Reed defeats Douglas, 55-7
The Reed Raiders are still the team to beat in Northern Nevada high school football.
Jordan de Leon scored on two first-quarter touchdown runs on Friday night, the second an 83-yard burst, to help put the two-time defending region champion Raiders on track to a 55-7 victory against Douglas in the first round of the Division I playoffs.
Douglas ends its season with a 2-8 record.
Reed (9-1) now advances to the playoff semifinals and a game this week against Galena.
For the night, de Leon rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries, with 196 of those yards coming in the first half.
Douglas scored in the second quarter on Bailey Vidaurri’s 90-yard kick return, aided by a downfield block from Jordan Peters that took out the last would-be tackler.
Peters recovered a fumbled punt that gave the Tigers possession at Reed’s 21. Quarterback Wes Hundley ran 5 yards and Kaleb Foster busted a 10-yard run up the middle set the Tigers up with first-and-goal from the 5, however, the drive ended when Reed’s Nick Gregg recovered a fumble on the next play. Douglas turned the ball over on fumbles three times in the game.
Quarterback Christopher Denn threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Trae Wells with 13.6 seconds left before halftime to extend the lead to 34-7.
Reed added two more touchdowns in the third quarter, on de Leon’s 14-yard run and a 75-yard dash by Denn.