Neither Reno’s defense nor the muddy, sloppy field conditions could stop Reed.
While it wasn’t the Raiders’ usual offensive showcase. they put together enough to take a 27-11 win over Reno on Friday at Reed. It was the High Desert League opener for both teams.
Jorden Carter was was a force for Reed, rushing for 113 yards and one score on 27 carries as the Raiders improved to 6-0 overall, 1-0 in HDL games.
“It was a tough battle. They are big up front. Our linemen just kept working and working and we kept running the ball and it worked for us in the end,” Carter said. “Our offense just kept going and our defense stepped up when they needed to.”
Carter said the field was slippery but it was not a factor.
“Jorden’s been having great games all season long. He is one of those grinders up front that, along with the offensive line, he just keeps the ball going for us, “Reed coach Ernie Howren said. “He’s a big-time back. He has the ability to grind it or he has the ability to take off.”
Parker Houston got the scoring started for Reed as he took a hand-off and ran 13 yards up the middle in the first quarter.
Reed got one touchdown in each quarter. The extra-point kick in the fourth was partially blocked and bounced off the upright.
Michael Spivack also scored, on a 9-yard pass from Matt Denn, and Robert Ferrel scored on a 13-yard pass from Denn, in which he was wide open in the middle of the end zone.
It was not a typical day for Denn, but it was still very good. He rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries and completed 9-of-15 passes for 79 yards.
“Reno is well-coached. That is one of the most disciplined teams out there,” Howren said. “You couldn’t have expected anything different than that.”
One downside for Reed was three consecutive encroachment penalties on a Reno extra-point attempt. Ian Cartlidge had scored for the Huskies on a 1-yard plunge on a drive that ate up several minutes in the fourth quarter.
Cartlidge ended up with 96 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Reno was hurt by a lost fumble and a few bad snaps. The Huskies tried to slow the game down to keep the Raiders’ offense off the field.
“We just had some untimely errors, the snaps, we had some drives going and it killed our momentum a little bit,” Reno coach Dan Avansino said.
Reed lineman Nick Gregg rolled his ankle early in the fourth quarter and sat out the rest of the game.
REED 27, RENO 11
KEY TO THE GAME: Reed’s offensive line got great pushes up front, opening enough space for runners to slip through.
KEY STAT: 228 — Matt Denn and Jorden Carter’s combined rushing yards
UP NEXT: Reed is at North Valleys; Reno plays at Hug