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Truckee football | Wolverines set to host first-ever night game

Sylas Wright
swright@sierrasun.com
Truckee coaches address the players after last Saturday's scrimmage against Lassen. Truckee opens the season with a nonleague game Friday night against Yerington.
Courtesy Keith Thomas |

If you go

What: Yerington vs. Truckee

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Surprise Stadium

The Truckee football team is set to kick off its 2015 campaign with its first-ever home game under Friday night lights.

The contest, against two-time defending Division III state champion Yerington, begins at 7 p.m. and will be made possible with the help of 30-foot-tall portable lights hauled into Surprise Stadium. Truckee typically hosts games on Saturday afternoons.

“The kids are fired up, and most of the people I’ve talked to seem pretty excited too,” said Truckee coach Josh Ivens. “I think there’s a lot of curiosity about how it will go, me included.”

Ivens said eight lights will be used to illuminate the field — one in each corner and on both sides of the 30-yard lines. Other lights will be set up around the stadium for those in attendance.

The game will air live on Truckee Tahoe Community Television (www.ttctv.org) and will broadcast on KTKE 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio (www.truckeetahoeradio.com).

The Wolverines will have their work cut out against the Lions, who own a 20-2 record and two state titles over the past two seasons.

Yerington lost its first two nonleague games last year — 14-0 to Truckee and by forfeit to Hug — before going on to run the table against the Division III. The Lions outscored their DIII opponents 414-95, averaging 46 points a game.

“It should be a good game,” said Ivens, whose Wolverines are coming off a 17-6 win over Lassen in a scrimmage last Saturday. “We didn’t get a chance to see film from Yerington’s scrimmage against Dayton because it was canceled, so we’re going to be surprise a little by whatever they do.”

The Lions were missing two starters against the Wolverines last year, including Player of the Year Reese Neville, now a senior. Neville, a running back and linebacker, led Yerington last season with 860 yards on 75 rushes, with 13 touchdowns. He also had 507 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

Yerington is the only nonleague opponent on Truckee’s schedule. The Wolverines jump into Northern Division I-A league play the following week, Sept. 4, at Fallon.