Football at midseason: Manogue on top; Douglas looking for more

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Douglas’ Connor Jackson towards Galena on Sept. 19, 2022 in Minden.
Photo by Ron Harpin.

The Northern Region high school soccer season has hit its halfway level, with most groups now turning their consideration towards their upcoming league seasons.
Here’s a glance again at the highs and lows of the primary half of the 2022 season, along with a look ahead at what’s coming up because the region’s groups start to battle for playoff spots.

Midseason watch list
Some of the gamers who have made massive impacts in the first half of the 2022 season embrace:
• At Douglas, Connor Jackson has run for 367 yards and three scores; receivers Trace Estes and Kyle Koontz have combined for 21 receptions. Cole Smalley is averaging more than 14 tackles per game.
• At Carson, Marcus Montes has worked exhausting for all of his 242 yards dashing. Versatile Parker Story has lined up all round the field; he’s compiled 179 speeding yards, along with 488 all-purpose yards. Isaac Avina averages 41.5 yards per punt for the Senators.
• In Reno, Bishop Manogue’s Logan Howren has emerged as the highest quarterback within the region, throwing for 1,196 yards and 17 touchdowns. Galena’s Ben Primka is connecting on greater than 65 % of his makes an attempt. On the other facet of the ball, teammate John Solaro is the region’s leading tackler (62).
Reno’s Drew Dutton leads 5A receivers with 24 receptions.
• In Sparks, Reed quarterback Dakota Dunlap has completed almost 60 percent of his passes for 844 yards and five TDs. Teammate Spencer Firebaugh is making a play to turn into the state’s prime rusher; he has 904 yards and 13 TDs at the midseason level.

5A report card
Despite an 0-2 begin, Bishop Manogue has established itself as the group to beat in the 5A North.
After dropping video games to Bingham (Utah) and Jesuit (Calif.) — who are a mixed 8-2 presently — the Miners have had their means with Northern Nevada groups, beating Reed, McQueen and Reno by a mixed 137-53 rating.
Galena has been the season’s largest shock. Entering the season with a 16-game shedding streak, the Grizzlies are 4-1 and have yielded solely 53 points on defense.
At the opposite finish of the size, neither Carson nor Douglas got off to the sort of begins they’d hoped for, becoming a member of defending 5A North champion McQueen at 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league games. Damonte Ranch enters the weekend winless after opening with a challenging non-conference schedule of two California teams and Las Vegas-based Faith Lutheran.

3A update
The preliminaries are over for the region’s 12 3A groups, who will now change their focus to league games.
In the East Division, Lowry (4-0) is amongst the nine unbeaten groups left within the state. The Buckaroos have been led by running back Jesse Jeronimo (502 yards, 4 TDs) and a receiving corps with four players between four and eight catches.
Elko (4-1) and Spring Creek (3-1) each got off to fast starts. The Indians and Spartans meet Oct. 21 in a key game that may even settle bragging rights in Elko County.
In the West Division, Truckee (3-1) has been its usual steady self. Hug, at 2-2, is way improved; the Hawks started the season by breaking a 40-game losing streak.

Out-of-state report card
With league season set to essentially heat up all over Northern Nevada, the region’s video games against out-of-state competitors are principally carried out for the season (Galena does play McKay [Ore.] on Saturday).
Here’s how Northern Region groups combined to fare in opposition to non-Nevada competition:
• Vs. California: 4-11
• Vs. Others: 0-1
• Best results: Reno beat two California invaders, overpowering Linden, 34-6, and stopping Grant, 30-21
• Locally: Both Carson and Douglas went 1-1 against California opponents. The Senators got past Calaveras, 14-0, and the Tigers opened the season with a 20-0 win over Argonaut.

Rivalry recreation, with asterisk
Carson and Douglas meet Oct. 14 in Carson City to proceed the state’s most tradition-rich rivalry. Oddly, it will not be the ultimate regular-season sport for the Tigers, who will host Spanish Springs every week later.
Blame the nine-team format within the 5A North, which ensures that one team per week will be on a bye.

The low point
Once again, the region’s fall sports activities teams could not escape the fallout from poor air high quality from California wildfires, though the impact — thus far — hasn’t been as dangerous as it’s been in some latest years.
Along with a handful of missed video games, the big headline for Northern Region soccer is the scramble that happened from Sept. 15-17, which noticed smoke pouring into the region and groups in the western part of the state trying to find options to get their video games performed.
In the tip, most of the 5A ended up playing on the next Monday. Due to the NIAA’s “five-day window” — no participant can take part in two football games in a five-day period — the 5A schedule shifted by a day and now options four games on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Ten games to watch
Here’s the 10 upcoming games that can go a great distance toward figuring out league champions and playoff spots:
• 5A: Reed at Spanish Springs (Oct. 14); Spanish Springs at Bishop Manogue (Sept. 24); Bishop Manogue at Galena (Sept. 30); Douglas at Carson (Oct. 14); Reno at Damonte Ranch (Sept. 24)
• 3A: Elko at Fallon (Oct. 7); Fallon at Lowry (Oct. 21); Elko at Spring Creek (Oct. 21)
• 2A: Pershing County at Battle Mountain (Oct. 21)
• 1A: Virginia City at Pyramid Lake (Oct. 27)

Saturday’s games
Spanish Springs at Manogue, 10 a.m.
Reno at Damonte Ranch, 10 a.m.
Carson at McQueen, 11 a.m.
McKay (Ore.) at Galena, 4 p.m.
Douglas at Reed, 5:30 p.m.

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