Truckee High football looks to bounce back against Lowry |

Truckee High football looks to bounce back against Lowry

Truckee quarterback Marcus Bellon drops back against Churchill County on Friday, Sept. 8. The Wolverines will look to rebound from a 42-22 loss to the Greenwave when the team hosts Lowry at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.
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Once every season Truckee’s Surprise Stadium is lighted up for a night game, allowing players the opportunity to show off under Friday night lights and giving fans a chance to experience a home game with a more traditional high school football atmosphere.

The stadium isn’t equipped with its own lighting, but by game time at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, portable lights will be in place as Truckee looks to rebound from last week’s loss to Churchill County with a contest against Lowry.

The Wolverines (2-1, 1-1 Northern League) are coming off last week’s 42-22 defeat to the Greenwave (2-1, 1-1 Northern League), and will be looking to bounce back against a struggling Buckaroos (0-2, 0-1 Northern League) team.

Lowry has had a difficult start to the year, losing to Class 2A Battle Mountain, 34-14, in the season opener.

Since then, the Buckaroos have faced stiff competition, coming off losses to two of Class 3A Northern League leading teams in Fernley (2-0, 2-0 Northern League), 44-0, and Spring Creek (2-1, 2-0 Northern League), 35-7. Elko (2-0, 2-0 Northern League) is the division’s other undefeated squad.

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Offensively, the Buckaroos prefer to keep the ball on the ground, and have struggled to find success throughout the season when the team has gone to the air with only one touchdown pass to show through three games.

After blowing their first two opponents out by a combined scorer of 96-7, the Wolverines ran into their first tough test last week when they matched up against Churchill County. The Wolverines struggled to stop the Greenwave offense, giving up three touchdowns through the air and another three on the ground.

Against Lowry, the Wolverines won’t face such a potent offensive attack. But the group, which is led by senior linebacker Michael Doughty and his team-high 24 tackles, will look for a better performance when they match up against the Buckaroos.

Both Spring Creek and Fernley’s offenses found success against Lowry’s defense with Spring Creek racking up nearly 250 yards on the ground for four touchdowns during their game against Lowry.

That should bode well for a Truckee ground attack that has averaged nearly 300 rushing yards per game, and spreads the ball around with seven players at 10 or more carries so far this season. Junior Jackson Skaff leads the team with 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Marcus Bellon gives the team a dual threat at the position, averaging more than 33 yards per game so far on the ground, while connecting on 62.5 percent of his passes.

Bellon had his toughest game of the year last week, throwing a pair of interceptions while completing 16 of 32 passes.

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