Truckee football: Wolverines looking to gain playoff edge at Elko
Northern Division I-A standings
Fernley 3-0 4-0
Fallon 3-0 3-1
Spring Creek 3-0 3-1
Elko 2-1 2-1
Truckee 2-1 2-2
Sparks 1-2 2-2
Wooster 1-2 2-2
Lowry 0-3 0-3
South Tahoe 0-3 0-4
Dayton 0-3 0-4
The four playoff berths in the Northern Division I-A are officially up for grabs — and the Wolverines are in the hunt.
Following consecutive wins, Truckee will look to carry its momentum into a tough league matchup this Friday at Elko, which is coming off its first league loss against Fernley, 29-24, last week.
The Fernley win places the Vaqueros in a three-way tie with Fallon and Spring Creek atop the standings, all with 3-0 league records.
Elko, meanwhile, shares Truckee’s 2-1 league mark, while Sparks and Wooster are both 1-2. South Tahoe, Lowry and Dayton remain winless in league at 0-3 — although all three of South Tahoe’s losses came against the league leaders.
Elko, which lost only one league game last season before falling to eventual state champion Moapa Valley in the semifinal, could have used its top player against Fernley. Senior offensive lineman and linebacker Benton Wickersham suffered a season-ending knee injury against Sparks in Week 2, limiting the Indians’ line play and defensive prowess.
Truckee used a legion of running backs to gouge the struggling defenses of Lowry and Dayton, and the Wolverines will try to do the same against a considerably more stout Elko unit — with or without Wickersham.
While the season is still young, it’s a pivotal game for the Wolverines and Indians.
Truckee fans can tune in to the game live at KTKE 101.5 FM, Truckee Tahoe Radio (www.truckeetahoeradio.com). Kickoff is 7 p.m.
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The two-time defending state champion Truckee baseball team opened league play in style this weekend, taking a three-game sweep of Sparks.