Wolverines face Dayton in first round of playoffs
After finishing the regular season with a win against league rivals North Tahoe, the Truckee varsity football team turned its attention to this Saturday’s playoff game against Dayton High School at Surprise Stadium.
“This time of the year it’s single elimination, there is no next week,” said Head Coach Bob Shaffer.
When these two teams met eight weeks ago, Truckee walked away with a well-defined victory. Dayton suffered three turnovers in their first three offensive possessions. The Wolverines were able to capitalize and score off each of the turnovers.
But Dayton has made some big changes since they meet the Wolverines eight weeks ago. Dayton beat Lowry 30-0, the Wolverines beat Lowry 21-17 but only lead 7-0 at half time. Last week Dayton defeated Yerington 42-6, a team the Wolverines did not have such an easy time with.
“They’ve definitely gotten better since week two when we played them,” Shaffer said. “I’d like to think we have too, but with injuries, you never know.”
The Wolverines have been plagued by a flu virus and injuries going into the playoffs. Some of the players have missed several practices due to illness and Daniel Ballou and Jamie Maehler will sit out due to injuries. Ballou has proved to be a key asset on defense, while Maehler is a key weapon for the offense.
Quarterback Paul Tierney threw 109 complete passes this season for 1,908 yards and 17 touchdowns. Maehler caught 48 of those passes for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns. Maehler leads the team in yards gained.
“We’re going to need other guys to step up and carry some of the load,” Shaffer said.
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