Coleville’s Gottfried hits 1,000 rushing yards for season in loss
Sam Strahan rushed for 256 yards and five touchdowns Saturday when Virginia City all but clinched the Western 1A 8-man football championship with its 60-6 victory at home against Coleville.
Virginia City (5-0 league, 7-0 overall) led 22-0 after one quarter and 54-6 at halftime against Coleville (4-2, 6-2). The Wolves turned the ball over four times (three fumbles and one interception).
“We were pretty much overmatched,” Coleville coach Will Sandy noted. “Virginia City dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage, outplaying our offensive and defensive lines most of the day.”
Among the highlights for the Wolves, tailback Cody Gottfried reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season as he gained 69 yards on 21 carries. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior has now rushed for 1,013 yards (126.6-yard per game average) in his first season as a full-time starter at Coleville.
“He had to work very hard for his 69 yards rushing,” Sandy said.
Strahan scored on five of his eight carries for the Muckers. The senior has rushed for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Ireland Franklin also rushed for 89 yards and one touchdown on four carries for the Muckers. Franklin had a 62-yard punt return for another touchdown and had one interception with a 45-yard return.
Coleville’s Andrew Robles completed seven of 16 passes for 85 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Wolves scored their touchdown on Omar Saldivar’s 45-yard reception in the second quarter.
“I thought Andrew Robles played well at quarterback considering the high winds and being chased all day by the Muckers’ defense,” Sandy noted.
Chris Otero led the Wolves defensively with six tackles (three solo), including one sack.
Coleville concludes its season Friday night against Mineral County in Hawthorne.
Virginia City has two games left on its regular season schedule, this coming Saturday at home against Sierra Lutheran and Oct. 27 at Pyramid Lake.
Micah Badillo rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to help lead Smith Valley to a 54-17 win against Sierra Lutheran on Saturday.
Smith Valley (1-5 league, 3-5 overall) led 14-0 after one quarter and 22-10 at halftime against Sierra Lutheran (1-4, 1-6).
Ryan Salerno threw a touchdown pass to Nathan Waite, who had four receptions for 52 yards for the Falcons. Alex Bernard also had a six-yard touchdown reception.
John Miles also kicked a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter. The freshman is 3-for-5 on field goal attempts this season.
Cole Contreras rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries and Nathan Waite rushed for 38 yards on six carries.
Bernhard led the Falcons defensively with 13 tackles (six solo).