper came on a Bellon pass to senior Drew Wingard.
The kick was missed, but the Wolverines led 27-0 with 8:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Spring Creek’s kick return left the Spartans at their own 2 after a blind-side block, and another penalty took away a first down.
Kicking from the shadow of the goal post, the kick traveled just 20 yards.
From the Spring Creek 22, Bellon needed just two carries.
He rushed 12 yards for a first down and walked in from 10 yards-out after a great ball fake.
The extra point was missed once again, but Truckee extended to a 33-0 lead with 5:39 remaining in the game.
Westwood returned the ensuing kick to the Truckee 45, and Guthrie executed an option to perfection for a 15-yard gain to the Truckee 26.
However, it was not Spring Creek’s night.
Bellon intercepted a pass at the 21-yard line, preserving the shutout.
Truckee improved to 8-1 in league play with a 33-0 victory, dropping the Spartans to 5-3 after consecutive losses.
Spring Creek will close the regular season with a 7 p.m. Friday date with the Indians (6-2), in Elko, at Warrior Field.
The Indians defeated Lowry on the road Friday night by a final score of 42-13.