It’s starting to get fun now.
A couple games with massive playoff implications came down to the final minutes last Friday night, the first night of 4A North league play.
Douglas erased a 28-17 deficit at home against Bishop Manogue to come back and steal a 32-28 win. Spanish Springs escaped at McQueen thanks to a game-saving/game-winning 100-yard pick six at the end of regulation by Austin Cadenhead.
The biggest surprise, however, was Reno needing to break a sweat at home against Hug before salvaging a 27-18 win.
Five games kick off Friday for week 7, but there will be one everyone will be interested in: Reno at Reed.
The Huskies are the last undefeated 4A North team standing, and they’ll be on the road against the bully of Northern Nevada. The winner of that one will have a clear path to the High Desert League title and will be a sizeable favorite in every game until mid-November.
To view how the power rankings have progressed this season, click here.
1. Reed Raiders (5-1)
The 58-0 win over North Valleys didn’t reveal anything. Although, the shutout had to feel good for a defense that has shown some weaknesses.
It all comes down to Friday night at home against Reno. It’s hard to see that one not determining the High Desert League title.
Last week: 1
2. Reno Huskies (6-0)
The Huskies were maybe looking ahead to the Reed matchup, needing to grind out a home win over Hug.
Reno has arguably the best defense in Northern Nevada. It will face its toughest test against the Raiders.
Last week: 2
3. Damonte Ranch Mustangs (5-1)
The Mustangs have made like Reed and rattled off five straight since dropping the opener to tough out-of-state competition.
The explosive offense sputtered in a few games early but has now scored 110 points the last two weeks.
Damonte hosts Carson next week, in case you were wondering.
Last week: 4
4. Carson Senators (4-2)
Dropping a spot this week is less due to last week’s win, and more about what Damonte is starting to do offensively.
Carson’s offense is pretty good, too. Abel Carter had 163 yards and two touchdowns against Galena. On 11 carries.
Last week: 3
5. Spanish Springs Cougars (3-2)
Spanish Springs went out of its way to make the win over McQueen interesting. But to quote every football coach ever, a win is a win.
Korbin Marcum is in the conversation for best quarterback in the 4A North.
The Cougars are developing a case of the fumbles. They’d be advised to chase them.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Douglas Tigers
Week 7 Schedule
No. 1 Reed at No. 2 Reno 7 p.m.
No. 5 Spanish Springs at North Valleys 7 p.m.
No. 3 Damonte Ranch at Douglas 7 p.m.
No. 4 Carson at Bishop Manogue 7 p.m.
Hug at McQueen 7 p.m.
4A North Standings
High Desert League
Reno 6-0, 1-0
Reed 5-1, 1-0
Spanish Springs 3-2, 1-0
McQueen 1-4, 0-1
Hug 0-4, 0-1
North Valleys 0-5, 0-1
Carson 4-2, 1-0
Douglas 3-3, 1-0
Damonte Ranch 5-1, 0-0
Bishop Manogue 3-3, 0-1
Galena 2-4, 0-1
Week 6 Scores
Spanish Springs 28, McQueen 15
Douglas 32, Bishop Manogue 28
Reno 27, Hug 18
Damonte Ranch 54, Shasta (Redding, Calif.) 24
Carson 40, Galena 13
Reed 58, North Valleys 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