The Spanish Springs High football team won its conference opener Friday night when they defeated McQueen 30-22 at home.
Coming off of two straight losses, the Cougs were able to get on the board early and took a 21-16 lead into the break. The defense took it the rest of the way for the home team as they held the Lancers to just six second-half points on their way to the victory.
Jackson Laduke and Chase Martin each had a sack for the Cougs while Colby Melton, Gabby Ordaz, and Ossian Liber all recorded an interception. Colby Preston led the defense in tackles with 15.
Spanish Springs improved to 3-3 overall with the win and 1-0 in conference play. They will use their bye to rest up this week before hosting North Valleys Oct. 13.
The Raiders continued their hot play Friday night by rolling over a winless North Valleys team 65-14 at Reed High School.
After getting out to a quick 30-0 lead in the first, the Raiders never let the Panthers up off the mat and led 51-7 at the half. They continued the onslaught after the break and cruised to an easy win.
Running backs Champ Robertson and George Moreno led the team with two touchdowns apiece in the rout. Jonathan Colby hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass and fellow wideout Demarea Johnson scored on a pass from 16 yards out.
With the win, the Raiders moved to 5-1, 1-0 and will take on Reno next on Oct. 13.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Sparks High School football team. After a brief two-game winning streak, the Railroaders have now lost two straight, most recently a 33-6 loss to Fernley on Friday night.
After falling behind 20-6 at the break, Sparks went on to get blanked in the second half.
The lone bright spots for the home team were senior running backs, Jorge Dominguez and Carlos Rodriguez. Rodriguez scored the only touchdown for the Railroaders and rushed for 92 total yards while Dominguez carried the ball 20 times for 129 yards.
Sparks (2-4, 2-3) will battle 3A Northern Conference foe Truckee (5-1, 4-1) Friday night at home. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Excel Christian (3-2, 1-2) lost to Virginia City by forfeit last week and is set to take on Coleville (2-2, 1-2) Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Sparks.