The Railroaders found out quickly they could not take the Vaqueros lightly. But once the Maroon and Gold picked up its defensive intensity in the second
quarter, it was all good for the visitors as they earned a 66-50 win.
“They were a better team than I gave them credit for,” Jones said. “They’re going to surprise a couple teams in the 3A this year, especially at home. I think it took us a little bit of time for our boys to realize they wouldn’t be a pushover.
Sparks (7-3) clung to a slim 18-17 advantage after one quarter of play, but opened up the game a little by outscoring Fernley 17-11 in the second quarter for a 35-28 halftime lead.
However, it was the third quarter that gave the Railroaders space when they scored 16 points and the defense held the Vaqueros to only six over that eight-minute span.
Jones said he might have subbed a little too early in the fourth quarter, which allowed Fernley to climb back into the game. Jones put the starters back in to push the lead back to a comfortable level before subbing again.
Henry Banks paced Sparks with 13 points, while Darius Devine and Martin Jordan had 11 and 10 respectively.
Sparks is at Incline Thursday night.