Former Truckee greats on the collegiate gridiron
August 11, 2017
With the 2017 football season quickly approaching, Truckee High has been gearing up in preparation to add another chapter in the program's storied history.
Over the years, Truckee has consistently churned out standout players, and several of those former Wolverines will be looking to make a mark on the collegiate scene.
Last season's Truckee team finished at 8-2, and will have four players taking their skills to the next level.
Orlander Simms — 6'3" 315 pounds
Orlander Simms made a living putting fear into the opponents lined up across from him for three seasons in the trenches. Simms was a first team, all-state and all-league defensive tackle for the Wolverines. At 6 feet, 3 inches and 315 pounds, his size and power attracted coaches at Butte College, where, according to Truckee Head Coach Josh Ivens, he could push to start as a freshman. The junior college has produced several Division I players over the years, most notably Aaron Rodgers and Larry Allen.
The Roadrunners will begin their season on Sept. 2 at home against Santa Rosa Junior College.
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Tyler Davis — 6'2" 185 pounds
Last season's leader in the secondary, Tyler Davis, will be playing at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., where, Ivens said he's being looked at to play defensive back or wide receiver for the junior college program.
Davis led the Wolverines with four interceptions last season, and was named all-league defensive back and second team all-state.
The Golden Eagles will begin their season at home against De Anza College on Sept. 2.
Cole Harrity — 5'10" 190 pounds
Running back Cole Harrity led the Wolverines' ground attack last season, racking up 1,027 yards with an average of 9.6 yards per carry to become the first Truckee player since 2011 to run for over 1,000 yards. He was named the Nevada 3A offensive MVP for the Northern Region. Harrity will head to Weber State, Ogden, Utah, where he will look to walk on to the Division I Wildcats football team.
Wulfe Retzlaff — 6'1" 210 pounds
Truckee's defensive leader from last season, Wulfe Retzlaff, was selected as the Nevada 3A Defensive MVP for the Northern Region, first team all-state as a linebacker, and first team all-league as a running back. Retzlaff finished his career as one of Truckee's most prolific defensive players, with the linebacker tallying 371 career tackles. He also has the team record for most tackles in a game with 23.
Retzlaff will head to the University of California, Davis as a walk on. He will workout with the team, according to Ivens, but won't participate in football drills until the spring. He will be a redshirt freshman this year.
Erik Holmer — 6'3" 234 pounds
Erik Holmer led the Wolverines to a 2012 state championship as a quarterback, and linebacker. He walked on to the UC Davis football team in 2013, and transitioned to defensive end as a redshirt freshman. Holmer started the team's 2014 season opener and recorded a tackle in each of the three games he played. Holmer went on to play in 11 games the following year, and finished the season with 11 tackles. As a junior, he was moved to outside linebacker, and played in all 11 of the team's games. He finished the year with 13 tackles (11 unassisted).
Holmer will be on scholarship for his senior year, as the Aggies open the 2017 season on the road against San Diego State University on Sept. 2.
Thor Retzlaff — 6'2" 200 pounds
Also entering his final year in college is 2014 Truckee graduate, Thor Retzlaff, who will come into his final season at Lewis & Clark College after finishing as No. 20 in the Northwest Conference with 5.5 tackles per game. He was one of the team's leading tacklers from a year ago, finishing with 34 unassisted tackles.
Retzlaff's 44 total tackles last year give the linebacker 83 tackles in his three years at the school. Retzlaff also spent time in the backfield last year, racking up 61 yards on three rush attempts. He also served as the team's punter last year, finishing the season with an average of 34.7 yards on 55 punts for the Division III Pioneers.
Lewis & Clark will take the field for their opener at home on Sept. 9 against Claremont Mudd Scripps.
Taylor Ludwig – 6'4" 265 pounds
From Truckee's 2015 squad, Taylor Ludwig will be coming off shoulder surgery from last fall, and could push for playing time as an offensive tackle at Santa Barbara City College. The Vaqueros will kick off their 2017 campaign at home against Ventura.
Truckee's current generation of football players will hit the field for a home scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19, against Lassen at 11 a.m. The Wolverines will then head to Bret Harte Union High School in Angels Camp, Calif. for a preseason game on Aug. 25, before opening league play at Wooster on Sept. 1.