Truckee, North Tahoe football wrapping up |

Truckee, North Tahoe football wrapping up

This week marks the final regular-season hurrah for the four North Tahoe and Truckee High football teams.

The Wolverines ” freshmen, junior varsity and varsity ” play Sparks while the Lakers travel to Pershing County (Lovelock) on Thursday to wrap up their season.

Truckee’s varsity squad, undefeated in league play at 5-0, is the only team that will advance to the postseason. The Wolverines (6-2 overall) have already secured the Northern 3A’s No. 1 seed and will host the first round of the postseason on Nov. 8., even if they lose to Sparks on Friday.

It’s been quite the year for Truckee football, which combined for a 12-0 Northern 3A league record between the three teams, said Bob Shaffer, Truckee’s varsity coach and athletic director.

Truckee’s freshman team, which is 4-0 in league coming off a 74-22 win over Battle Mountain’s JV this past week, will host Sparks on Thursday at 2 p.m. for the Northern 3A league title.

The freshman contest is the only home game this week for local prep teams, as both the Truckee JV and varsity squads play at Sparks. Because Friday is Nevada Day, the JV game kicks off at 11 a.m. and the varsity contest at 1:30 p.m. Most NIAA games are scheduled for Thursday instead of Friday.

While the Truckee varsity team is already eyeing the postseason ” with hopes of bringing home a ninth Nevada state championship on Nov. 22 ” the junior varsity’s season officially ends after Friday. For Truckee, the goal is to keep its undefeated season intact as it enters with a flawless 8-0 record, with many lopsided routs along the way. Last week, for instance, Truckee’s JVs shut out visiting Yerington 50-0.

North Tahoe (2-5 Northern 2A, 2-6 overall) will have its hands full on Thursday against the undefeated Mustangs of Pershing County, which are 7-0 overall and rank 10th in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media poll. That game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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