High school football capsules: Division I North championship and I-A, III and IV state championships

High school football capsules: Division I North championship and I-A, III and IV state championships


High school football capsules: Division I North championship and I-A, III and IV state championships


Here’s a look at this weekend’s championship football games. Numbers in parentheses are the team’s seeds.

Division I North championship

(1) REED vs. (1) CARSON

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Damonte Ranch

Records: Reed, 10-1; Carson, 9-2

League finish: Reed tied for first in High Desert League (4-1); Carson won Sierra League (4-0)

2013 playoffs: Reed defeated Douglas, 55-7, and defeated Galena, 53-44; Carson defeated Spanish Springs, 55-42, and defeated Damonte Ranch, 27-10

Previous meeting: Reed 64, Carson 26 (Sept. 27)

Streak: Reed, won 3; Carson, won 6

Points scored: Reed, 536 (48.7 average); Carson, 345 (31.3 average)

Points against: Reed, 260 (23.6 average); Carson, 272 (24.7 average)

Reed leaders: Chris Denn (27 TD passes); Jordan DeLeon (1,510 rushing yards); Trae Wells (978 receiving yards); Collin Palian (117 tackles)

Carson leaders: Garrett Schafer (1,547 passing yards); Nevin Elliott (918 rushing yards); Joey Thurman (7 yards per carry); Cody Cunningham (102 tackles)

The intrigue: Reed blew out Carson in September — but will that matter? Both teams are different today than they were on Sept. 27, especially Carson, which made significant changes on defense. The Senators can use their earlier loss as a form of motivation, but they still have a lot of ground to make up. Two keys will be to limit Reed tailback Jordan DeLeon, who scored five touchdowns against Galena, and to avoid giving up big plays. For Reed, the defense will want to step up a level after giving up 44 points to Galena. The Raiders will want to limit the damage from the Carson backfield of Nevin Elliott and Joey Thurman.

The pick: Reed

Division I-A state championship


When: 4:05 p.m. Saturday

Where: Damonte Ranch

Records: Fallon, 10-1; Faith Lutheran, 11-2

League finish: Fallon tied for first in Division I-A North (8-1); Faith Lutheran won I-A Sunset (5-0)

2013 playoffs: Fallon defeated Fernley, 20-12, and defeated Moapa Valley, 34-24; Faith Lutheran defeated Desert Pines, 48-41, and defeated Lowry, 16-8

Streak: Fallon, won 2; Faith Lutheran, won 11

Points scored: Fallon, 494 (44.9 average); Faith Lutheran, 427 (32.8 average)

Points against: Fallon, 148 (13.4 average); Faith Lutheran, 233 (17.9 average)

Fallon leaders: Morgan Dirickson (32 TD passes); Trent Tarner (1,386 rushing yards); Cameron Matzen (960 receiving yards); Justin Hatfield (9 sacks)

Faith Lutheran leaders: Jacob Deaville (1,692 passing yards); Keenan Smith (20 rushing TDs); Vinny DeGeorge (960 receiving yards); Ben Flandermeyer (139 tackles)

The intrigue: I-A state championship spots have usually been reserved for Truckee and Moapa Valley lately, but two newcomers get their shot in 2013. Which will respond better? Both teams have talented, playmaking rosters and both have survived some tense moments in the playoffs. Faith Lutheran has won 11 straight games, but Fallon could have two edges: playing closer to home and more familiarity with playing in cold, damp conditions.

The pick: Fallon

Division III state championship


When: 1:05 p.m. Saturday

Where: Damonte Ranch

Records: Yerington, 10-0; Mountain View, 10-1

League finish: Yerington won Division III North (5-0); Mountain View won Division III South (7-0)

2013 playoffs: Yerington defeated ROP, 55-14, and defeated The Meadows, 49-7; Mountain View defeated Needles, 41-27; defeated Battle Mountain, 24-6

Streak: Yerington, won 10; Mountain View, won 10

Points scored: Yerington, 459 (45.9 average); Mountain View, 424 (38.5 average)

Points against: Yerington, 66 (6.6 average); Mountain View, 126 (11.4 average)

Yerington leaders: Josh Lauderdale (634 rushing yards); Reese Neville (1,310 all-purpose yards); Tylor Thomas (12 sacks); Jose Rubio (4 interceptions)

Mountain View leaders: Matthew Larson (1,028 rushing yards); Ian Locke (1,557 total yards); Nick Jenisns (5 interceptions); Noah Van Kempen (19.3 yards per reception)

The intrigue: Pershing County is out of the playoffs, but Yerington would like nothing better than to extend Northern Nevada’s streak of Division III titles. The Lions — the lone undefeated team left from Northern Nevada — are solid on both sides of the ball. Six different backs have rushed for 300 or more yards on offense, while the defense has yielded just 66 points all season and pitched four shutouts. Mountain View will need a complete team effort to win this one.

The pick: Yerington

Division IV state championship


When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Indian Springs

Records: Pahranagat Valley, 11-0; Spring Mountain, 8-2

2013 playoffs: Pahranagat Valley defeated Tonopah, 60-6, and defeated Coleville, 62-14; Spring Mountain defeated Indian Springs, 76-28, and defeated Wells, 38-35

Previous meeting: Pahranagat Valley 54, Spring Mountain 22 (Sept. 27)

The intrigue: This game was scheduled to be played as part of a tripleheader Saturday at Damonte Ranch, but was moved to Indian Springs after both South-based teams won in the semifinals. Pahranagat Valley has won five straight state titles and has the nation’s longest winning streak (68 games), so there’s not much actual intrigue here. A Spring Mountain win would be the upset of the year and would rival Fernley’s upset over Truckee last season.

The pick: Pahranagat Valley

— Duke Ritenhouse, RGJ


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