It’s no secret. Reno’s defense is for real. Spanish Springs now knows first-hand.
The Cougars (2-5, 1-2) were held to just 209 yards of offense in Friday’s 44-6 road loss to the Huskies (6-2, 2-1).
“It’s like running into a brick wall,” Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja said. “They do a great job of getting to the point of attack fast.
“They’re very stout defensively. I was impressed with their linebackers and down linemen.”
Spanish Springs junior quarterback Korbin Marcum was held to 15-of-32 passing for 139 yards and a pick. He was without his favorite target, junior Austin Cadenhead, who is done for the year after tearing a muscle in his leg during last week’s loss to McQueen.
Travis Vargas scored the Cougs’ only touchdown of the game. He finished with 48 rushing yards on 18 touches.
Defensively, Spanish Springs wasn’t a match for Reno’s run-oriented offense.
“Bottom line, they got into heavy sets and just ran the ball downhill,” Borja said. “It’s up to us to stop it the best we could but when (they are) running it at three, four yards a clip, it’s tough.”
The Cougars now turn their attention to Hug (1-6, 0-3). They host the Hawks next Friday at 7 p.m. in what may as well amount to a must-win game for both teams to keep playoff hopes alive.
“It’s definitely the biggest game of the season right now. Hug’s in the same boat,” Borja said. “It’s going to determine the fate of the postseason. We’re taking this like every game, very serious.”