Sparks fell to 0-4 while Truckee improved to 1-3.
As a team the Railroaders rushed for more than 250 yards and Coach Rob Kittrell believes his team is taking strides but big plays are costing his team.
“Turnovers and we were having a hard time stopping them defensively,” Kittrell said.
After getting outscored 13-0 in the first quarter, Sparks kept the game manageable in the second quarter trailing 27-13. Kittrell said his team had the chance to close the gap to seven, running a trick play late in the half but would-be tying pass was “underthrown a little bit.”
Senior quarterback Mastor Sells was a bright spot for Sparks rushing for 101 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 57-yard run. Sells also completed seven of nine passes for 75 yards.
“He is really starting to take control of the offense,” Kittrell said. “He did a really good job tonight.”
Jervontae Churchill rushed for 45 yards on seven carries and Cedrick Sanchez rumbled for 59 yards on eight touches.
But it takes more than a healthy night rushing the ball to pull out a win.
“(We have to) get back to our spots defensively, beat the offense to the point of attack,” Kittrell said. “We did a decent job of it last week but right now it’s just playing a full team game.”
After trailing 27-13 at halftime, the Railroaders allowed 26 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game on ice.
Sparks hosts Churchill Country (4-0) next Friday.