Spanish Springs got into the win column in its first conference game of the season Friday as they handed McQueen its second league loss, 28-14.
Quarterback Tristan Szabo led the way for the Cougs by throwing for two touchdowns and running for another while totaling 143 yards in the air. Szabo opened the scoring with a six-yard rushing touchdown midway through the first quarter.
The Lancers went on to tie the game in the second quarter before Jordan Dudick and Colby Melton caught touchdown passes to give the Cougs a 21-7 lead at the half. A Parker Luthy 10-yard scoring run late in the third all but put away the game for Spanish Springs. Luthy finished the game with 84 yards on 17 carries.
The balanced attack by the home team saw them finish with exactly the same passing yards as rushing yards, 143.
But it was the defense that shined nearly as much as the offense during the Cougs High Desert League opener. Mason Bebout, Colton Romero and Jackson Laduke each recorded an interception while Wyatt Lallement and Laduke both sacked McQueen’s quarterback. Colby Preston led the Cougs with 10 total tackles and Laduke was right behind him with nine and Michael Binnell eight. Danny Palomino was a perfect 4-for-4 in extra points.
Spanish Springs (4-3, 1-0) is set to play at Hug (0-6, 0-2) Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Raiders scored 14 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second before putting it in cruise control on the way to a 42-0 home win over Hug Friday night.
Reed senior Baylor Horning and junior Jack Franz split time at the quarterback position and each passed for a pair of touchdowns to four different receivers. Tyler Wilson caught the longest one, a 47 yard pass from Horning, while Trevor Kibala, Angel Barboza and Christian Richer also hauled in touchdown catches.
Champ Robertson rushed for 131 yards on just 12 carries, including a 31-yard touchdown.
Tyler Curry led the defensive unit with 10 tackles and Randy Nemedez, Ezra Belingheri, Greg Oltman, Lucca Budija and Richer each finished with one sack. Alex Holland had two interceptions while Barboza also picked off the Hug quarterback.
The Raiders (5-2, 2-0) now sit atop the High Desert League standings and play at Reno (4-2, 1-0) Friday night.
It’s been a rough of it for the Sparks High football team as of late. After being blown out in its last three games, the Railroaders suffered a fourth consecutive blowout loss on Saturday after falling at Truckee 50-7.
Under cloudy skies and rainy conditions, the Wolverines scored early and often to take a 28-7 lead into the half before outscoring Sparks 22-0 after the break.
It won’t get any easy for the Railroaders (2-6, 2-5) as they host first place Churchill County (7-0, 7-0) Friday night at 7 p.m.