The Railroaders did what they do best Friday night, and that’s run the football. For the second straight week, Sparks quarterback Tyler Green didn’t attempt more than four passes in a game, and his team came out on top.
A week removed from a 29-6 win over South Tahoe, Green and his teammates ran away with a 41-15 win over Dayton at home Friday.
Green completed three of four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown to Andrew Thompson, but it was the ground game of the junior that was on display. He ran the ball 10 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Railroaders. Alex Po’oi nearly matched those numbers with 104 rushing yards and a touchdown while Ben Catsens also punched one in for Sparks.
The Railroaders carried the ball 36 times in the ballgame and racked up 337 total yards n the ground, compared to 130 yards for Dayton who ran it 42 times from scrimmage. Sparks nearly matched its rushing stats from last week after totaling 371 yards against South Tahoe and a pair of touchdowns by Green and Zachary Mahoney.
Sparks (2-2, 2-1) will look to continue its momentum this week when they travel to Elko (3-0. 3-0) for a 7 p.m. start Friday night.
After dropping its first two games of the season by a combined total of 92-20, the Raiders got into the win column Friday night after winning on the road at Galena, 20-7.
Reed got onto the board early with a touchdown in the first quarter and took a 17-7 lead into the locker room. A third quarter field goal by Aiden Sawyer was the only points scored in the second half as the Raiders defense shut down the Grizzlies. The visitors recorded four sacks in the game, including two by Raiders senior Dominic Lange.
Quarterback Baylor Horning was efficient enough for the Raiders. The senior completed 17 of his 24 passes for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Trevor Kibala and Champ Robertson hauled in the touchdown catches, and Robertson led the team in rushing with 83 yards on 19 carries.
Up next, Reed (1-2, 0-0) will host Carson (1-2, 0-0) Friday night at 7 p.m.
The last two weeks have not been kind to the Spanish Springs High football team. After falling 47-16 to Monterey Trail on Aug. 31, the Cougars were blown out 49-19 Friday night on the road at Damonte Ranch.
The Mustangs outscored the visitors 21-6 in the first half before exploding for 28 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for good. The Cougs couldn’t contain Damonte quarterback Cade Mcnamara, who threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
The lone offensive bright spots for Spanish Springs was a pair of touchdown grabs by Colby Melton and Jordan Dudick from Tristan Szabo. Jonny Lee had the lone rushing touchdown for the Cougs who only mustered 71 yards on the ground.
The Cougs (1-3, 0-0) will look to turn things around Friday night when they host Galena (0-2, 0-0) at 7 p.m.