A defensive battle turned on a few mistakes.
Reno took advantage of the last one, though, and escaped with a 14-13 win over Damonte Ranch on Friday at Damonte.
The Huskies put together a 51/2-minute drive over the last half of the fourth quarter. Then Danny Jimenez got behind a Mustangs defender and hauled in a beautiful 34-yard pass to give Reno a 14-13 lead.
“We fought back really hard in the second half. We weren’t playing very good football in the first half. I was just trying to close it out for us,” Jimenez said. “It was a good ball and I was lucky enough to make the catch.”
Damonte Ranch scored first when Dru Jacobs intercepted a pass and ran 40 yards down the right side for a score just before halftime.
Reno answered late in the third quarter when Ian Cartlidge plowed in from a yard out. Damonte committed two penalties on the point-after attempt, so Reno coach Dan Avansino decided to go for the 2-point conversion. It worked, as Devyn Cox ran in.
Reno’s defense had been stellar all night. But with 6:05 remaining, following a Reno turnover, Damonte’s Trever Schryer was wide open in the middle of the field for an 18-yard scoring pass from Drake Vestbie. Reno blocked the extra-point kick.
Avansino said the Huskies have a lot to work on.
“We’re happy, I guess. But I’m only happy because there’s lot of things to fix,” he said. “Success, with a lot of things to fix. But we’ve got to be able to fix them. We’ve been saying the same thing for four weeks now. So we’ve got to really tune it up, mentally.”
He said mental errors and protecting the ball are two big issues.
It was a grind-it-out affair, with both teams trying to run.
Cartlidge was Reno’s leading rusher with 13 carries for 52 yards. Quarterback Isaac Terrasas was 6-of-18 for 83 yards.
Damonte Ranch quarterback Cade McNamara was 13-of-34 for 127 yards. And Vestbie was 2-6 for 24 yards.
Reno held Cameron Sandoval to 41 yards rushing on 15 carries. Damonte’s Sam Banghart did not play. He injured his ankle last week in practice.
“Both teams played real hard, real physical,” Damonte coach Shawn Dupris said. “They just made one more play than we did.”
RENO 14, DAMONTE RANCH 13
KEY TO THE GAME: Reno’s defense shut down the Mustangs’ numerous weapons.
KEY STAT: 41 — Reno held Cameron Sandoval to 41 yards rushing.
UP NEXT: Reno hosts Bishop Manogue and Damonte Ranch is at North Valleys.
FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
Reno 14, Damonte Ranch 13
Fernley 29, Elko 24
Galena 53, North Valleys 7
Carson 28, Spanish Springs 6
Sparks 42, Pershing County 14
McQueen 30, Bishop Manogue 6
Hug 40, Douglas 35
Reed 54, Oak Ridge (Calif.) 42
Fallon 28, South Tahoe 6
Wooster 27, Lowry 14