The first week five weeks of the 4A North prep football season are in the books.
So far, the football season has provided a few classics, a few surprises, and certainly some lopsided results.
Add it all up, and everybody is tied for first place at 0-0. That changes this week.
League play finally starts on Friday night (for everyone except Damonte Ranch), and naturally there are already games that will have a drastic impact on the High Desert and Sierra League playoff pictures.
Galena goes to Carson in a matchup that was believed to have Sierra League title implications at the start of the season. The Grizzlies have struggled to a 1-3 start, however, and are without a number of key players.
Spanish Springs will travel to McQueen. The winner of that one will have a leg up on the No. 3 seed in the HDL behind Reed and Reno.
In the Sierra League, Bishop Manogue travels to Minden to play Douglas. The Tigers won this game last year and got the league’s fourth and final playoff spot because of it. It appears the same will be the case this year. Call it a de facto playoff game.
To view how the Sparks Tribune Power Rankings have progressed this season, click here.
1. Reed Raiders (4-1)
The Raiders have scored less than 47 points just once this year. That was in their opener.
Reed’s defense is not as it was last year, but if the offense continues to give scoreboards a workout, it may not matter.
Last week: 1
2. Reno Huskies (5-0)
The Huskies have done everything within their power to take the top spot. They’ll get their chance to dethrone the Raiders next week. At Reed.
Reno has outscored its five opponents this year, 182-79.
Last week: 2
3. Carson Senators (3-2)
Led by Abel Carter, Carson is going to put up points this year.
The defense followed suit last week, pitching a shutout at North Valleys. They’ll look to follow that performance up on Friday against a shorthanded Galena offense.
Last week: 3
4. Damonte Ranch Mustangs (4-1)
The Mustangs got off to another sluggish start against McQueen before putting the foot on the accelerator and running away with a 56-17 win.
Damonte has a good chance to improve to 5-1 against a Shasta (Redding, Calif.) team that has lost two straight.
Last week: 4
5. Spanish Springs Cougars (2-2)
The Cougars make their first appearance in the power rankings after shaking an awful start to beat Galena, 36-22.
A win on Friday at McQueen would be the biggest in third-year coach Eric Borja’s tenure.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Douglas Tigers
Week 6 Schedule
Galena at Carson 7 p.m.
Spanish Springs at McQueen 7 p.m.
Shasta (Redding, Calif.) at Damonte Ranch 7 p.m.
Reed at North Valleys 7 p.m.
Hug at Reno 7 p.m.
Bishop Manogue at Douglas 7 p.m.
4A North Standings
High Desert League
Reno 5-0, 0-0
Reed 4-1, 0-0
Spanish Springs 2-2. 0-0
McQueen 1-3, 0-0
Hug 0-3, 0-0
North Valleys 0-4, 0-0
Damonte Ranch 4-1, 0-0
Bishop Manogue 3-2, 0-0
Carson 3-2, 0-0
Douglas 2-3, 0-0
Galena 2-3, 0-0
Week 5 Results
Spanish Springs 36, Galena 22
Reno 49, Douglas 24
Reed 62, Bishop Manogue 27
Damonte Ranch 56, McQueen 17
Carson 56, North Valleys 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