With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Reed football team is still rocking the goose egg in the loss column.
The Raiders know it. So does McQueen.
But the Lancers aren’t going to be scared when they travel to Reed on Friday.
McQueen is a quiet 5-2, 3-0 in High Desert League play and all of a sudden is starting to look like a contender. Reed better not sleep walk through this one. Or an undefeated regular season could come to a close and a High Desert League title could be left to chance.
After beating Spanish Springs 55-31 at home two weeks ago, I asked McQueen coach Jim Snelling why his offense was so successful. He looked at me, grinned and said “I feel like we have a chance to do something special.”
They get their first chance “to do something special” on Friday.
Quarterback Joey Cox will look to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk who’s one of the fastest skill position players in Northern Nevada. Reed’s defense has settled into a groove against lesser competition but if there is a weakness in the Raiders’ defense, it’s in the secondary.
Aiyuk is a special-teams threat as well.
Defensively, McQueen has been stout against weaker offenses the last three weeks. It will be the stiffest group Reed’s offense has seen since Reno three weeks ago.
On paper, Reed is the better team. But that doesn’t always result in a W.
The Raiders better show up on Friday night. They’re good. They’re not unbeatable.
And this weekend has been tough historically for the Raiders.
Reed has gone 4-1 in the HDL the last two years. Both losses came on this weekend. Both losses came at home.
Two years ago, Reed lost to Reno. Last year, Reed lost to Hug.
On Friday night, Reed hosts McQueen.
An undefeated regular season and a league title is on the line. And history hasn’t been kind to the Blue and Gold.