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Woodcreek preps for first ever postseason contest

T-wolves travel to Oak Ridge
By: Kurt Johnson, Press-Tribune sports editor
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For the first time in school history, the Woodcreek High School football team will play a meaningful 11th game of the season when the Timberwolves visit Oak Ridge for a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff opener on Friday night. The Timberwolves (5-5) completed the turnaround from a winless 2007 campaign with a third-place finish in the Sierra Foothill League, earning the right to tackle Sierra Valley Conference champion Oak Ridge in the postseason. Injuries could play a big role in this contest as Woodcreek coach is cautiously optimistic that a quartet of players injured in last week’s loss to Granite Bay will be available on Friday. The list of walking wounded included Woodcreek’s sensational junior running back James Nunley, who left that game in the second quarter with a concussion. The Timberwolves should provide a strong challenge to Oak Ridge, with Nunley and quarterback Tommy Murphy leading the way on offense, while Brad Bastian and Kevin Tyus headline the Woodcreek defense. “We are fired up to play a game in the playoffs,” Hildebrand said. “There is no hiding the fact that Nunley is our workhorse, but we play our best when we mix up the offense and spread things around.” The Trojans also have injury concerns on both sides of the ball, as Brett Thompson battles a knee injury that has limited his effectiveness in recent weeks. The talented wide receiver has also been used as a running back in order to increase his chances to touch the football. Jacob Allen is Oak Ridge’s leading runner and will be asked to shoulder a heavy load on offense if Thompson cannot deliver at full strength. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills.