It’s Rivalry Week in Northern Nevada Division I football.
Schools that are geographic rivals play each other Thursday. This is the last week of the regular season. Games are Thursday this week because of the Nevada Day holiday on Friday.
The Northern Division I playoffs are set, final seeds will be determined after Thursday’s games. In the High Desert League, Reed, McQueen, Reno and Spanish Springs will advance to the postseason. In the Sierra League, Carson, Galena, Damonte Ranch, and Douglas will move on to the Region playoffs.
Spanish Springs (2-2 league) is at Reed (4-0). Both are coming off wins. Reed won the High Desert League with a 63-28 win over McQueen and will be the top seed for the playoffs.
The Cougars secured the No. 4 spot with their 34-0 win over Hug as Travis Vargas had 65 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, an interception, a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown and caught a pass for 18 yards. TJ Fiorelli had eight carries for 117 yards and a score.
Reno (3-1) is at McQueen (3-1) with the second-seed on the line. The Huskies beat North Valleys, 58-14, as Lukas McKenzie again put up a phenomenal rushing average. He had four carries for 97 yards, and one score, an average of 24.3 yards per carry. For the season he has 11 carries for 227 yards, an average of 20.6 per carry. Ian Cartlidge rushed for 63 yards and two scores for Reno in the win.
In the Sierra League, Carson, coming off a bye, will be the top seed.
Both Damonte Ranch (2-1) and Galena (2-1) scored huge wins last week. Damonte Ranch rolled over Douglas, 68-21, and Galena shut out Bishop Manogue, 41-0.
Cameron Sandoval also had an impressive rushing day, with eight carries for 186 yards, a 23.3 average, and three scores.
Damonte freshman quarterback Cade McNamara completed 13-of-21 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns, four in the first half. The Mustangs scored three times in a span of 4 minutes in the first quarter.
Damonte plays at Galena on Thursday with the Sierra League second-seed up for grabs.
Carson (3-0) plays at Douglas (1-2) in one of the most heated rivalries in the state.
Hug (0-4) plays at North Valleys (0-4). Manogue has a bye.
The winner of the North Region Division I championship game on Nov. 20 gets to host the Southern Nevada Sunset Region winner, likely Bishop Gorman, at noon on Nov. 28, in a state semifinal game.
In a Division I-A game Thursday, city bragging rights are on the line as Wooster (2-6) plays at Sparks (2-6). South Tahoe beat Sparks, 63-21 and Truckee got by Wooster, 31-20, last Friday.
Sparks averages 22.4 points per game and Wooster averages 20.1.
Only four teams in I-A qualify for the playoffs. They are Fallon (8-0), Spring Creek (7-1), Fernley (6-2) and Elko (6-2).
7 p.m., Hug at North Valleys; Reno at McQueen; Spanish Springs at Reed; Carson at Douglas; Damonte Ranch at Galena; Wooster at Sparks. Bye: Bishop Manogue.
Northern Division I Standings
High Desert League
Reed 4-0 9-0
McQueen 3-1 5-3
Reno 3-1 7-2
Spanish Springs 2-2 3-5
North Valleys 0-4 1-7
Hug 0-4 1-7
Carson 3-0 7-1
Galena 2-1 5-3
Damonte Ranch 2-1 4-5
Douglas 1-2 1-7
Bishop Manogue 0-4 1-8