Cougs pick up first win; Railroaders drop to 0-2
It wasn’t the opening to the season that Reed was hoping for.
Just over eight months removed from a loss to Bishop Gorman in the state title game, the Raiders were blasted on the road Friday night at Bishop Manogue, 50-7.
Reed lost a bulk of their 2017 regional title winning team to graduation, and also lost one of its returning starters, lineman John Keely, to a leg injury early in Friday’s contest.
But it was Manogue’s Peyton Dixon who was making headlines after Friday’s game. The senior running back rushed for 273 yards and six touchdowns in the blowout victory for his team.
Raiders quarterback Baylor Horning couldn’t get much going all night, finishing 15-for-33 on pass attempts while throwing two interceptions. The senior had some bright spots, however, and threw for 184 yards and a touchdown to Tyler Wilson to in the third quarter to avoid the shutout.
Reed (0-1) will look to rebound Friday when they host Oak Ridge, Calif. (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. The Raiders came away with a 24-21 win over the Trojans last season on Sept. 15 in Eldorado Hills, Calif. Oak Ridge has won both its games so far this season, and are coming off of a 42-0 victory last Friday against Vacaville.
The Cougs picked up their first win of the young season, in large part due to the outstanding play of their young quarterback, Tristan Szabo.
Szabo tossed six touchdowns and passed for 355 yards Friday night in a 47-13 win over Nevada Union in Grass Valley, Calif.
The sophomore spread the ball around and connected with nine different receivers in the blowout victory. Leading the way was Jordan Dudick who caught seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Colby Melton, Michael Binnell, Parker Luthy and Jackson Laduke also all caught a touchdown pass.
Colby Preston ran in the lone rushing touchdown from three yards out. Preston also lead the team in tackles with 20.
Spanish Springs (1-1) returns to the field Friday for its home opener against Monterey Trail (2-0) from El Grove, Calif.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Tyler Green threw for three touchdowns and 176 yards Friday night but it wasn’t enough as the Railroaders fell on the road to Lowry, 35-22.
The Railroaders defense held Buckaroos quarterback Brendan Domire to just two completions, but they couldn’t stop his running attack as the senior ran in four touchdowns for Lowry.
James Renfrow Jr. caught six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown for Sparks while Andrew Thompson and Michael Fregillana Jr. both hauled in a touchdown.
Sparks (0-2, 0-1) resumes conference play Friday night when they host South Tahoe (0-2, 0-1) at 7 p.m.