Last week was a collective win for Northern Nevada.
The 4A North won both of its out-of-state games (Bishop Manogue and Reno won) and Reed-Carson lived up the hype and some in the rematch of the last three regional title games.
All 11 4A North teams are in action this week, with Reed playing the lone out-of-state team, Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, Calif. The two teams played a classic last year with Reed escaping thanks to a late defensive stand.
This year, Reed will enter the matchup against the Trojans coming off an emotional win at Carson. A forced fumble and a three-yard Cameron Emerson touchdown run with two seconds remaining helped Reed survive the Senators, 47-41.
Week 4 will provide a handful of intriguing matchups, including Reno at Galena and McQueen at Carson.
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1. Reed Raiders (2-1)
Nobody said it was going to be easy. Reed went to Carson on Friday night and pulled a few tricks out of the bag down the stretch to survive, 47-41.
The offense was as dangerous as ever, but serious questions remain on the defensive side. Expect Ernie Howren to start answering those questions.
Last week: 1
2. Reno Huskies (3-0)
Reno was the 4A North’s last undefeated team standing after week two, and survived Placer (Auburn, Calif.) on Friday night to keep a zero in the loss column.
Reed’s scare at Carson made the Huskies’ 34-17 romp over the Senators in week two even more impressive. Reno appears to be for real.
Last week: 2
3. Damonte Ranch Mustangs (2-1)
The Mustangs’ offense lived up to the preseason billing for the first time on Friday night, hanging 63 points on Hug.
Damonte has the potential to put up another big number this week at home against Spanish Springs.
Last week: 3
4. Carson Senators (1-2)
Yes, the Senators nearly knocked off the five-time defending regional champs last week. And that took a herculean effort from Abel Carter.
The Senators lack size defensively and that was exposed by the Raiders.
Last week: 4
5. Galena Grizzlies (2-1)
Galena bounced back from an uninspiring win over Hug with a resounding 49-10 leveling of North Valleys.
If the offense can develop consistency to match the team’s strong defense, Galena can have a say in the Sierra League title chase.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Spanish Springs
Week 4 Schedule
Reno at Galena 7 p.m.
McQueen at Carson 7 p.m.
Spanish Springs at Damonte Ranch 7 p.m.
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) at Reed 7:30 p.m.
Hug at Bishop Manogue 7 p.m.
North Valleys at Douglas 7 p.m.
4A North Standings
High Desert League
Reno 3-0, 0-0
Reed 2-1, 0-0
McQueen 1-1, 0-0
Spanish Springs 1-1, 0-0
Hug 0-2, 0-0
North Valleys 0-2, 0-0
Bishop Manogue 2-1, 0-0
Damonte Ranch 2-1, 0-0
Galena 2-1, 0-0
Carson 1-2, 0-0
Douglas 1-2, 0-0
Week 3 Results
Reed 47, Carson 41
Reno 34, Placer (Auburn, Calif.) 24
Bishop Manogue 35, Henley (Klamath Falls, Ore.) 14
Spanish Springs 51, Douglas 27
Galena 49, North Valleys 10
Damonte Ranch 63, Hug 13
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