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Truckee hits the road for football game against Wooster

A group of Wolverines take down a Wooster player during Truckee's 39-7 victory over the Colts last season. Truckee travels to Wooster on Friday, Sept. 1, for a 7 p.m. matchup.

After a blowout win against Bret Harte to open the season, Truckee football will go on the road again to play in their Northern League opener against Wooster High.

Wooster's program has struggled over the past several years, but second-year Head Coach Bo Sellers is looking to return the program to prominence.

"He's trying to rebuild what the Wooster tradition was," Truckee Head Coach Josh Ivens said. "I know he's got his guys playing physical football."

Sellers is the son of the legendary high school coach Joe Sellers — the all-time leader in Nevada coaching with 250 wins, according to the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. The elder Sellers also accumulated nine state titles during his time coaching Wooster and Bishop Manogue.

Ivens said he's already seen a change at Wooster with a larger turnout on the team, and the same brand of play that brought Wooster seven state titles under the elder Sellers.

"We're expecting a very physical, well fought football game on Friday from a Sellers-coached team," said Ivens.

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The Wolverines have taken five of the last six games against the Colts, including a 39-7 victory last season.

Wooster opened their season with a 33-20 loss against Rosemont. But, the team returns several key players from a year ago, including last year's starter at quarterback Hunter Vetter, and a pair of tall, physical runners in seniors Gabriel Olier and Sterling Pucket.

"We have to go in with the right mindset that they're here to play," senior linebacker Cole Eichele said. "They're more of a smashmouth football team. They are going to get up to the ball and try to run it down our throat. We're going to have to stop the run."

Eichele led Truckee with 12 tackles and intercepted two passes during last week's win over Bret Harte, and said he expects a different style of football for the second week of play.

"Wooster is definitely a more physical team, and we're definitely going to have to play a lot harder up front," Eichele said. "During practice, we just have to focus up."

The battle up front will likely be key to the game with one of the Colts strengths being their size along the offensive and defensive lines.

"We've got to use our technique that we know and have been taught every day. Along with our speed, we should be good," Eichele said.

"If we go in there and set the tempo right away, I think Wooster is going to realize that we are here to play. Set the tone, that's everything I've been about, setting the tone right off the bat."

The Wolverines achieved that early on last week, with a 65-yard touchdown drive to open the game, before cruising to a 61-7 victory.

Against Wooster, the team will be looking for the continued efficiency of junior quarterback Marcus Bellon, who went 10 for 13 through the air for 147 yards against Bret Harte. Truckee's committee of running backs should also provide a threat against Wooster, with four different players gashing Bret Harte for 20 or more yards on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The game will mark the Northern League opener for both teams. Kickoff for Truckee and Wooster is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 at Wooster High.