Wolves, Muckers to meet in 8-man showdown
So far, it’s been five games and five lopsided victories for the Coleville High football team.
Now it’s showdown time for the Wolves, who host the Virginia City Muckers on Saturday in a game between Western Division IV 8-man football leaders. The game kicks off at 1 p.m.
Never mind the numbers, which show Coleville (3-0 league, 5-0 overall) has outscored its opposition by a 280-28 count; or that Virginia City (3-0, 4-2) has lost non-league games to Carlin (34-33) and to five-time defending state champion Pahranagat Valley (44-0).
“We’ve had some easy games, but coming into this week we’re really going to have to focus up and come prepared to play,” Coleville senior lineman Matt Algeo said last Saturday after the Wolves’ 54-6 win against Excel Christian. “We have some big games coming up with VC and Hawthorne (homecoming on Oct. 26).”
Coleville rallied last year to pull out a 46-43 win at Virginia City, thanks to a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter. One incentive for the Wolves, however, is the memory of how they missed the playoffs entirely in 2012 after beating Virginia City, only to lose two weeks later at Mineral County in Hawthorne, 48-42. The three teams finished tied for first-place in the league, and Coleville wound up at the bottom of the tie-breaker while Virginia City and Mineral County advanced to the postseason.
By the numbers, Coleville and Virginia City have different looks in terms of individual statistics.
The Muckers are more balanced, led by quarterback Christian Lindsay, who is 38-for-74 for 610 yards and 10 TDs in addition to rushing for 302 yards and 5 TDs. The running attack is spread out, led by Brayden Ferguson (492 yards, 7.57-yard average, 4 TDs) and 205-pound senior Tuilama Muipa (308 yards, 4 TDs). Ferguson was a force in last year’s game against Coleville, as he caught five passes for 121 yards and 3 TDs.
On the other hand, a pair of seniors lead the way for Coleville’s offensive stats. Quarterback Seth Huhta has completed 33 of 49 passes (.673) — with 15 of those completions going for touchdowns — and 578 yards. Running back Jacob Park has rushed for 750 yards and 13 TDs (he also has 3 special teams returns for touchdowns). Nestor Gutierrez has caught 17 balls for 324 yards and 7 TDs, while Miguel Saldivar has eight receptions — all for touchdowns — for 186 yards.