The Coleville Wolves football team defeated the arch rival Smith Valley Bulldogs by a final score of 56 to 40, the first win over the Bulldogs in more than a decade.
The game started well for the Wolves with freshman Emmi Sandoval catching a 53-yard pass touchdown pass thrown by sophomore Jason Peters on the first series. Senior Trevor Anderson scored on a 10-yard reception on the next series to put the Wolves up 14-0. Smith Valley took control of the momentum late in the first quarter and went on to score five unanswered touchdowns to take a 34-14 lead into the locker room. The Wolves committed all 6 of their turnovers in the second quarter and were total demoralized at halftime.
Coleville battled back in the second half and went on to score 42 points to Smith Valley's 6 to salvage the victory. Anderson led the comeback with 4 second half touchdown receptions. Anderson led all Coleville receivers with 144 yards on 10 receptions and his five touchdown catches set a school record. Sandoval also played a significant role with a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown. Quarterback Peters who struggled in the second quarter throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice regained his composure in the second half and ended with 316 yards passing and 6 touchdown passes on a 19-26 day. Junior fullback Will Goode led the Wolves with 56 yards on the ground and scored on a 23-yard run.
Defensive Coleville was led by Sean Sherlock with three solos and seven assists and Carlos Hernandez with 2 solos, 8 assists, and 1 sack.
"I was very proud of the way we battled back in the second half. I was especially proud of the way Trevor Anderson, whose home was severely damaged in a fire the day before, played. The team showed a lot of courage battling back after playing so poorly in the second quarter and Trevor deserves much of the credit."
The next game is Saturday, at Lee Vining with a 1 p.m. kick-off.