The Coleville Wolves football team looked rusty in their return to action after a bye week, holding a narrow 22-8 halftime lead over league rival Smith Valley.
Coleville took control of the game in the second half outscoring Smith Valley 38-12 en route to a 60-20 victory.
"We didn't come out with much intensity and made too many mistakes including penalties that cost us two early touchdowns," commented Coach Will Sandy. "I don't think we were mentally ready to play and Smith Valley really came to play."
Quarterback Seth Huhta led Coleville's offense with a career high five touchdown passes. Huhta completed 12-of-15 for 311 yards with no interceptions.
Nestor Gutierrez led the Coleville receivers with 120 yards including touchdown receptions of 65 and 22 yards. Matt Muniz caught a 47-yard touchdown pass and ended the day with 84 yards receiving. Muniz also scored on a 30 yard run. Miguel Saldivar caught one pass for a 30-yard score and Tylor Pemberton found the endzone on a 51-yard reception.
Tailback Jacob Park was held to 47 yards rushing on 12 carries but still managed to score two touchdowns. Park scored on a 6-yard run and returned a kickoff 70 yards for his second touchdown.
Coleville's defense was led by Tylor Pemberton with nine solos and 16 assists and Nestor Gutierrez with six solos, five assists, and two interceptions. Also playing well were Joel Gomez with two solos, four assists, and a sack and Elisha Pearce-Brown with 12 assists.
Coleville moves to 1-0 in league play and 5-0 overall. Coleville will travel to Silver Stage on Saturday for a game beginning at 1 p.m.
The Whittell Warriors football team knew they were in for a tough night against Lovelock on Friday, but what else can be expected from the two-time defending state champions?
Lovelock lived up to its former titles and defeated Whittell 58-0, but despite the shutout the Warriors are not broken. The homecoming loss probably stings a little, but Lovelock was never a must win for the Warriors.
"We've got North Tahoe, Incline and ROP circled as our must win to make playoffs," Whittell coach David Housel said. "We're still sitting at fifth right now, behind Incline."
It's not that the Warriors played poorly on Friday. They did what they could with a team of 16 eligible players.
Lovelock was just that good, plain and simple good.
"We moved the ball. Our line just couldn't match up against theirs. They have some big boys," Housel said.
The Mustangs were definitely big and they could move. Randolph McLean and Jared Jensen each put up a touchdown for Lovelock, but the it was Jacob Flores who really put a dent in the Warriors defense. Flores was uncatchable and he ran four balls into the Warriors' end zone.
Incline is up next for Whittell and a win there would be big for the Warriors.
Incline won it's Friday game against Silver Stage 42-0 and advanced to 2-1 in league. Whittell now sits 1-2 in league, with two of the toughest teams, Battle Mountain and Lovelock, out of the way.
"We need to play hard but I really think it's going to come down to us and Incline for that fourth playoff spot," Housel said. "It will probably come down to our last game," Housel said. "It will be a league game and there will be a really good chance that if we take care of business at North Tahoe that game will decide playoffs."