Reno clinches Sierra League title with win at Douglas

Reno High School clinched the Sierra League football championship, but there were some anxious moments before the Huskies closed the book on a 14-6 victory against Douglas Friday night in Minden.

The Huskies scored on their first possession of the night and then held on the rest of the way to win the showdown in the Tigers' homecoming game at Keith Roman Field.

Reno is now 4-0 in league (7-1 overall) with only Wooster left on the schedule. Douglas, which could have thrown the league into a three-way tie for first by winning, dropped to 2-2 (4-4 overall) with a game at Carson coming up next Thursday night.

Reno drove 90 yards on six plays, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brandon Bishop-Parise as the Huskies a 7-0 lead.

The Douglas defense came up with a big stop in the second quarter after Reno's Travis Longobardo intercepted a 3rd-and-25 pass. Longobardo might have scored, except Brandon Shupe made touchdown-saving tackle at the Douglas 25.

The Huskies drove to first-and-goal at 8, but came away empty handed when a field goal attempt missed.

Douglas got a break shortly before halftime, set up by Shane Cauley's 60-yard punt to the Reno 4 with 36 seconds on the clock. On second down, the Tigers' Chad Liunderman forced a fumble on a pass attempt and Shupe recovered at the 1.

On first down, quarterback Luke Rippee hit slotback Mike Garren with a touchdown pass to make it 7-6.

Reno began the second half with a six-play, 65-yard drive for another touchdown and 14-6 lead.

Evan Bill 11-76 rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Luke Rippee was 11-for-24 in the passing department, good for 87 yards.


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