High school football in Northern Nevada is starting to reveal its true colors.
Spanish Springs scored 19 points in less than six minutes to storm back and beat North Valleys, 38-35, in one of the best finishes in years. Austin Cadenhead recovered an onside kick, then caught the game-winning 38-yard touchdown pass from Korbin Marcum with just 14 seconds left.
Reed’s defense answered some critics with a dominating effort in 28-14 win over Reno. The win all but locked up another league title for the Raiders. They still have to get past McQueen, Hug and Spanish Springs.
In the Sierra League, Douglas mounted a rally late but couldn’t complete the climb, falling 47-42 to Damonte Ranch. The Mustangs have won six straight since dropping their opener.
Damonte now prepares for what will likely amount to the Sierra League title game, Friday night, at home, against Carson. Abel Carter and the Senators have rattled off four straight wins since a 1-2 start.
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1. Reed Raiders (6-1)
What defensive issues?
Reed held Brandon Kaho and Reno’s complicated offense to 14 points on Friday night and forced four turnovers that swung the game.
The Raiders have now won 22 straight against 4A North competition and are clearly still the class of Northern Nevada.
Last week: 1
2. Reno Huskies (6-1)
Yes, the Huskies lost last week.
But a narrow road loss to the best team in the 4A North doesn’t necessarily warrant a drop in the rankings. Without some awfully timed turnovers, Reno would’ve had a legit shot at knocking off the Raiders.
The defense is still stout and Kaho presents a massive challenge to opposing defenses.
Last week: 2
3. Damonte Ranch Mustangs (6-1)
Damonte let its foot off the gas last Friday night and Douglas nearly capitalized. It’s very possible with a sizeable lead late, the Mustangs started looking ahead to the matchup with Carson.
Sophomore Cade McNamara completed 22-of-34 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. Cameron Sandoval ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on just 21 carries.
There are a lot of ways this team can beat you.
Last week: 3
4. Carson Senators (5-2)
The Senators maybe started looking ahead to Friday night one week too early as well. Carson wasn’t exactly impressive in a 33-6 win over Bishop Manogue.
Regardless, it sets up a matchup against the Mustangs, who are also unbeaten in league play.
Those who like defense will be encouraged to look away in this one. The scoreboard is going to get a workout.
Last week: 4
5. Spanish Springs Cougars (4-2)
Somehow, someway, Spanish Springs found a way to steal a 38-35 win at North Valleys last Friday.
Korbin Marcum threw for 300 plus yards for the second consecutive game.
The Cougars have now won three straight for the first time since 2012. A home win over Hug would give them their first four-game winning streak since 2010.
Last week: 5
Outside looking in: Douglas Tigers
Week 8 Schedule
No. 4 Carson at No. 3 Damonte Ranch 7 p.m.
Bishop Manogue at Galena 7 p.m.
Hug at No. 5 Spanish Springs 7 p.m.
McQueen at No. 1 Reed 7 p.m.
North Valleys at No. 2 Reno 7 p.m.
4A North Standings
High Desert League
Reed 6-1, 2-0
Spanish Springs 4-2, 2-0
Reno 6-1, 1-1
McQueen 2-4, 1-1
Hug 0-5, 0-2
North Valleys 0-6, 0-2
Carson 5-2, 2-0
Damonte Ranch 6-1, 1-0
Douglas 3-4, 1-1
Galena 2-4, 0-1
Bishop Manogue 3-4, 0-2
Week 7 Scores
Reed 28, Reno 14
Spanish Springs 38, North Valleys 35
McQueen 49, Hug 21
Damonte Ranch 47, Douglas 42
Carson 33, Bishop Manogue 6
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