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Truckee football wins opener

The Truckee High football team avenged last year’s season-opening loss to Bishop with a 23-17 non-league win on the Broncos’ home turf Friday night.

Senior wingback and defensive back Trevor Allen scored two rushing touchdowns from 9 and 13 yards out for the Wolverines, including the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter.

Junior fullback and linebacker Ryan Macken ran for a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter, giving Truckee a 15-10 lead after Cruz Esquivel kicked through the extra point. Macken also rushed for two, two-point conversions and finished with 44 yards on seven carries.

The Broncos, who defeated Truckee 10-0 at Surprise Stadium a year ago, struck first with a 42-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Bishop then kicked a field goal on the first play of the second quarter to extend its lead to 10-0.

With Allen’s and Macken’s second-quarter touchdowns, Truckee took a 15-10 lead into the half.

Bishop battled back, however, going back on top, 17-15, on a 40-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. The score held until the fourth quarter, when Allen’s second touchdown run and Macken’s two-point conversion put Truckee on top for good.

Truckee senior Tucker Ballister started at quarterback, leading the Wolverines’ offense during the first, third and fourth quarters and finishing with 50 yards on 3-of-5 passing. Keven Sahlberg, a senior who led Truckee in rushing as a halfback last year, handled the quarterback duties in the second quarter. He did not throw a pass.

Junior fullback/linebacker Robert Raber led the Wolverines in rushing with 132 yards on 17 carries, followed by junior halfback/defensive back Justin Vosburgh with 101 yards on nine carries. Esquivel, a senior halfback and defensive end, gained 45 yards on five touches.

The Wolverines ran the ball 58 times for 411 yards, averaging just over 7 yards per carry.

Up next:

Truckee hosts Colfax in a non-league game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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