April 1st 2017 the Truckee community was turned upside down and more specifically so was my life.  We all lost a great person, great teacher, and great coach.  Words can’t express how much gratitude, respect, and love that I have for Coach.  We talked daily and I am going to miss him a great deal.  Coach was an amazing mentor but an even better friend.  He was the ultimate family man making us all feel like we were part of his family!  He saw things in me (and everyone) that I never saw in myself.  Shaffer brought the best out in all of us, giving us a sense of confidence that is unmatched.  Coach had opponents but never had enemies.  He was always gracious in victory and humble in defeat.  That’s not to say he accepted a loss.  He was the ultimate competitor and the master of preparation.  I am honored to have been part of it all.  He set a clear path and we all followed.  I will do my very best to continue down that path.  Thank you coach for entrusting me with the Pride and Tradition of the Truckee Wolverines!!!  RIP 



 Coach Estabrook coined the phrase “Truckee Pride” in 1989 and he put this in the Sierra Sun the week after the State Championship loss to Boulder City in late November of that year:

On Saturday, November 18, the Truckee community pulled together for something that was not political, controversial, or self-serving.  It wasn’t about the bye-pass, a new shopping center or incorporation; it was about our kids and a community that can pull together regardless of political differences.

Over 2,000 people turned out for a local football game, the only reason being to support our high school.  The football team wasn’t able to deliver the Nevada AA State Championship to Truckee, but it did deliver a sense of pride to the Truckee Community.  It also delivered a chance to reflect on what a great place this is to live, and that the small town spirit is alive and important to us all.

Our team’s motto is “Truckee Pride.”  Think about it.  We all have it.

Thanks to everyone for your support.”

Ron Estabrook


The 2016 Wolverine Football team set out to bring the hard hitting and physical play back to Surprise Stadium.  That they did and the wins came with it.  The Wolverines went 8-1 in division taking the 2nd seed in the North.  It was Truckee’s first showing in the playoffs since the 4 Peat Championship of 2012.  Unfortunately their playoff run was cut short.  But the 2016 was a huge success and the feeling and noise around town is that “Truckee is Back.”  



Cole Harrity was the Nevada 3A offensive MVP for the North.  He was a 1st team All-State Running Back and 1st team All-League Free-Safety.  Cole becomes the first Wolverine since Jake Pettit in 2011 to rush for over 1,000 yards.  He has 1,632 career rushing yards, good enough for 8th in Truckee History.  We all got to see how great Cole was in the Sierra Bowl on October 21st when he lit up the Vikings for 231 yards on just 20 attempts and 3 TD’s.  He also had an INT and 6 tackles.  Harrity also had 68 tackles in 2016 to put him at 138 career tackles.

Wulfe Retzlaff in 2016 was selected as  the Nevada Defensive MVP in the North.  He was a first team All-State Linebacker and a first team All-League Running Back.  Retzlaff was a team CO-MVP with Cole Harrity.  He also won his 3rd straight Wolverine Award.  Wulfe has 371 career tackles sitting only behind Ryan Macken.  Retzlaff has the record for most tackles in a game with 23 that he set this year at Spring Creek.  He is all over the Truckee record books. He also served as a captain in both his junior and senior year.  Wulfe was a 3 year starter for the Wolverines on both sides of the ball.  He also has 1,452 career rushing yards and 23 TD’s. 

Cole Harrity and Wulfe Retzlaff earn CO-MVP for the Truckee Wolverines on December 3rd.

Orlander Simms dominated for the Wolverines upfront for 3 seasons.  A machine of both size and strength put Simms as a first team All-State and All-League Defensive Tackle.  Unfortunately Simms injured his ankle in game 2 vs Fallon.  He was able to comeback but he struggled to get back to 100% in 2016.  He still was more than teams could handle.  Orlander was a captain in 2016 and the vocal leader for the Wolverines!  Simms is one of 3 players to Power Clean over 300 pounds at the Truckee Lift a Thon.

#66 Jorge Bravo was a 1st team All-League Offensive Lineman in 2016 and 2nd Team All-State.  Bravo was Truckee’s most consistent player in the Red Wall.  He was an emotional leader for the Wolverines.  The 2016 Wolverines had the top rushing attack in the State after 9 games.  The 2016 team rushed for 295 yards per game which is the 4th best rushing attack in Truckee history.  That has a lot to do with Bravo and the rest of the “Red Wall”.  

