What a difference a week makes.
Last week, Reno coach Dan Avansino said his team failed in every phase of the game.
And while Reno got a win, no one, from players to coaches, was happy with the effort.
This week, the Huskies returned home — and back into Avansino’s good graces — with a dominant 44-6 win over Spanish Springs.
The Huskies (6-2 overall, 2-1 High Desert League) controlled every facet of the game from the opening whistle. The defense pushed Spanish Springs (2-5, 1-2) backwards for most of the night, while the offense was able to put together both long drives and explosive scoring plays.
Reno even reached into its bag of tricks, attempting a double pass, a hook-and-lateral and a double-reverse.
“Last week, our longest play from scrimmage was 17 yards,” Avansino said. “We had some explosive plays today. Of all the things in this game, that’s the thing I’m most happy with.”
Offensively, Reno scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and hit on a 76-yard double-pass from Cameron Daugherty to Nick Clayton, a 73-yard pass from Isaac Terrasas to Brandon Kaho, and a 21-yard pass to Brandon Hunter.
The Huskies were led by running back Lukas McKenzie’s 96 yards.
“We were able to hit the holes with our backs and they just followed us all night,” Reno lineman Carlos Barraza said. “Our game plan this week was going straight ahead at them; run it straight at them.”
On the other side of the ball, the Huskies allowed 44 yards of offense in the first half, forced a fumble, had an interception, blocked a punt, got a safety and didn’t allow a touchdown until late in the game.
“Defense always comes first at Reno High School,” Avansino said. “It’s the first thing we practice in the summer. It’s the first thing we do every single week. Yes, we want a shutout, but it’s good to see Spanish Springs continue to play hard.”
The Huskies finish the regular season against North Valleys and at McQueen.