The No. 1 seed Raiders did what they were supposed to in Friday night’s 4A North quarterfinal at home against the No. 4 seed Miners.
The five-time defending regional champions (10-1) built a big early lead and coasted late to a convincing 69-18 victory over Bishop Manogue (4-6) that featured running clock the entire second half.
Senior running back Tre Bussey returned after missing last week’s game against Spanish Springs with a minor shoulder injury and certainly looked rested. Bussey ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries – a 17.7 yard per carry average. His final touchdown, a 49-yarder at the end of the first half, extended Reed’s lead to 49-12 and enacted the running clock mercy rule.
As a team, Reed racked up 566 yards of offense, 306 on the ground.
Junior quarterback Cameron Emerson completed 8-of-14 passes for 219 yards and three scores. Michael Spivack hauled in two touchdowns on three receptions for 125 yards. Robert Ferrel also caught a touchdown. He finished with 87 receiving yards on four grabs.
Ferrel got in on the passing game as well, throwing a 40-yard touchdown to Spivack on a trick play.
The Raiders have now won 10 straight and will be at home again for the 4A North semifinals against Douglas on Thursday. The Tigers won their playoff opener, 24-6, over Spanish Springs.
The Raiders went to Minden in week two of the season and handled the Tigers, 53-16.