One. More. Week.
We’re almost there. 4A North non-league play wraps up on Friday, then we will get to meaningful prep football contests.
Four weeks into the season, a few teams are starting to separate themselves. Reed picked up a big win over Northern California power Oak Ridge on Friday. Reno remained the only undefeated team in the region with a dominant win on the road at Galena. And Damonte Ranch scored the final 26 points to roar back and best Spanish Springs.
Reed’s win also improved the 4A North’s record to 6-4 against out-of-state competition.
Friday will feature all High Desert-Sierra League crossover matchups.
To view how the Sparks Tribune Power Rankings have progressed this season, click here.
1. Reed Raiders (3-1)
The ‘Reed is unraveling’ plot line was put on the back shelf last week. The Raiders put together their most impressive effort of the season and handled Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), 55-34.
The scary part for the rest of the 4A North is the Raiders still have plenty to clean up.
Last week: 1
2. Reno Huskies (4-0)
With Reno and Reed, the High Desert League is top heavy. Behind the Raiders and Huskies, it’s relatively open.
The Huskies’ defense once again put on a show last week, holding a capable Galena offense to just seven points. Reno goes to Reed on Oct. 7. If it isn’t already, that will be one of the most anticipated regular season games of the year.
Last week: 2
3. Carson Senators (2-2)
The biggest concern for the Senators is Abel Carter’s durability. He’s asked to carry his team offensively, and start on the other side of the ball.
But as long as he’s on the field, Carson can be as good as anyone. That’s how talented Carter is.
Last week: 4
4. Damonte Ranch Mustangs (3-1)
The Mustangs came out sluggish last week against the Cougars then turned it on late and salvaged a 33-19 win.
Damonte is gifted at the skill position, but this team is yet to click. When it does, look out.
Last week: 3
5. Galena Grizzlies (2-2)
The Grizzlies were not the first team to get silenced by the Reno defense. And they won’t be the last.
Galena’s offense has been slow out of the gates, so the writing for the rough offensive night was perhaps on the wall. Excluding a 49-point performance against North Valleys, the Grizzlies are scoring 11.6 points per game.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Spanish Springs Cougars
Week 5 Schedule
Galena at Spanish Springs 7 p.m.
Damonte Ranch at McQueen 7 p.m.
Bishop Manogue at Reed 7 p.m.
Douglas at Reno 7 p.m.
Carson at North Valleys 7 p.m.
4A North Standings
High Desert League
Reno 4-0, 0-0
Reed 3-1, 0-0
McQueen 1-2, 0-0
Spanish Springs 1-2, 0-0
Hug 0-3, 0-0
North Valleys 0-3, 0-0
Bishop Manogue 3-1, 0-0
Damonte Ranch 3-1, 0-0
Carson 2-2, 0-0
Douglas 2-2, 0-0
Galena 2-2, 0-0
Week 4 Results
Reed 55, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) 34
Reno 28, Galena 7
Damonte Ranch 33, Spanish Springs 19
Bishop Manogue 18, Hug 6
Carson 45, McQueen 17
Douglas 48, North Valleys 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