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Fall preview 2001: Football

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

The nights are cooling down ever-so-slightly and the sun is turning in earlier as the days go by. While both are indications that summer is coming to a decisive close, there is another sight that spells fall like no other in town.For the last two weeks, Tahoe-Truckee High School’s fields have been painted red and white by the bobbing and weaving of TNT jerseys. Wolverine fans – it’s football season.The varsity football team played their first two scrimmages of the 2001 season last weekend against Live Oak and Lassen, and will be hosting Las Plumas this Saturday at Surprise Stadium.”We’re way ahead of where we were last year from a quarterback position,” said Head Coach Bob Shaffer. This advantage is thanks to senior QB Kevin Schlesinger, who led the Wolverine offense to a winning 2000 season before losing to Spring Creek in semifinal play.”Kevin has gotten stronger since last year, he has a better understanding of the offense and can read plays quicker and more accurately,” Shaffer added.The strength of the veteran quarterback will allow Shaffer’s offense to execute more passing plays than last season’s running-friendly lineup. More passing in their offensive game will give the largely veteran team more offensive options in pressure situations as well as the ability to change up the speed of their drives.The defensive line, spearheaded by several players who received All-State honors last year, will be holding the team together through the first few games as the offense finds its footing.”Right now we are working on getting everyone playing time, and that makes it difficult to have a cohesive offense early on,” said Shaffer. “Our defense is our strong suit.”The Wolverines played aggressively in both non-scored scrimmages last weekend, despite missing five starters due to injury.”Four of the five injured players should be back in a week or two, though we may have lost one for the whole season. We need to get healthy for the start of the season – that is vital to our success,” Shaffer said.The void left by All State kicker Gary Cook, who graduated last spring, has been filled by Kevin Schlesinger, who will take over punting duties, and sophomore J.R. Murphy, who will step up to place kick.The teams’ first regular season game will be at home on Sept. 8 against the Manogue Miners and Shaffer and his team will be ready.Football scheduleFootball Varsity and Junior VarsitySat. Sept. 1 vs. Las Plumas @ Truckee JV- 11:00, V- 1:30Sat. Sept. 8 vs. Manogue @ Truckee JV- 11:00, V- 1:30Fri. Sept. 14 vs. Spring Creek @ Spring Creek JV- 4:45, V- 7:30Sat. Sept. 29 vs. Dayton @ Truckee JV- 11:00, V-1:30Fri. Oct. 5 vs. Fernley @ Fernley JV- 5:00, V- 7:30Fri. Oct. 12 vs. Yerington @ Yerington JV- 5:00, V- 7:30Sat. Oct. 20 vs. ROP @ Truckee JV- 11:00, V- 1:30Fri. Oct. 26 vs. Lowry @ Lowry JV- 5:00, V- 7:30Sat. Nov. 3 vs. North Tahoe @ Truckee JV- 11:00, V- 1:30Fri. & Sat. Nov. 9 and 10 PlayoffsFri. & Sat. Nov. 16 and 17 State ChampionshipsFreshman FootballThurs. Sept. 6 vs. Dayton @ Truckee 4:00Thurs. Sept. 13 vs. Spring Creek @ Spring CreekThurs. Sept. 20 vs. Fernley @ Fernley 4:00Thurs. Sept. 27 vs. Manogue @ Truckee 4:00Thurs. Oct. 11 vs. Dayton @ Dayton 4:00Thurs. Oct. 18 vs. Spring Creek @ Truckee 4:00Thurs. Oct. 25 vs. Fernley @ Truckee 3:00Thurs. Nov. 11 vs. Manogue @ Manogue 3:00


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