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R-C Sports Notebook: Rankings, Records and Radio timeouts

by Joey Crandall

Editor’s note: I’d originally written this under the belief that Manogue’s Radio broadcast team (920 AM) was responsible for the media timeouts. Chris Healy, the voice of Miner football, gave me a call to let me know it wasn’t them. Apparently, Gustin Sports, which simulcasts the game of the week online, on the radio and later on TV, was responsible for the timeouts. My mistake! The following includes Manogue references corrected to Gustin Sports.

Saturday’s Douglas-Manogue football game automatically goes down as one of

the top-five most bizarre high school events I’ve ever covered.

This is the first time that I’ve noticed a radio broadcast have such a noticeable effect on the flow of the game.

Media timeouts are a staple of every NFL game and more than commonplace at

the college level. Such situations are so rare at the high school level,

though, most teams wouldn¹t even think of addressing the extra time in

practice or incorporating it into their game plan.

With pro and college, there is a general protocol where only a certain

number of timeouts are taken per quarter (generally four, or in Notre Dame’s

case this year, five), and those only come between quarters and halves,

after punts, scores and changes of possession and during actual game

timeouts.

Saturday, though, was one of the weirdest setups I’ve ever seen. Gustin Sports

employed all of the above timeout scenarios and then randomly threw some

timeouts in between plays without any rhyme or reason.

The results were almost dumbfounding. The two teams, both known for their power running attacks, combined to carry the ball 80 times. That type of game

generally pushes about two hours for 48 minutes of actual clock time.

Saturday, though, the game stretched on for nearly three hours. That’s what

you’d normally expect for a matchup between two air-it-out offenses where

the clock will stop more often.

While more annoying than harmful, I couldn’t help but notice the timeouts worked against Manogue early on as the Miners had full control of

the momentum with a 9-0 lead when the first media timeout was called.

That break allowed Douglas to catch its breath a little bit before its next

possession and the Tigers, who had looked shell-shocked offensively to start

the game, actually grabbed a 10-9 lead in the next six or eight minutes of play.

The really troubling thing, though, was the timeouts that came between

plays. Between drives, there’s really no harm done — just a little extra

rest for both teams. But random stops in the middle of a drive can really

mess with a team’s game plan, particularly schools that like to employ a

quick-strike, no-huddle-type offense like Reed or North Valleys or some Reno

teams in the past.

i would not be surprised to see the issue addressed by the NIAA in the not-too-distant future.

Here’s the top positive to take out of a tough situation last week:

Douglas has had seven different guys start at quarterback since 2004 and

five of them lost their starting debut (Tim Rudnick won his first start in

2007 against North Valleys and Luke Peterson won his first start against

Damonte Ranch last year).

Junior Sam Cochran was the seventh guy on the list, starting Saturday

against the vaunted Manogue defense in place of Zack Williams, who missed

the game with a foot injury.

He was as close as any of the remaining five have come to winning their

varsity debuts and, unlike Rudnick and Peterson, had never taken a varsity

snap during an actual game prior to his first start.

Cochran accounted for 97 yards of total offense in his first start, which

ranked in the middle of the pack among his fellow former QBs, but directed

the Tiger offense to a number of scoring drives including two within the

final eight minutes of the game to come close to tying the score.

The good news is that if, and when, Williams returns to the field, Douglas

will have two capable guys under center with big game experience. Depth at

quarterback, especially in this year’s hyper-competitive Northern 4A, could

be a priceless attribute to have entering the playoffs.

If nothing else, Cochran gained valuable experience in preparation for next

year, when he figures to be the go-to guy for the Tigers.

There has been much said in recent years about the Sierra League’s dominance

in boys’ soccer.

The regional champion for at least the last 10 years has hailed from the

Sierra side, and the league has absolutely blasted the High Desert in

first-round of the playoffs over the past seven years or so.

It appears, though, that the tides are changing this year.

Through three weeks, the High Desert holds a 7-5 advantage over the Sierra

in crossover games, which all count toward league standings this year.

North Valleys is having a breakout season, which is contributing to the

turnaround, as is Spanish Springs. Reno appears to have returned to its

highly-competitive form of a couple seasons ago and Hug is looking strong as

well.

The only crossover wins in the Sierra have come from Carson, Galena and a

surprisingly upstart Damonte Ranch squad.

I’m predicting a Carson-Galena regional title game, but it’ll be

interesting to see how the playoffs shake out, and what role the High Desert League plays, this year.

