Seniors spark Wolves to big win
Omar Saldivar and Cody Gottfried led the way Saturday when the Coleville Wolves celebrated homecoming with a 40-26 Western 1A 8-man football victory against Excel Christian.
Gottfried rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns, while Saldivar caught two touchdown passes and had a hand in 22 tackles (16 solo) to lead the defensive charge as Coleville (4-1 league, 6-1 overall) won a game that also marked the team’s Senior Day.
“We had a very successful homecoming and Senior Day,” Coleville coach Will Sandy said. “Despite the many distractions, we played pretty well against a very tough Excel Christian team.”
For Sandy, the win was his 157th as Coleville’s head football coach, which now ranks No. 6 on the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association all-time list.
More important, though, the Wolves remained tied for second-place in the league standings with Whittell and Mineral County and kept their playoff hopes alive with two regular season games remaining. The Wolves play this Saturday at league-leading Virginia City and Oct. 21 against Mineral County in Hawthorne.
Two teams from the conference will move on to the 1A state playoffs, which begin the weekend of Nov. 4-5.
On Saturday, the Wolves took some time to enjoy their big win over Excel Christian (2-2, 4-2).
“In their final home game our five seniors had outstanding games,” Sandy noted.
Saldivar gave the Wolves a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when he caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Robles. Gottfried scored on 45- and 1-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter, while Saldivar caught a pass from Robles for a 2-point conversion that put Coleville on top at halftime, 20-8.
Robles ran 8 yards for another touchdown and Gottfried rushed for the conversion to make it 28-14 after three quarters.
Senior Ignacio Estrada-Cota caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Robles and Saldivar added a 24-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter to close out the win. Saldivar finished with five receptions for 71 yards.
Coleville’s two other seniors, Lucas Loggins and Slone McCann, played key roles on the defensive side. Loggins was in on 10 tackles (five solo, five assists) and McCann eight tackles (four solo, four assists) to go with one fumble recovery.
Robles was 8-for-14 for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Gottfried rushed for a 7.4-yard average on 32 carries.
Excel Christian quarterback Noah Denson rushed for 112 yards plus he completed 6 of 11 passes for 132 yards with one touchdown. Jesus Chavez caught four passes for 102 yards and one touchdown.
MINERAL COUNTY 42,
SIERRA LUTHERAN 7
The Mineral County Serpents surged to a 36-0 halftime lead en route to its league win at Sierra Lutheran.
Cole Contreras put Sierra Lutheran (1-3, 1-5) on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with an 85-yard kick return.
Contreras rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries and Nathan Waite caught two passes for 37 yards to lead Sierra Lutheran offensively.
Thomas Mellum had an interception and Kyman Berger a fumble recovery for the Falcons.
Mineral County improved to 4-1 in league (4-2 overall).