The battle of two of the top teams in the High Desert League didn’t disappoint Friday night, but the Raiders ended up on the short side of a back and forth contest against Reno. The Huskies used a big third quarter and some key defense to hold off Reed 27-24 at Reed High.
The Raiders got on the board first midway through the first quarter with a short Jack Franz rushing touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. Drue Worthen and the Huskies would answer on the next drive as he punched it in from 10 yards out to tie it up. The two teams traded field goals the remainder of the half and went to the break tied at 10.
After a touchdown in the third quarter, Reno struck again when Brett Hamlin scored from two yards out to take a 24-10 lead. Franz responded with another rushing touchdown to cut the lead in half heading into the final quarter.
Reno’s Colby Thomas connected with his second field goal of the game with four minutes to go to widen the lead to 27-17 before Franz ran for his third touchdown of the night just a minute later. The Huskies gained a first down on their next possession and ran out the clock for the win.
Franz was just 7-for-21 on pass attempts for 106 yards and an interception, but made up for it with his legs as he rushed for 51 yards and all three Reed touchdowns. Elijah Tau-Tolliver carried the ball 14 times for 120 yards while Malachi Bibbs had 88 rushing yards for Reed.
Roman Villegas led the Raiders in total tackles with nine and Ben Tucker had eight.
The loss dropped Reed to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in league play. Reno improved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in the High Desert League.
The Raiders are off next week and finish the regular season slate with Spanish Springs on Nov. 1.
Spanish Springs 42, Hug 0
The Cougars rolled to a 42-0 victory over Hug Friday night and now sit tied for first place with a huge game ahead of them this week.
Spanish Springs scored early and often over the winless Hawks and led 35-0 at half. The Cougs. Tristan Szabo completed the rout with a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to put his team up 42-0 with a running clock.
It was the fifth straight win for Spanish Springs, and they improved to 5-3 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.
Up next, the Cougs have a huge game at Reno on Thursday in what is a battle of the top two teams in the High Desert League. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Reno High School.
Churchill County 56, Sparks 0
The Railroaders dropped their eighth straight game on Friday when they fell at Churchill County, 56-0.
The Greenwave had four rushing touchdowns and racked up a total of 324 yards on the ground.
Sparks (1-8, 0-7) finishes out its season tomorrow night at North Valleys.