I’m planning to be at these games this week, so check online for updates

(Cover It Live is the tool we use to post automatic updates during games and

also allows for comments and questions from fans during the game, so be sure

to check out our Web site if you can¹t make it to the games I will be

posting from.):

Here’s where I’ll be

Tuesday: Volleyball vs. Wooster

Wednesday: Volleyball vs. Truckee

Friday: Football vs. North Valleys

If you happened to tune in for Saturday’s football game at Manogue, you know

that about midway through the first quarter my computer up and quit on me. I

blame the increasingly-finicky wireless card which apparently is allergic to

heat. It’s still on the fritz, so any online updates this week will probably be from me calling my editor and him posting it online.

– Just to quantify the Douglas girls’ soccer team’s state record

seventh-consecutive shutout Saturday: It’s been over nine hours of actual

game time since Douglas has allowed a goal. The Lady Tiger defense has been

so strong that keepers Brianna Randall and Courtney McKimmey — both strong

net-minders in their own right — have only had to make a combined 15 saves

or so during that same stretch. By comparison, Wooster¹s keeper made 11

saves on Saturday alone.

– Of four captains for Douglas on Saturday, three were in street clothes due

to injuries. Tackle Patrick Miller is out for the year with a knee injury,

quarterback Zack Williams is out for at least another week with a foot

injury and tight end/defensive end Scott Rudnick will miss at least a month

with an arm injury. Lineman Spencer Fellows was Douglas’ only captain to

play Saturday.

– Douglas football is sporting the ninth different helmet design of Mike

Rippee¹s 26-year tenure. It’s only the third time in school history the

Tigers have gone with an entirely text-based design. The first two times

were Rippee’s first two years at the helm.

– The Douglas girls’ soccer team, which has been actively re-writing the

state and school record books over the last two seasons, has already begun

its assault this year.

As mentioned above, the team set the state record for consecutive shutouts

at 7 on Saturday. Junior Tia Lyons also tied the state record for assists in

a game against Wooster with five.

The only other record in danger in the next couple of weeks is the state

career shutout record of 30.

Douglas junior Brianna Randall has been in net for 27 shutouts in her

career, although only 16 of those have been solo efforts. It¹s unclear on

the exact definition of the record, although my best guess would be NIAA

only recognizes the solo shutouts.

Shutouts are a weird record, too, because it has so much to do with the

defense in front of you and the way your team possesses the ball.

Speaking of helmets, when was the last time Douglas High wore anything other

than the current black helmet/orange facemask color scheme?

FOOTBALL

1. McQueen (Last Week: beat Damonte Ranch 54-6. Previous Ranking: No. 1;

Record: 3-0, 2-0)

Why they should be No. 1: They’ve lived up to their billing every week and

have an impressive win over Nevada Union under their belt. The defense has

been dominant all year, including shutting down the potent North Valleys

attack. They haven’t shown any reasons not to be No. 1 yet.

Why they should be ranked lower: Sure they’ve dominated the past two weeks,

but North Valleys and Damonte Ranch aren’t exactly the top teams. It remains

to be seen how they stack up against some of the better defenses (Reed,

Manogue).

2. Carson (Last Week: beat North Valleys 45-26. Previous Ranking: No. 2;

Record: 3-0, 2-0)

Why they should be ranked higher: The offense hung 31 on a tough Del Campo

defense to open the year and that was with a primarily one-dimensional look.

Last week, they roll out Connor Beattie as a suitable complimentary back to

Super Sawyers and they looked next to unstoppable. McQueen’s defense is as

good as they come, but remember even they struggled with this Senator attack

last year. Until someone finds a way to slow this ground game down, there’s

no real evidence that Carson isn’t the team to beat this year.

Why they should be ranked lower: Right now, that’s a tough argument to make.

There’s no shame in giving up 26 to North Valleys. However, the Panthers are

the only common opponent between Carson and McQueen and the Lancers

simply looked better, particularly on defense, in a 54-19 win.

3. Spanish Springs (Last week: beat Galena 34-21. Previous Ranking: NR.

Record 3-0, 1-0)

Why they should be ranked higher: At this point, they shouldn’t. This is my

shakiest pick, but the potential is very real that the Cougars could be 5-0

overall after games against Damonte Ranch and Reno in the next two weeks.

The Cougar defense has been solid since a season-opening struggle against

North Valleys.

Why they should be ranked lower: 3-0 is nice, but the schedule hasn¹t

exactly been tough. The death stretch comes to end the year — the most

crucial part of the season — as the Cougars face McQueen, Carson, Douglas

and Reed to close out the season. They can’t emerge from that stretch

unscathed.

