Another week down. Another week closer to league play.
Ten of the 11 4A North teams were in action last week with most eyes on the Carson at Reno matchup. The Huskies were in control throughout and picked up their second impressive victory of the season, 34-17.
Damonte Ranch also picked up a noteworthy win at home over Edison, of Fresno, Calif., 26-10. Reed rebounded in a big way at Douglas. And Galena needed all it had in the tank to escape Hug, 13-12
As Reno continues to impress, attention will again be on the Huskies as they host Placer (Auburn, Calif.). The Hillmen were 12-1 a year, but lost a boat load of productivity on both sides of the ball and have dropped both contests this year.
The most attractive game, however, may be in state’s capital. Reed travels to Carson in a rematch of the last three regional title games.
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1. Reed Raiders (1-1)
Losing the first game of the year is tough, especially for a program like Reed that has grown accustomed to winning. A lot.
The Raiders shook the loss on Friday with a dominating win at Douglas. The offense looked like the same Reed offense the 4A North coaches are tired of game planning for.
Tre Bussey and Robert Ferrel each scored three touchdowns in the rout.
Last week: 2
2. Reno Huskies (2-0)
It took just two weeks for the 4A North undefeated pool to dry up to one team, a testament largely to the stout non-league schedules put together by the region’s coaches.
Reno coach Dan Avansino has also put together a tough early slate, one of the toughest in the 4A North, and his Huskies are unscathed after two weeks.
The Husky defense is no joke. Ask Carson.
Last week: 4
3. Damonte Ranch Mustangs (1-1)
Damonte remains somewhat of a mystery in the Sierra League. Coach Shawn Dupris’ bunch received a lot of hype last year, then went 4-7.
A 26-10 home win over Edison (Fresno, Calif.) was a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen if the Mustangs can piece it all together and become a legit contender.
Friday’s matchup at Hug is suddenly intriguing. Galena, which is in the same category with Damonte, trying to overtake Carson in the Sierra League, narrowly avoided an upset loss to the Hawks last week.
Last week: 3
4. Carson Senators (1-1)
Last week’s loss revealed an unsettling trend that is developing in Carson.
Beyond Abel Carter, who else is going to provide offensive production?
In the week one win over Desert Mountain, Carter scored six of the Senators seven touchdowns (two on defense). Last week, Carter accounted for 130 of the Senators’ 232 yards.
Coach Blair Roman undoubtedly wants to see that trend bucked.
Last week: 1
5. Galena Grizzlies (1-1)
Galena literally hung onto this spot by a point, edging Hug 13-12 last week.
The offense figures to a be a strength this year but Galena has now scored just 28 points on the season. That group, led by quarterback Derek Kline, should get things going this week against a North Valleys defense that will take its lumps in 2016.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Spanish Springs Cougars
Week 3 Schedule
Reed at Carson 7 p.m.
Placer (Auburn, Calif.) at Reno 7:30 p.m.
Douglas at Spanish Springs 7 p.m.
Damonte Ranch at Hug 7 p.m.
Galena at North Valleys 7 p.m.
Bishop Manogue at Henley (Klamath Falls, Ore.) 7 p.m.
4A North Standings
High Desert League
Reno 2-0, 0-0
McQueen 1-1, 0-0
Reed 1-1. 0-0
Hug 0-1, 0-0
North Valleys 0-1, 0-0
Spanish Springs 0-1, 0-0
Bishop Manogue 1-1, 0-0
Carson 1-1, 0-0
Damonte Ranch 1-1, 0-0
Douglas 1-1, 0-0
Galena 1-1, 0-0
Week 2 Results
Reno 34, Carson 17
Damonte Ranch 26, Edison (Fresno, Calif.) 10
Galena 13, Hug 12
Foothill (Palo Cedro, Calif.) 46, Spanish Springs 33
Reed 53, Douglas 16
McQueen 23, Bishop Manogue 6
Week 1 Results
Clayton Valley Charter (Concord, Calif.) 35, Reed 21
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) 49, Damonte Ranch 14
Douglas 20, McQueen 14 (OT)
Bishop Manogue 28, North Valleys 14
Reno 34, Stagg (Stockton, Calif.) 7
Mesa (Mesa, Ariz.) 20, Galena 15
Carson 49, Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 42