Football: Sertoma Game called because of unsportsmanlike conduct

For a period of time Friday night, it looked like the Sertoma All-Star Classic football game might be headed for a classic finish at Mackay Stadium in Reno.

With the Blue team leading 24-14 and the Silver team attempting to stall a Blue drive on third and short with little over two minutes left in the game, it appeared that things could get pretty interesting.

And they did, just not in the sense everyone was thinking.

The Silver was called for an encroachment penalty on the ensuing play, during which a Silver lineman shoved a blue lineman nearly five yards off the ball.

The play after ended in a fight, during which the Silver team was called for unnecessary roughness and the play after that ended with yet another fight.

And with that, the referee called the game at just under the two-minute mark, declaring the Blue team the winner.

It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise standout night for a number of players in the area.

For Douglas, the six Tiger players in uniform for the Silver team (none of whom wre involved in the fights) each had contributions of their own.

Running back Brock Peterson had a big block to spring Reed's Cory Whitaker for a 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and added a handful of carries for about 20 yards in the game.

Lineman Mike Colyer was on the field for nearly every offensive snap, playing both center and guard, while Luke Wartgow - who started at linebacker for the Tigers last fall - made the transition to see some action at offensive guard in the game.

Jeff Nady and Curtis Hartzell saw extensive time on the defensive line and Nady got off a pair of 45-plus-yard punts in the second half.

Linebacker Brandon Lowrance was working with the first-team defense and had six tackles and a big pass breakup in the game.

The Blue team scored two touchdowns on defense (one on a fumble recovery in the end zone and the other on a 92-yard interception return by Spanish Springs' Justin Fronberg).

For a full story, photos and video from the game, check back to Monday.


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