Truckee football: Wolverines set to host Dayton in playoff opener |

Truckee football: Wolverines set to host Dayton in playoff opener

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Sylas Wright/Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The first Truckee-Dayton meeting turned ugly in a hurry. There’s little reason to believe Saturday’s playoff opener will be any prettier for the visiting Dust Devils.

Since that 55-6 Truckee win back on Oct. 9, the Wolverines have plowed through their final three regular-season opponents by a combined score of 150-3.

Dayton, which was undefeated (6-0) at the time, has since lost consecutive league games, falling 19-13 at Lowry before losing again at Fernley, 43-14, to drop to the fourth playoff seed. By comparison, Truckee thumped Lowry 63-12 and Fernley 50-9.

The Dust Devils (6-3 overall, 3-3 league) get their shot at redemption Saturday, when they take on the host Wolverines (9-0, 6-0) at Surprise Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m.

Dayton will want to limit Truckee’s offense a little better than last time, when the Wolverines went off for 532 total yards and#8212; 250 through the air and 282 on the ground. Truckee jumped out to a 22-6 lead by the end of the first quarter in that rout, and led 41-6 by the half. Dayton squeezed out just 97 yards of total offense.

In other 3A playoff action Saturday, second-seeded Fernley (5-1 league) will host third-seeded Lowry (4-2), while, in the South, Virgin Valley (No. 2 seed, 1-1) will host Boulder City (No. 3 seed, 0-2). Two-time defending state champ Moapa Valley (No. 1 seed, 2-0) has a first-round bye.

Teams are re-seeded after the first round, with the Wolverines set to host a semifinal on Nov. 14 if they beat Dayton. State is scheduled for Nov. 21 at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno.