Wolverines turn attention to North Valleys

Truckee players race onto the field to face Spring Creek. The Wolverines play at North Valley's Friday at 7 p.m.
Courtesy Hans Baumann / AbDiver Photography

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Following a 41-24 win at home against Spring Creek last weekend, the Truckee football team will open its West League schedule on Friday at North Valleys.

Truckee (3-1, 0-0 Northern – West League) will face a young North Valleys (1-3, 0-0 Northern – West League) team that has struggled through the first month of the season. The Panthers only win came via forfeit against Dayton.

“They lost a lot of seniors, but they’ve got good size and they’ve got some good athletes,” said Truckee Head Coach Josh Ivens. “They’re fast, they play hard, and they’re physical.”

First-year head coach Brad Rose took over sideline duties for North Valleys after coaching at Sparks High. Offensively, the Panthers are led by sophomore quarterback Chase Busick, but prefer to keep the ball on the ground, averaging 187 rushing yards per game.

“They primarily run the ball,” said Ivens. “If we can get them in situations where they have to pass, we like our odds.”

In three games, Sparks quarterbacks have combined to throw five interceptions. Truckee’s defense has five interceptions through its first four games.

Like in last week’s win against Spring Creek, the Wolverines offense will look to the running game. Truckee piled up 313 rushing yards against the Spartans, and had four running backs finish the game with more than 70 yards.

Senior quarterback Julian Hall hit on 9 of 16 passes for two touchdowns and had 204 passing yards against Spring Creek. Hall and the Truckee receiving corps, led by senior Dylan Sumner, will look to find similar success against the North Valleys 3-3 stack defense — a formation not often seen by the Wolverines.

“We just need to find a way to do what we do well within how they lineup,” said Ivens.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, at North Valleys High School.

Lakers travel across Nevada in search of first win

The North Tahoe football team suffered a 64-38 loss at home to Battle Mountain on Saturday, and will now head across Nevada in search of their first win of the season.

The Lakers (0-2, 0-1 Northern League) will travel to the Utah-Nevada border on Friday for a league matchup against West Wendover (0-2, 0-1 Northern League).

North Tahoe has won the past three matchups against West Wendover, including a 67-0 victory last season.

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