Truckee football to visit Colfax
Call it a shot at redemption or simply an opportunity to break into the win column. Either way, ready or not, the Truckee High football team will square off against a quality opponent in Colfax tonight.
The revenge aspect comes from losing a heartbreaker in overtime, 20-14, to the Falcons at Surprise Stadium a year ago. About earning a place in the win column, the Wolverines are 0-1 after losing to visiting Bishop last Saturday.
“After last weekend, I’m just hoping to get some players healthy and back on the field,” said Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer. “We’d love to go down there (to Colfax) and repay them for what they did up here last year. But we’ll see. We’re still crawling here.”
Shaffer’s uncertainty stems from last Saturday’s anemic 141-yard performance by a young offensive unit playing without two of its top running backs.
Truckee’s coach hopes that is not the case against Colfax, as he listed senior fullback Drew Stewart (twisted ankle) and junior halfback Keven Sahlberg (compressed vertebrae) as probable for tonight. The Wolverines also will get back defensive tackle J.D. Wright after the junior sat out the majority of last week’s contest with an injured shoulder, Shaffer said.
On the flip side, Shaffer said junior defensive back Raul Martinez will miss tonight’s game with a shoulder injury.
Colfax head coach Tony Martello ” whose team last year went 10-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play to share part of the Pioneer Valley League Championship ” said he expects to field a good group, even though he has yet to see them in action this year.
“We’re gonna have a competitive team ” a good football team,” he said. “We haven’t played that first game yet, so I don’t really know, but all indicators are that we’ll be strong. …
“For a Colfax team, we run the ball well and we’re athletic. We’re not big, but we’re quick and very, very precise in what we do.”
Martello downplayed the impact of last year’s matchup between the two powerhouses, which ended in an overtime period during which each team was given four opportunities to find the end zone from the 10-yard line.
“I’ve never coached based on what happened last year,” Martello said.
That doesn’t mean he forgets ” just like Truckee players and coaches haven’t forgotten.
Truckee got the ball first.
Stewart, who led the Wolverines with 102 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, got the ball all four downs. The result: A run for no gain, a seven-yard gain to the 3-yard line, another two yards down to the 1-yard line and a stuff for no yards.
With the Wolverines unable to score, the ball was handed over to the Falcons.
After a dropped pass on first down, Truckee senior linebacker Scott Decker broke up a throw but was called for pass interference. The penalty gave Colfax a first down half the distance to the goal, at the 5-yard line.
Following two short gains, Falcons’ running back Mike Fucci punched the ball through from the 1-yard line to take home the win.
Now, the Wolverines must deal one more time with Fucci, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior last year.
“He’s a little better (than last year),” Martello said of his running back. “He’s not a power runner and he’s not a real slasher. I wouldn’t want to call him a tweener, so I guess he’s kind of the best of both worlds. He can get the tough yards when you need him to and he can run in the open.”
Both coaches expect a competitive contest.
“It’s our first game and we’re fired up about playing a good football school. The competition is gonna be awesome,” Martello said.
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Colfax High School, 24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax, Ca
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