Railroaders fall 18-8 to Mustangs
Perhaps you have no choice but to believe in moral victories when taking over a program that hasn’t put together a winning season since 2007.
Brad Rose coached his first game for Sparks on Friday night, an 18-8 road loss to Lovelock, the defending 2A state champions.
“(Tonight) absolutely was a positive,” Rose said. “Our defensive is showing what they showed in the scrimmage (last Friday against Damonte Ranch and North Valleys), that they are tough and aggressive and are going to play well for us this year. And an improved showing by our offense at the end of the game has me very hopeful for next week and weeks beyond.”
“I take away our toughness. We were a tough football team tonight.”
The Railroaders’ spread offense was kept off the board all night, so it was the special teams that scored Sparks’ first points of the season.
Lovelock hit a field goal to go up 18-0 in the fourth quarter and Carlos Rodriguez took the ensuing kickoff the distance and the Railroaders converted the two-point attempt.
The Mustangs led 8-0 late in the first half and facing a fourth-down at his own 30, Rose opted to go for it. A fumbled snap botched the play and Lovelock scored quickly after to go up 15-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
“If there was any play I wish I could take back, it’s (that one),” Rose said.
Sparks will head up to the Lake next Friday to start 3A North play against South Tahoe and wide receiver/tight end McCallan Castles, a Cal commit.