RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - It's no surprise the Truckee Wolverines and Fallon Greenwave are the last teams standing in the Class 3A playoffs.
Truckee took the harder road to this point, defeating Lowry at home and Moapa Valley on the road. But the journey has been special for this year's team.
"It's cool to be here with this group especially. We've been playing together since we were little and we always thought we were going to be the team to make it and here we are," said senior running back Jackson Skaff.
Truckee will enter Saturday's contest with an 11-1 record. That one blemish comes from a loss at home to Fallon who upended the Wolverines 32-29 in early September.
"After that it was easy to get them refocused and say we can be beat by anybody if you don't focus in on the next opponent and take it week by week and we've been able to do that since then," said Wolverines head coach Josh Ivens.
Truckee turned the ball over five times against Fallon; uncharacteristic of a Wolverine team that prides itself on not making mistakes. This weekend will be a prime opportunity for the red and white to prove they have what it takes to come out with a different result.
"After we lost to them in Week 4 or whatever it was we've been wanting revenge the whole time because we let that game slip," added senior quarterback Marcus Bellon.
94 miles east the unbeaten Greenwave also isn't taking a lot from its regular season win against Truckee. Running back Sean McCormick was just getting back into the mix after recovering from a broken ankle. Now, Fallon is much more fluid.
"We've made some adjustments defensively and offensively and if we just go out there and execute and do what we can do we'll be alright," he said.
The Greenwave said beating Truckee on their home field was a big confidence boost. So a neutral site for the state chipper should give Fallon the advantage, right?
"I don't think so. I think at this point in the year we know they're a very good football team so (home field) matters very little. It's going to be who's ready to go Saturday night and who executes the best," added Greenwave head coach Brooke Hill.
There really isn't any bad blood between these two teams. Both programs have respect for one another, so all that's left is to settle things between the lines.
"We think we're better, they think they're better and I'm excited to see who's the best," added Skaff.
"We've gotten better through the season so I do not expect it to be as close of a game as it was the first time around," added senior offensive lineman Ben Dooley.