4. Manogue (Last week: beat Douglas 31-30. Previous Ranking: 4. Record: 3-0,

2-0)

Why they should be ranked higher: They’re 3-0 and the offense, particularly

quarterback Zach McElroy, has been great all season. Holding on against

Douglas avenges one of their few losses last season and sets them up for the

toughest section of their schedule (after a winnable game against Reno, they

see Carson, Reed, McQueen, Hug and North Valleys in order) with some good

momentum.

Why they should be ranked lower: Two wins have come against arguably the

bottom two teams in the league this season and the third came by one-point

at home against an injury-depleted Douglas squad. Douglas was moving the

ball at will on the ground toward the end of the game despite not having

established the passing game, which will spell problems against high-powered

running teams like McQueen and Carson. Plus, through their “Death Stretch”

Manogue only gets Reed and North Valleys at home.

5. Reed (Last week: Beat Hug 34-20. Previous Ranking: 3. Record: 2-1, 1-0)

Why they should be ranked higher: The Raider offense has gotten better every

week, which is bad news for their remaining opponents. A win against rival

McQueen this week would send tremors through the power rankings. It would

also set the Raiders loose on a mild end of schedule run that includes a

string five imminently winnable games against North Valleys, Galena,

Manogue, Reno, and Damonte Ranch. Depending on this week’s results, the

Raiders could very well be 7-0 in league play heading into the season finale

against rival Spanish Springs.

Why they should be ranked lower: The offense is coming into line, but the

defense has struggled at times, first against Granite Bay and last week

against Hug. McQueen will go a long way toward defining what type of defense

this is going to be. Keeping the Lancers under 20 points would answer a lot

of questions. Anything more, and anything could happen over the remainder of

Reed’s schedule.

On the outside looking in: Reno, Douglas.

VOLLEYBALL

1. Douglas

2. Damonte Ranch

3. Galena

4. Carson

5. Manogue

On the outside looking in: Spanish Springs, Reed.

BOYS’ SOCCER

1. Carson

2. Galena

3. North Valleys

4. Spanish Springs

5. Hug

On the outside looking in: McQueen, Reed.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

1. Douglas

2. Carson

3. Manogue

4. Reno

5. Spanish Springs

On the outside looking in: Galena, McQueen.

– Nike¹s line of Pro Combat uniforms are hideous. Each and every set looks

like something that belongs in Keanu Reeves’ “The Replacements.” I’m looking

at you, Boise State.

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Visit recordcourier.com/profootball to sign up and make your picks.

I completely forgot to make my picks last week, so I’m already out of the

season survivor game. I’m back this week though, ready for another season of

utter mediocrity.

Last week’s winner: Steve Canton, Minden. 11-of-16 picks.

My Week 2 picks:

Dolphins over Vikings

Falcons over Cardinals

Ravens over Bengals

Chiefs over Browns

Bears over Cowboys

Eagles over Lions

Packers over Bills

Steelers over Titans

Panthers over Bucs

Broncos over Seahawks

Rams over Raiders

Jets over Patriots

Chargers over Jaguars

Texans over Redskins

49ers over Saints

Tiebreaker: Giants 21, Colts 14

Season Record: 0-0. Last week: 0-0.

Time for this week’s installment of Edd Roush’s All-Stars (Formerly “This

Wacky World of Sports”) — Celebrating Edd Roush, the only player ever

ejected from a Major League Baseball game for sleeping in the outfield.

This won’t require much explanation, but I’m sure soccer coaches around the

world will be showing this to their players to enforce the point that the

play is never over til the whistle blows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhzexJTdN1U

– The Boston Herald reported last week that a Montgomery, N.Y., couple has

filed suit claiming they were harassed and abused during a Patriots-Jets

game last year because their 14-year-old daughter was wearing a Patriots

shirt.

Michelle and Randy Munoz filed suit against the New York Giants – the team

owns Giants Stadium where the incidents allegedly occurred – after a fracas

at a Pats-Jets game on Sept. 20, 2009.

The Giant’s were like, “It’s OK, that’s the last time we ever co-habitate a

stadium with the Jets … Oh, wait a minute.”

There’s no truth to the rumor that the new Meadowlands will have “No

opposing team shirts, no opposing team shoes, no fisticuffs,” signs

installed at various points around the stadium.

– 1985. It was Mike Rippee’s first year at the helm and the Tigers wore

black helmets with black facemasks along with a plain white “Tigers” in

Times font with orange outline.