Truckee hosts Spring Creek in key contest
Sierra Nevada Media Group
Once again, the Truckee and Spring Creek high school football teams are playing another important game.
So what else is new? Well, there will be a slightly different twist when the familiar rivals meet Saturday at Surprise Stadium. Unlike the two games they played in 2005 and the one in 2004 that had regular season or playoff championship implications, the stakes will still be high for two teams bidding to reach the Northern 3A playoffs. Here’s the scenario:
– Truckee, the two-time defending 3A state champion, comes in with a 2-1 league record after losing 13-7 to unbeaten Dayton last Saturday. A win will keep the Wolverines in control of their playoff destiny. A loss takes some of that control away going into their last regular season game next week at Sparks.
– Spring Creek is 1-2 in league after pulling out a 7-6 win in its homecoming game against Fernley last Friday. With a win, the Spartans would be in a favorable position to reach the playoffs going into their last regular season game against last-place Lowry. A loss would leave them in position of having to scramble just to secure the No. 4 playoff seed.
Truckee and Spring Creek split two meetings in 2005. Spring Creek won 35-19 at home en route to winning the league’s regular-season championship, however, Truckee rebounded in November to win 31-13 in the state semifinals.
In 2004, Truckee beat Spring Creek 35-6 en route to league and state titles. And in 2003, Truckee kept its first-place hopes alive with a 27-21 win, thanks to a 61-yard TD pass from Paul Tierney to Jamie Maehler with 6:19 left to play.
There was good news for the Wolverines on Tuesday when senior fullback Drew Stewart was cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion against Fernley two weeks ago. With Stewart watching from the sidelines this past Saturday, the Wolverines only managed 168 yards in total offense against Dayton.
Note: Maehler, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Sunday, is now playing as a wide receiver for Army. The 6-foot-4 sophomore had one reception for 12 yards in Army’s 62-7 win over VMI on Oct. 7. He had two catches for 22 yards in a 48-14 loss against Rice on Sept. 30.
Dayton 3-0 7-0
Sparks 2-1 6-1
Truckee 2-1 4-3
Spring Creek 1-2 5-2
Fernley 1 2 4 4
Lowry 0 3 1 6
Fernley at Lowry, 7:30 p.m.
Sparks at Dayton, 7:30 p.m.
Spring Creek at Truckee, 1:30 p.m.