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Spartans surface again

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

Fighting a close game until the end, the Truckee Wolverine football team emerged victorious over rival North Tahoe on Saturday Oct. 4. This win solidified TNT’s dominance in the league, yet one loss continues to haunt Schaffer’s bench – Spring Creek.

The Spartans walked away with a 20-15 win over the Wolverines in the first game of the season, and will enter Surprise Stadium on Saturday in an effort to do it again. While Truckee remains pumped from its impressive, nearly undefeated season and recent win over the Lakers, Schaffer admits his players are “a bit nervous” about this weekend’s meeting.

Spring Creek head coach, Joel Jund, was unavailable for comment due to league meetings. However, Jeff Van Orman, defensive coordinator, remarked, “It’s going to be a dog fight.”

The Spartans finished the regular season with a 7-2 record, advancing to the state semifinals after defeating Lowry 19-0 last weekend. Despite Spring Creek’s earlier win over Truckee, Van Orman voiced the team’s respect for the Truckee team, and acknowledged the difficulty in beating such a powerful team twice.

A tough game it will be indeed, though the Spartans are not adjusting its play in preparation for Saturdays play.

“We are where we’re at because of what we’ve done,” said Van Orman, as the Spartans prepare to play the best football the team can play.

The Wolverines will walk onto its home field with a full, injury-free team, posed to win and move on to the State Championships against the winner of the North Tahoe/ Moapa Valley game.

The Spartans, on the other hand, have a few players whose health remain in questionable status.

After defeating the Lakers on Saturday, Schaffer and the Wolverines welcome a rematch final that will pit northerner against northerner and neighbor against neighbor in Reno on Nov. 18.

Coach Schaffer cites his team’s desire to stay closer to home and play North Tahoe in the finals, rather than travel south to play Moapa Valley. First though, they must defeat the only team that has beaten them this year, and the Spartans will do everything in their power to make sure this does not occur.


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