Whittell sprints past Coleville
It still looks like the road to the Western 1A 8-man football championship runs through Zephyr Cove.
Two-time defending league champion Whittell sprinted to a 76-8 homecoming win Friday night against Coleville in a matchup between undefeated teams at Gary Lundergreen Field. Five players combined to score 10 touchdowns for Whittell (1-0 league, 3-0 overall) against Coleville (1-1, 3-1).
“Although we are much improved over last year, we still aren’t in Whittell’s league,” Coleville coach Will Sandy noted. “Defensively we weren’t able to shed blocks or tackle the speedy Whittell running backs.”
Whittell was led by quarterback Dismas Womack with 102 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Dalton Warswick ran for 152 yards and two TDs on five carries, while Isaiah Womack ran for 109 yards on three carries, including a 75-yard dash.
Omar Saldivar had 57 yards and one touchdown on four receptions for the Wolves. Saldivar scored in the third quarter and then caught a pass for the two-point conversion. Cody Gottfried rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries.
Ignacio Estrada-Cota provided a highlight on defense with an interception.
“We are not a big, physical team that pounds out yardage but we are very quick,” Warriors coach Phil Bryant told the Tahoe Daily Tribune. “When we get a little daylight, we are able to get through an opening and once we are to the second level we are hard to catch. The line does a great job of opening holes and the backs find them quickly — and turn short yardage into big plays.”
Whittell hosts Virginia City Friday night in a game that figures to determine the league championship. The Wolves host Pyramid Lake this Saturday.
“Coleville has a big line and came into the game with the league’s leading rusher, passer and receiver,” Bryant said. “They come at you hard on every play and that was good preparation for the Virginia City game this week.”