Truckee football runs away with victory |

Truckee football runs away with victory

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTruckee High quarterback Keven Sahlberg, shown running the ball against Fernley on Oct. 6, rushed for one touchdown and threw for two during the Wolverines' 31-14 win at Spring Creek on Friday. Truckee is now 4-0 in league play.

Four Northern 3A opponents down, one to go for the Truckee High football team.

The Wolverines improved to 4-0 in league and 7-1 overall with a 31-14 win at Spring Creek on Friday, setting up a first-place showdown between Truckee and Sparks for the league title this weekend at Surprise Stadium.

Sparks (4-0, 6-1), which defeated Dayton 33-13 on Friday, is the only other undefeated Northern 3A team and the only team Truckee has yet to face.

Spring Creek is now 2-2 in league and 4-4 overall, followed by Fernley (1-3, 5-3), Dayton (1-3, 4-4) and Lowry (0-4, 0-9).

Truckee wasted no time getting on the board at Spring Creek, as senior quarterback Keven Sahlberg led his team down field before capping the game-opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed, leaving the score 6-0, Truckee.

The Spartans answered. On their ensuing drive, quarterback Michael Royer ” who threw for 177 yards (109 in the first quarter) ” connected with a wide-open Joey Marquis for a 42-yard touchdown.

Truckee then put together another scoring drive that ended with a 14-yard hook-up from Sahlberg to junior Ryan Roberts. The extra point again failed.

Matching the Truckee score, Royer hit Jacob Moser down the sideline for a 41-yard TD. After the extra point, Spring Creek led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Moser’s score would be the last of the evening for the Spartans, who turned the ball over their final three possessions of the first half. Truckee, meanwhile, was far from finished.

The Wolverines added to their lead in the second quarter with a 30-yard TD pass from Sahlberg to Roberts. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score 18-14, Truckee, at the end of the half.

Senior halfback and defensive end Cruz Esquivel got in on the scoring with a 3-yard TD run in the third, and junior fullback and linebacker Ryan Macken scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth to punctuate the offensive effort. Esquivel made good on the extra point to push the final score to 31-14.

Truckee’s final regular-season game against Sparks has the potential to be a good one. The Wolverines knew as much before the first snap of the season, as Macken predicted back in August that the Railroaders would be the team to beat in the Northern 3A. Turns out he was right.

While Truckee has outscored its league opponents 111-34 in four games, the Railroaders have outscored the same four teams 127-37. They also shut out Spring Creek 19-0 on Oct. 5. Truckee’s one non-league loss came against Colfax on Sept. 8, when the Falcons edged the Wolverines 22-21 in the final seconds. Sparks’ one non-league loss came against Yreka, 27-19, on Sept. 21.

” Report compiled from Elko Daily Free Press

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