Quarterback Seth Huhta threw five touchdown passes, two of which were caught by tight end Ricky Gieser, on Friday night as the Coleville Wolves cruised to a 56-12 Western Division IV 8-man football victory at Pyramid Lake 56-12.
Coleville (6-0 league, 8-0 overall) closed out its perfect regular season and now heads into the state playoffs. The Wolves host Carlin in the first round of the Division IV state playoffs at noon on Saturday.
Coming off critical wins in back-to-back weekends against Virginia City and Mineral County, the Wolves were able to take a little bit of a breather against the Pyramid Lake Lakers (0-9, 0-6) in Nixon.
Breather? Colveville coach Will Sandy noted the Lakers were much better than their record shows and gave the Wolves a good opportunity to prepare for the postseason.
“It was actually a much tougher game than the score may have suggested,” Sandy said. “Pyramid Lake is very big and physical, and they played hard for all four quarters. They had a very strong running game and were very hard to run against.
“I think this game could really help us next week when we face Carlin,” he added. “Carlin will rely on a very strong running game and a physical defense.”
Jacob Park took a 37-yard screen pass from Huhta for the first touchdown, Nestor Gutierrez caught a 25-yard TD pass and Park scored on a 1-yard run as the Wolves led 20-0 after one quarter. Miguel Saldivar picked up a fumble that was forced by Huhta and ran the ball back for a 99-yard touchdown return in the second quarter.
Gieser scored on 60- and 66-yard receptions in the third period, aided in both cases by downfield blocks from Gutierrez and Saldivar. Gieser finished with 5 receptions for 158 yards.
Huhta threw for 287 yards, however, the senior quarterback was intercepted twice. The Wolves had three turnovers in the game.
Huhta had a hand in 18 tackles, Joel Gomez 15 and Park 15 each, while Gieser added 14. Jack Peters had 10 tackles, including a quarterback sack.