Reed showed it is still the top dog in the North.
The Raiders, usually an offensive powerhouse, got an outstanding defensive effort and held off Reno, 28-14, in a 4A football game Friday at Reed to hand the Huskies their first loss of the season.
Reed senior running back Tre Bussey rushed for 189 yards on 20 carries before someone stepped on his ankle in the fourth quarter.
Reed improved to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in the High Desert League, and has won 22 consecutive games against Northern 4A opponents.
“We knew it was going to be a big game,” Bussey said. “But, we came into the game thinking it’s just another week. We didn’t try to approach it any different way.”
He credited the offensive line for opening holes for him.
“We got some chunks. I love my offensive line. They did a great job,” he said.
Bussey said it is a minor injury to his ankle and he will be fine next week. He scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 4 minutes, 23 seconds left in the second quarter.
With 40 seconds left in the first half, Reed quarterback Cameron Emerson ran in from 19 yards out after all his receivers were covered to give the Raiders 14-0 lead at the break.
Reno coach Dan Avansino called that a key turning point.
Another critical play was when Reno appeared to have scored, but instead it was ruled a fumble and the Raiders recovered. Reed scored four plays later, on a 50-yard run by Emerson to make it 28-7 with 5:21 left.
“Didn’t go exactly to play, we had our chances,” Avansino said.
Brandon Kaho rushed 17 times for 130 yards as Reno dropped to 6-1, 1-1 in the HDL. Kaho played a lot at quarterback and completed 6-of-10 passes for 43 yards.
Reed had two interceptions that also helped turn the tide, both by Caleb Ariaz.
Reed coach Ernie Howren said the Raiders had to rely on defense.
“I feel like they’ve been one click away from really shining, and they shined tonight,” Howren said. “We had to lean on the defense, offensively. Somebody said the ball bounced our way; no, those guys made those opportunities happen.”
Reno scored in the third quarter on a 7-yard run by Reese Taylor to pull within 14-7. A big play on the drive was a 21-yard pass from Kaho to Keegan Feroah.
Bussey was injured after he rambled in from 14 yards out, then lost the ball in the end zone. Teammate Robert Ferrel was there to land on it, though, for the score.
Reno quarterback Drake Vestbie did not play much in the first half. In the fourth quarter, with the Huskies trying to catch up, Vestbie was at QB and finished 10-of-15 for 74 yards and one score.
Avansino said he was trying to get the Raiders out of their usual fast-paced, offensive game and slow them down.
“They’re a good football team. That’s it,” Avansino said of the Raiders.
Reno will host North Valleys next week and McQueen is at Reed.
Spanish Springs scored 13 points in final 1:30 to beat North Valleys, 38-35, Friday night.
McQueen beat Hug, 49-21 as Zach Ball threw for three touchdowns and ran for one.
McQueen 42, Hug 21
Spanish Springs 38, North Valleys 35
Reed 28, Reno 14
Carson 33, Bishop Manogue 6
Damonte Ranch 47, Douglas 42
Fernley 15, Wooster 14
Fallon 35, Sparks 0
Spring Creek 63, Truckee 34
South Tahoe 57, Dayton 0
Elko 33, Lowry 6
Yerington 45, West Wendover 6