Reno Gazette Journal
Published 2:32 AM EDT Oct 25, 2019
Spanish Springs and Damonte Ranch both made statements in their in their wins Friday night and Wooster is proving to be a contender.
The Cougars shut out Reno, 28-0, the first time the Huskies have been held scoreless this season; Damonte Ranch shut out Douglas, 42-0, and McQueen got back on track in beating Hug, 42-6.
Wooster won a thriller over Carson, 35-28, getting a turnover in the final seconds as the Senators threatened to tie the game, again.
Wooster led 28-10, in the third and 28-13 midway through the fourth, but the Senators rallied to tie it at 28 with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left in the game.
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Damonte sophomore Ashton Hayes scored three times, Ethan Kulpin and Nick Vargas each scored once in the win over Douglas.
Damonte Ranch has won four straight Sierra League titles and gone 43-5 over the past four seasons, with only two losses to Northern Nevada teams in that time.
The Cougars were not perfect Thursday, but were stout on defense.
Four players scored, quarterback Tristan Szabo on a 5-yard run; Mason Bebout on a 5-yard pass from Szabo; Trey Hummel on a 20-yard pass from Szabo and Jackson Laduke on a 28-yard pass from Szabo.
Parker Luthy rushed 26 times for 138 yards (unofficially) for the Cougars. Trey Hummel caught nine passes from Tristan Szabo for 121 yards and a score.
Laduke, who plays both ways for Spanish Springs and has committed to play for Oregon, said the Cougars defense came up big.
They held Reno senior Drue Worthen to 68 yards rushing on 17 carries. Worthen went into the game as the second-leading rusher in the Northern 4A, behind Damonte sophomore Ashton Hayes.
“Our defense really showed up tonight, to be able to hold Drue, after what he’s been doing doing lately,’ Laduke said. “Our offense, we struggled at times, but we really bounced back when we needed to.”
Laduke score came after the Cougars had punted, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave them the ball back in Reno territory.
He said the Cougars attention will turn immediately to Reed.
Spanish Springs hosts Reed on Nov. 1 for Rivalry Week. Reno plays at McQueen and Carson is at Douglas. Carson and Hug are eliminated from the Regional playoffs.
Galena plays at Bishop Manogue on Monday night, in a game that was postponed from Thursday, and could have implications for second place in league, which means a potential home game for the Regional playoffs.
Rivalry Week will continue on Saturday, Nov. 2 as 1 p.m., Bishop Manogue plays at at Wooster (1 p.m.) and Damonte Ranch is at Galena (4 p.m.).
In the Northern 3A, the playoffs are set, even with another game remaining.
For the second year in a row, Fallon’s football team capped off an undefeated league season.
The Greenwave are the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs and will face the winner of Spring Creek-Lowry in two weeks.
Next Friday (Nov. 1), No. 5 Spring Creek is at No. 4 Lowry. On Saturday (Nov. 2) , No. 6 seed Elko will play at No. 3 Truckee.
Top- seed Fallon and No. 2 Fernley have byes next week.
Fallon is first in the Northern 3A in points scored, points allowed, touchdowns and interceptions.
In the Southern 3A. Virgin Valley and Cheyenne are top seeds and have first-round byes.
On Friday (Nov. 1), Del Sol plays at Boulder City and Moapa Valley plays at Pahrump Valley.
Thursday’s football scores
McQueen 42, Hug 6
Spanish Springs 28, Reno 0
Wooster 35, Carson 28
Damonte Ranch 42, Douglas 0
North Valleys 32, Sparks 14
Fallon 40, Lowry 21
Spring Creek 40, Elko 0
Yerington 47, West Wendover 0
Battle Mtn. 42, Pershing County 6
Pyramid Lake 56, Owyhee 0
Friday: 1 p.m. Sierra Lutheran at Virginia City, 7 p.m., Coral Academy at Incline.
Saturday: 1:30 p.m., South Tahoe at Truckee.
Monday: 6 p.m., Galena at Manogue.
Northern 4A Standings
(School – league, overall records)
Damonte 4-0 8-1
Manogue 2-1 4-3
Galena 2-1 3-4
Wooster 2-2 3-6
Douglas 1-3 3-6
Carson 0-4 2-7
Spanish Springs 3-0 6-3
Reno 2-1 7-2
Reed 2-1 5-3
McQueen 1-2 3-5
Hug 0-4 0-10
Northern 3A Standings
Spring Creek 4-4
South Tahoe 2-5
North Valleys 1-7
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.