Reed posted its biggest comeback of the season Friday night after erasing a 13-point halftime deficit to take down unbeaten McQueen. The Raiders blanked the home team in the second half and scored 21 unanswered points to earn a 30-22 win.
Lancers star running back JD Kolb returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but Reed was able to keep him mostly in check the remainder of the game to the tune of just 54 yards on the ground.
The Raiders ground game went to work and totaled 208 rushing yards in the win, led by Champ Robertson who finished with 85 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Baylor Horning and Christian Richer also scored a rushing touchdown while Elijah Tau Tolliver carried the ball 14 times for 78 yards.
Horning was efficient throughout the night for Reed, throwing for 174 yards and a touchdown to Trevor Kibala.
But it was the defense of Reed that shined bright under the Friday night lights as the team recorded six sacks from six different players. Richer led the team with 12 total tackles while Randy Nemedez and Roman Villegas each recorded 11 and a sack.
The win puts Reed atop the High Desert League standings at 1-0 with Reno. The Raiders (4-2, 1-0) host Hug (0-5, 0-1) Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Railroaders fell for the third straight week on Friday as they fell on the road at Fernley, 52-20. Sparks dropped to 2-5 overall on the season and now sits at 2-4 in conference play.
The team will look to regroup Saturday when the travel to Truckee to take on a tough Wolverines team. Truckee is 6-1 on the season and coming off a 31-0 win over Elko.
The Cougs rested up during their bye week and are set for a showdown with McQueen Friday night at Spanish Springs High School at 7 p.m. The team has won its last two games, most recently knocking off Carson 35-14 on Sept. 21.
Friday will be the first conference game for the Cougs (3-3, 0-0). The Lancers (5-1, 0-1) lost its first game of the season to Reed last Friday, 30-22.