Tyler Davis (#6) was a first team All-League Corner and 2nd Team All-State.  He was Truckee’s lockdown defender.  No matter who Truckee faced Davis was going to be a huge part of the Truckee Game Plan.  Tyler was a 3 year starter for Truckee serving as the Wolverine’s signal caller in 2014 and 2015.  Davis was called upon in 2016 to anchor Truckee’s secondary and he unselfishly took on his new role without missing a beat.  He was a leader by example and one of the toughest kids on the team.  He never backed down to a challenge in his 3 years as a Varsity player.  Tyler had 4 INT’s in the 2016 but it was his ability to shutdown opposing receivers that earned him the 1st team selection as cornerback


2nd Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-State. Cottel lead the Truckee Defense in Sacks and reeked havoc on opposing teams.  He had a key play early in the Elko game with a sack forced fumble that stopped Elko deep in Wolverine territory.  It set the tone for the Wolverines!

Mike Doughty earned himself a spot as a 2nd Team Linebacker and Honorable Mention All-State.  Doughty is a gifted athlete that ran many plays down as teams tried to run away from Truckee’s #33.  Doughty was able to take advantage of that.  Doughty finished with 44 tackles and looks to build on his success his senior year.  

Jayme Nelson was a 2nd team All-League selection at Offensive Line and 2nd Team All-State. He is a 3 year starter for Truckee and creating many large gaps for Truckee running backs to rush through.  He is one of the more quite kids on the team until engaged on the field…then he might be one the most outspoken.  He played with passion and grit.  At just 165 pounds Nelson dominated defensive fronts and fast enough to lead out on Truckee’s toss and sweep.  





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A big thank you to our 2016 Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors for their contribution to the Football Program.  All proceeds go directly back into the program and players in the form of Equipment upgrades, travel expenses, practice gear, uniform needs, technology needs, camps, and the on going costs of running a first class program.  If you are interested in donating to the Truckee Football program please contact us at truckeepride@gmail.com for the details or you can contact us via US Mail at PO Box 8252, Truckee Ca 96162


The 1994 49ers beat the Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX

The 1994 49ers beat the
Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX

Gold NFL FootballOn December 14th Ted Popson stopped by Truckee High School and presented a Gold Football to his Alma mater.  The Gold Football presentation is called the Super Bowl Honor Roll.  The NFL, in its Golden Super Bowl Anniversary, is honoring past Super Bowl Participants with Gold Footballs to present to their High School.  The football represents accomplishment and ties the player’s success back to where things all started.  Ted Popson graduated from Truckee in 1984.  He played for the San Francisco 49ers in the mid 90’s and was part of the 1995 Super Bowl Champions when the 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.  Popson has a very rare and unique story on his journey to the NFL as he never playedGold Football Signed by Popson High School football stating that he was a late bloomer.  As for the Gold football Truckee is one of 433 California schools to be honored.  California leads all States.  As for Popson, he is just one of 23 Northern NIAA graduates to play in the NFL.  Truckee HIgh School is part of a rare group as just 2,000 schools out of over 35,000 were honored with a Gold Football.  This is a really cool thing for our School and Community.  Popson visited the Truckee Football team in the Spring of 2014 and participated in a practice.  Helping instruct our players and most of all spoke to our players about making good decisions and being upstanding individuals on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.  This is a message that he would send again to the 100 individuals that were in the Truckee Theater December 14th.  Truckee High School wants to Thank Ted Popson again for honoring and presenting us with the Football.

Popson with the Truckee Kids.

Popson with the Truckee Kids.


Founded by physical education teacher Jim Brehler in the fall of 1952, Truckee Football has developed into an institution in our Town that has touched the lives of countless families. Our hope is that everyone that loves Truckee Football can make a connection here at Truckee Pride. Whether it’s keeping up or reuniting with old teammates, recalling our history, or keeping up with current Wolverines!  Truckee Football is a Family and we look forward to seeing the many generations come together to be a part of the past, present, and future of Truckee Football.