Foothill, of suburban Redding, powered its way to a 27-6 halftime lead and cruised to a 50-33 win Friday night.
“We came out flat and had a lot of execution mistakes. We made too many mistakes to win on the road,” Reed football coach Ernie Howren said.
Howren said Foothill was an excellent team and will do very well this season. Foothill runs the “pistol” offense and has a strong downhill running game.
For the Raiders, Devin Gray caught a touchdown and returned a kick for a touchdown. RHS quarterback Mark Nowaczewski had a passing and rushing touchdown, while running back Ty Shepard found the end zone on the ground.
While Reed traveled west, Sparks went east and was whipped 62-0 by Elko in the Indians’ first game of the season. It was also the first Division I-A Northern league matchup for the two teams.
The game got a late start due to weather, but the Railroaders couldn’t escape the eventual clinic Elko provided them.
Sparks coach Rob Kittrell said he was pleased with the defense, but the offense didn’t do the defense any favors. Sparks managed just one first down in the opening quarter, and in the second half, Kittrell said Elko’s starting field position was probably around the Sparks 25.
The special teams also struggled. The Railroaders failed to recover an onside kick to start the game and the Maroon and Gold’s first drive ended with a punt being kicked back through the end zone for a safety. A bad snap on a punt led to another safety in the second half.
Kittrell also said his team slowed down the running game, but Elko quarterback Dalton Ridgway and receiver Alexander Rasch connected to keep the drive going with big plays on third downs. Rasch finished with four catches for 101 yards.
The Indians racked up 218 yards of offense in the first half and held the Railroaders to 18, taking a 29-0 lead into the locker room.
Ridgway was 5-for-12 for 127 yards through the air, while Sparks QB Geo Vasquez didn’t complete a pass in eight attempts as the visitors managed just two first downs in the game.
Junior David Jackson only had eight carries for Elko, but four went for touchdowns on runs of 20, 6, 4 and 10 yards. Travis Kite added a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs.