The season didn’t open the way the Spanish Springs High football team had envisioned over the weekend as they fell to the California Grizzlies 24-7 in a game that was played at South Lake Tahoe High School on Saturday afternoon.
California got on the board first with an early touchdown before adding a field goal in the second to take a 10-0 lead into the half. Cougs senior Colby Preston got his team on the board in the third with an eight-yard touchdown run, but the Grizzlies answered with two more scores of their own and held off Spanish Springs in the fourth to secure the win.
Sophomore quarterback Tristan Szabo had some big plays for Spanish Springs despite not having thrown a touchdown pass. He completed 15 of his 26 pass attempts for 160 and also rushed for 32 yards on the ground. Parker Luthy led the team in rushing with 39 yards on just four carries while Jordan Dudick led the Cougs in receiving with five catches for 94 yards.
Spanish Springs (0-1) is back at it Friday night when they travel to Grass Valley, Calif. to take on Nevada Union (0-1) at 7:30 p.m.
The Raiders will begin the defense of their 4A North title when their 2018 campaign kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. on the road at Bishop Manogue.
Reed knocked off Reno High 24-21 last November to claim the North title before falling to Bishop Gorman in the state title game, 48-7.
Coach Tony Amantia’s squad won’t lack in leadership as they return 22 seniors and 20 juniors to the field.
The Miners are coming off a 7-4 campaign that saw them fall to Spanish Springs in last year’s playoffs.
Reed won the only meeting between the two teams last season, 36-20 on Sept. 22.