The title game rematch happens in the third week of the high school football season.
Reed travels to take on Carson at 7 p.m. Friday. The two teams met in last season’s Northern championship game with the Raiders taking a 56-28 win.
The two teams have met for the Northern large-school championship each of the past three seasons and four of the past six.
But that’s in the past.
“They’re one of the best teams in the area. Any time you’re going against a Blair Roman-coached team, you better be ready to play football because they’re well-coached, disciplined. They have great schemes,” Reed coach Ernie Howren said. “You can tell they know what they’re doing. They’re adjustments are always spot-on.”
He said the two teams’ consistent success always leads to a great game.
Reed is coming off a 56-16 win over Douglas, after dropping the season opener to Clayton Valley.
Reed linebacker Caleb Ariaz, who was in on 11 tackles in the win over the Tigers, and has 26 for the season, said the Raiders approach every game like it’s a championship.
“Every week, you have to have better technique. Just keep getting better every week,” he said.
Reed is ranked No. 5 in the Maxpreps 4A state rankings. Damonte Ranch is No. 6 and Reno is No. 7.
Tre Bussey rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries in the win last week.
He said last season has no bearing on this week’s game.
“They’re to be thought of as any other team would be. We go into it just thinking it’s another team we have to train hard for,” Bussey said.
Bussey said the loss to Clayton Valley was a lesson for the Raiders.
“The wake-up call was that we’re not always going to be the best and we have to accept that. We have to work hard for whatever we get,” he said. “We definitely learned that we need to work a lot harder than we did in week one. Nothing’s going to be handed to us.”
In a non-league game Friday, Placer, from Auburn, Calif., will play at Reno. The Huskies took a convincing 34-17 win over Carson last week.
The Carson defense was on the field for 65 plays in the first half.
“This is a great indicator of where your team is at early in the year,” Roman said of playing Reno and Reed. “I hope our kids have learned from that (Reno game) and they play better. When you’re up against a good team, especially on the road, you’ve got to have a certain focus and our team hasn’t figured that out yet.”
Carson’s Abel Carter leads the Northern 4A with 424 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Placer is off to a 0-2 start. They have three returning starters from last years section semifinalist team and a sophomore starting at quarterback, Michael Stuck.
Placer has been in Reno recently. The Hillmen beat Damonte Ranch last season, 41-26, en route to the Division 3 playoff semifinals.
Also last Friday, Galena held off Hug, 13-12 for its first win. The Grizzlies (1-1) play at North Valleys (0-1), which is coming off a bye week.
Damonte Ranch also picked up its first win, 26-10 over Edison (Fresno, Calif.), as Cameron Sandoval rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries and caught two passes for 125 yards and two scores.
Damonte Ranch (1-1) is at Hug on Friday. Hug quarterback Shayne Davis led the Hawks in rushing with 122 yards and a touchdown. Sam Moala had 13 tackles for Hug (0-1).
Mustangs quarterback Cade McNamara is the top-rated passer in the Northern 4A with 362 yards and four touchdowns.
Douglas (1-1) will try to get back in the win column when it plays at Spanish Springs.
The Cougars (0-1) lost at Foothill, 46-33, last Friday, giving up 20 points in the fourth quarter.
“We had some fourth-quarter mistakes that hurt us in the end. And we had the first-game mistakes,” Spanish Springs coach Eric Borja said.
He said the Cougars had some costly penalties, and were forced to use some time outs because of those mistakes.
Cougars quarterback Korbin Marcum completed 18-of-30 passes for 289 yards. Austin Cadenhead caught nine of those passes for 125 yards.
McQueen (1-1) has a bye this week. Lancers’ senior receiver Jaydon Gold leads the North with 20 catches for 268 yards.
Football Friday: 7 p.m., Galena at North Valleys; Damonte Ranch at Hug; Reed at Carson; Placer at Reno; Douglas at Spanish Springs; Bishop Manogue at Henley; Wooster at Fallon. 7:30 p.m., Sparks at Elko.