Football: Sierra League showdown tonight

Parity should be the name of the game Friday night as the Reno High football team comes to town to face the Douglas Tigers at Ketih "Duke" Roman Field in Minden.

Both the Huskies and the Tigers are 2-0 in league play and have been considered league favorites since before the season started. The winner will have the inside track for the Sierra League title through the rest of the year.

Reno has gone 3-2 overall and Douglas is 4-1 with the teams' only common opponent being Reed. The Raiders prevailed in nearly identical games (38-15 over Douglas and 42-21 over Reno).

Reno brings in the Northern 4A's third-ranked passer in Glenn Wallace, who has passed for 682 yards and eight touchdowns this year, running for an addition 165 yards.

Douglas' David Laird comes in as the No. 4 passer in the region after last week's 250-yard performance against Hug. He has thrown for 603 yards and five touchdowns on the year.

Tiger running back Brock Peterson has been as consistent as they come, running for 500 yards over Douglas' first five games with eight touchdowns on the ground.

He's also caught six passes for 98 yards on the year.

Wallace is Reno's top ball carrier so far, but Brennan Caverhill has 147 yards and two touchdowns as well.

Douglas' defense has been improving every game, but suffered a 312-yard setback against the Hug ground attack last week. The Hawks almost exclusively ran the ball, which caused problems as they had the size advantage on the line and the speed advantage in the backfield.

The Tigers won the conditioning battle, however, and came up with a number of big fourth-quarter stops as Hug began to wear down.

That same conditioning should come into play this week against the athletic Reno receivers.

Douglas has allowed an average of 16.2 points per game, compared to Reno's 14.2 while the Huskies have scored an average of 26 points per game compared to Douglas' 28.6.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Check back to tonight for halftime and postgame updates.


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