McQueen was too fast and too strong and jumped all over Spanish Springs early on Friday night.
Joey Cox completed 18-of 25 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns as McQueen took a 55-31 win over Spanish Springs in a High Desert League game Friday at McQueen.
The Lancers improved to 2-0 in the High Desert League, 4-2 overall. The Cougars dropped to 2-4, 1-1.
“It’s all about league. It’s good to be 2-0 in league,” Cox said.
Photos: McQueen defeats Spanish Springs
Damont Saah rushed 17 times for 101 yards and two scores, including a 66-yard run that closed out McQueen’s scoring. Brandon Aiyuk caught seven passes for 108 yards and one score, all in the first half, although he scored again later. His 28-yard touchdown catch made the score 35-10 with 1 minute, 27 seconds left in the first half.
Spanish Springs answered, though, as Travis Vargas scored from 5 yards out to make it 35-17 at the half.
McQueen opened the game kicking off and the ball ricocheted off a Cougar and into the hands of the Lancers. They marched down the field and scored eight plays later. Then, McQueen received the second-half kickoff when Aiyuk got the ball on a reverse and went 70 yards for a score.
McQueen coach Jim Snelling said the Lancers are improving with each game.
“Just a great overall win,” Snelling said. “Our best offensive game, production-wise, we’ve had all year. That’s what we’re looking for and we’re moving in the right direction. … We made great strides this week.”
McQueen wore black uniforms and it was homecoming, which Snelling said helped fire up his players.
The Lancers kept Cougars quarterback Korbin Marcum in check. He completed 16-of-36 passes for 173 yards and one score. The Lancers also shut down the region’s leading receiver, Austin Cadenhead, limiting him to two catches for 6 yards before he left the game with a knee injury.
Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja said the Lancers were due for an offensive explosion.
“They finally got a chance to showcase their team speed. They’ve been bottled up for a couple of weeks,” Borja said. “We gave them some open lanes and they took full advantage of it and executed about the best you can.”
He said the Lancers’ speed and the Cougars’ inability to tackle led to many of the scores.
”We have to address what our issues are and fix them and get better. Otherwise, it’s going to be tough games the rest of the way,” Borja said.
The Cougars scored twice in the fourth quarter and shut out the Lancers. Ian Check caught a 10-yard pass from Marcum and Tyler Morrison scored on a 3-yard run. Cole Drescher scored in the first quarter on a 12-yard run.
Reed 64, North Valleys 7
Galena 56, Douglas 17
Reno 24, Hug 0
McQueen 55, Spanish Springs 31
Fallon 48, Sparks 0
Elko 42, Lowry 6
Fernley 47, Wooster 14
South Tahoe 41, Dayton 0
Yerington 46, Battle Mountain 23
MCQUEEN 55, SPANISH SPRINGS 31
KEY STAT: 281 — McQueen quarterback Joey Cox threw for 281 yards, 201 in the first half, and four scores.
KEY TO THE GAME: A fast start. McQueen bolted out to an early lead and put the Cougars on their heels.
UP NEXT: McQueen is at North Valleys on Friday; Spanish Springs is at Reno.