With just two weeks remaining in the regular season for Northern Nevada Division I football, a game for first place is the most intriguing game this Friday.
McQueen at Reed is for first place in the High Desert League as both are 3-0 in league. Reed is 8-0 overall and McQueen is 5-2.
The Lancers have won three in a row following a 28-17 setback at Galena and have been a scoring machine since settling on Joey Cox at quarterback. McQueen has scored 49, 55 and 56 points in its past three games.
Both teams can put up a lot of points. Reed leads the North in scoring at 52.63 points per game and has numerous weapons, including the top two rushers in the North, running back Jorden Carter who has 1,013 yards this season and quarterback Matt Denn who has 948.
Their game could come down to defense. Reed ranks fourth, giving up 22.38 points per game, while McQueen is sixth giving up 24.0.
In the Sierra League, Carson is dominating, 3-0 in league and 7-1 overall. The Senators, who are off this week, have the second-ranked offense at 41.143 ppg and on defense allow 14.86 points.
Galena, Damonte Ranch and Douglas, all 1-1 in league, are scrambling for the second spot and a home playoff game. Douglas could conceivably move into first with wins over Damonte this week and Carson next week.
Damonte hosts Douglas on Friday for Senior Night. Senior Preston Lawrence, middle linebacker, leads the state in tackles with 102. Teammate Robbie Garlock, a junior, is next with 95.
In Damonte’s 63-28 win over Bishop Manogue last week, Lawrence had 11 tackles and two sacks. He has eight sacks on the season.
He’ll be going against his cousin Dawson Comen, who is a junior wingback for Douglas, on Friday.
The Mustangs have the top-rated quarterback, by yards, in freshman Cade McNamara. He has thrown for 1,353 yards on 112-of-211 passing. Denn is next at 85-of-141 for 1,334 yards.
Galena will be trying to keep pace for second place when it plays at Manogue on Friday. The Grizzlies close the season against Damonte on Oct. 29.
Reno hosts North Valleys on Friday. If the Huskies win both their remaining games, they will be the No. 2 seed. They play at McQueen on Oct. 29 to close the regular season.
North Valleys (0-3) will need to win its last two games to have any chance to get the No. 4 spot in the High Desert.
Hug (0-3) is at Spanish Springs (1-2) on Friday with fourth place — and the No. 4 seed for the playoffs – up for grabs. The Cougars are without the Northern Div. I leading receiver, Austin Cadenhead for the rest of the season. He injured his leg in a loss at McQueen on Oct. 9.
Fernley (6-3) plays at Fallon (7-0) on Friday. Spring Creek (6-1) is at Lowry (1-6) and Elko (5-2) is at Dayton (0-9). The Dust Devils have not scored yet this season.
Sparks (2-5) is at South Tahoe (3-4) and Wooster (2-5) hosts Truckee (3-4).
Next week games are on Thursday, Oct. 29, due the Nevada Day holiday.
7 p.m., Hug at Spanish Springs; McQueen at Reed; North Valleys at Reno; Douglas at Damonte; Galena at Bishop Manogue; Sparks at South Tahoe; Truckee at Wooster. Bye: Carson.
Northern Division I Standings
High Desert League
Reed 3-0 8-0
McQueen 3-0 5-2
Reno 2-1 6-2
Spanish Springs 1-2 2-5
North Valleys 0-3 1-6
Hug 0-3 1-6
Carson 3-0 7-1
Galena 1-1 4-3
Douglas 1-1 1-6
Damonte Ranch 1-1 3-5
Bishop Manogue 0-3 1-7