Wolves end season with 60-20 loss
Despite 100-yard offensive performances from Cody Gottfried, Ignacio Estrada-Cota and Andrew Robles, the Coleville Wolves dropped a 60-20 Western 1A conference 8-man football decision Friday night against Mineral County in Hawthorne.
Estrada-Cota caught seven passes for 130 yards, both career-high totals, including a 53-yard touchdown reception. Gottfried rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns before he was forced out of the game with bruised ribs early in the third quarter. And Robles, despite playing with a injured finger on his throwing hand, passed for 177 yards to surpass 1,000 for the season.
Coleville (4-3 conference, 6-3 overall) only trailed 12-6 after one quarter and 32-20 at halftime, however, Mineral County (5-2, 5-3) scored 36 unanswered points to end the game.
“It was a pretty good game for about a quarter-and-a-half,” said Coleville coach Will Sandy. “Their physicality and speed wore us down and we just couldn’t keep up with them.”
The Wolves collected 445 yards in total offense, only to turn the ball over five times (three interceptions and two fumbles).
Estrada-Cota was also a standout on defense to close out his four-year career at Coleville, as he was in on 13 total tackles (seven solo) and intercepted a pass.
Chris Otero, playing in only his second game this season, had a hand in 12 tackles (four solo, eight assists), one sack and one interception. Judson Roberts had seven solo tackles and two assists, while Vernon Painter contributed three solo tackles and two sacks to help the Wolves defensively.
Otero, a junior, also rushed for 35 yards on six carries.
Gottfried wrapped up his senior season with 1,198 rushing yards (7.2 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 190-pound tailback had six 100-yard rushing games for the season.
“I am very proud of our seniors who did an amazing job leading this team from a one-win team last year to a six-win team this year,” Sandy said.
Cole Contreras rushed for 78 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries for the Sierra Lutheran Falcons in their 58-6 loss Saturday afternoon at Western 1A-leading Virginia City.
Sierra Lutheran (1-5 conference, 1-7 overall), which has been plagued by injuries all season, was unable to match up with undefeated Virginia City (6-0, 8-0). The Muckers led 16-0 after one quarter and 44-0 at halftime.
The touchdown was the seventh this season for Contreras, who has rushed for 802 yards in eight games. Nathan Waite also rushed for 41 yards on four carries and Austin Stone caught one pass for 40 yards for the Falcons.
Virginia City had eight players combine to rush for 209 yards. Ireland Franklin had three receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns, plus he ran back a kickoff for another touchdown.
Sierra Lutheran concludes its season Thursday night with a game against defending conference champion Whittell. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Gary Lundergreen Field in Zephyr Cove.