The clock is ticking and the time is now for the 11 Division I North football teams.
With all the interleague games now completed, along with all the trips to California and other exotic locales, the rest of the schedule is filled with all-important league games.
Both the High Desert League and Sierra League schedules are short, so there’s not much margin for error, especially for those teams thinking of hosting a first-round playoff game.
Most teams will play their second league games Friday. And it’s a whale of a schedule, particularly in the HDL.
Other news and notes from around the region:
On the rise
Three teams coming off notable efforts:
• Reno (4-2): The Huskies’ defense is for real. They’ve held four of six opponents to six or fewer points.
• Douglas (2-5): The Spanish Springs game will only go down as a non-league win, but the Tigers will take all the momentum they can get entering the bulk of their Sierra League schedule.
• Yerington (4-2): The Lions have won four straight since a shaky opening to the season. The Division III North title is theirs to win.
Games of the week
Four games in six sentences. A first glance at the games to look forward to this week:
• Hug at Reno: Two of the better defense in the region will be on the field for a key High Desert League game.
• McQueen at Spanish Springs: An important midseason game for both teams. McQueen will look to avoid an 0-2 hole in HDL games.
• Galena at Douglas: The Grizzlies played a full six-game nonleague schedule in an effort to be prepared for the short Sierra League season. The road trip to Minden is their opener.
• Whittell at Mineral County: The 7-0 Warriors have been one of the season’s biggest surprises, but they’ll get their first big test Friday in Hawthorne.
Shining a spotlight on …
… Douglas WR/RB Nick Abreu.
After beginning the season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback, Abreu has found more success operating as an outside threat. He leads the team with 17 receptions and 119 receiving yards, and he’s made the most of his rushing opportunities, scoring six touchdowns on the ground. Abreu is also Douglas’ top kick returner. His touchdown on the second-half kickoff last week against Spanish Springs broke the game open.
HDL gets bragging rights
It’s the sort of thing that often runs in cycles — and it’s different for every sport — but for the 2014 football season, the teams north of Plumb Lane can say they got the better of the teams on the south side.
The High Desert League and Sierra League have finished their crossover games for the season, with the HDL coming away with a decisive edge in wins, 16 to 5. Carson had three of the Sierra League’s wins.
For now, it’s a piece of trivia. But it’s a disparity that’s sure to be noticed again once the first round of the Division I North playoffs is determined. All four of those games will be HDL-Sierra crossovers.