By Kiley Diesner, reporting intern
RENO—Spanish Springs traveled to Manogue Friday night and completely dominated against the Miners, winning 20-0. The Manogue offense struggled against the Spanish Springs defense while the Cougs’ offense took advantage of opportunities.
Ian Check, who played quarterback for the Cougars last week against Damonte, sat out with an injury. Junior Korbin Marcum filled in. In the first quarter, Marcum hit Austin Cadenhead for a 62-yard bomb that put the guests up early. Cadenhead finished with three catches for 75 yards.
In the second quarter, Spanish Springs senior running back Travis Vargas extended the lead with a 10-yard touchdown run, then accounted for the final points of the night with 3-yard run in the third quarter. Vargas had a total of 22 carries for 135 rushing yards.
“We had good blocking, good holds and good cutback lanes,” Vargas said. “We could execute when we needed to.”
In the fourth quarter Marcum found junior Cole Drescher who found the end zone but it was called back due to penalty. Marcum went 9-of-17 and threw for 130 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“I had to make sure I stepped up as a leader to help the team,” Marcum said. “Basically just had to make sure I got my job done. It was a great team win”
The Miners fell to 0-2 after losing to Bishop Kelley in Boise last week and play Hug next Friday. The Cougars improved to 1-1 following a lopsided 42-7 home loss to Damonte Ranch in last week’s opener. They have a bye next week before hosting Carson on the Sept. 18.
“Last week was a really good eye opener for us to learn what we needed to do to get better as a football team,” Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja said. “We’re going to get healthy next week and polish up a lot of things from what we did wrong in this game.”