Truckee Football gears up for season
The Truckee varsity football team is in the process of trying to tune up for this Saturday’s league game against Fernley.
After the first week of practice Head Coach Bob Shaffer said, “We’re not crawling, but we’re not running. We get better everyday and that’s what this time of year is for.”
Due to the fact only two players are returning on defense and five players returning on offense, Shaffer is looking for many of the players “to make the transition from junior varsity to varsity real quick.”
With only 12 seniors, and the majority of the team’s make up belonging to the junior class, it’s fair to say the key ingredient missing from this recipe is experience.
“They (younger players) look like they’re capable of filling the shoes (of graduated players), but time will tell,” Shaffer said.
“We’re not a well oiled machine, but hopefully we can improve each day. We’re a pretty young inexperienced team at this point,” he added.
Last Friday the varsity team had a scrimmage with Lassen and South Lake Tahoe High Schools at the Truckee field.
The scrimmage was a way for Shaffer and his coaches to figure out where the team needs attention.
It was also a time for coaches to check out the players.
“Sometimes kids don’t look good at practice, but they’ll really step it up on game day.” Shaffer said.
After the scrimmage Shaffer said, “We need to work on everything.”
“We’ve got work to do on both sides of the ball,” Shaffer said. “Offense, defense, special teams. We’ve got a lot to work on,” he added.
“The bad thing is we’ve got Fernley next Saturday. We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us,” Shaffer said.
The Wolverines looked good on both sides of the field. The running game seemed to highlight the offense’s strengths. While the defense struggled to shut down the run, they did come up with some big hits.
“The more playing the better and better we’re going to get each week,” Shaffer said. “Hopefully we won’t shot ourselves in the foot before that.”
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