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Reed wins shootout at North Valleys, 59-40
by Dan Eckles
Oct 19, 2013 | 1298 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Trae Wells hauls in one of his 14 receptions during the Raiders' win at North Valleys Friday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Trae Wells hauls in one of his 14 receptions during the Raiders' win at North Valleys Friday night.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed quarterback Chris Denn prepares to hand off to Raiders running back Jordan de Leon during first-half action of Friday's HDL tilt at North Valleys.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed quarterback Chris Denn prepares to hand off to Raiders running back Jordan de Leon during first-half action of Friday's HDL tilt at North Valleys.
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The Reed High football team scored the first eight times it had the ball and was never seriously threatened Friday night en route to keeping its unblemished record intact. The Raiders offense more than made up for any defensive breakdowns, leading the RHS gridders to a 59-40 High Desert League road win at North Valleys.

Reed (7-0, 3-0 HDL) scored on all seven of its first-half possessions and then took over again, just seconds after halftime when it recovered a failed on-side kick attempt by North Valleys. The Raiders needed just six plays to go 52 yards and find pay dirt on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chris Denn to Jake Lehmann less than two minutes into the third quarter.

Denn was impressive, finishing 27-of-32 through the air for 280 yards and a trio of passing TDs. He also had 74 rushing yards on six carries.

"They gave us some looks that allowed us to go vertical. We had to take them," Denn said. "I had great protection. The offensive line was great and gave me time. We did what we needed to do but there's still room for improvement."

The Lehmann touchdown gave Reed a 52-19 lead at the 10:49 mark of the third quarter. Reed forced a North Valleys punt on the ensuing Panthers possession. At that point, Reed looked poised to score again and take a 40-point edge, putting Nevada's running-clock mercy rule into effect.

However, that wasn't meant to be, Reed running back Jordan de Leon fumbled when Reed got the ball back, turning the ball over North Valleys. The Panthers, who never got closer than the final 19-point margin, did go on to outscore Reed 21-7 through the remainder of the game and the mercy rule never came into play in the high-scoring affair.

"You name it defensively, we did not do anything well and that was disappointing," Reed coach Ernie Howren said. "We'll need to go back and watch film to see where the breakdowns were and see what adjustments we need to make."

Reed's only other second-half touchdown came on a 4-yard run by de Leon early in the fourth quarter. In spite of the aforementioned fumble, de Leon had a big night for the Raiders, carrying the ball 24 times for 149 yards and four touchdowns.

Reed put on a scoring parade in the first half. The Raiders scored all seven times they got the ball, posting six touchdowns and a field goal.

North Valleys (1-6, 1-2 HDL) did a pretty good job keeping pace with its guests through the first 16 minutes of action. The Panthers, a huge underdog going into the game, got a 65-yard touchdown pass when Daniel Lewis hit Anthony Hankins on a short hitch pattern and the Panthers' receiver ran away from the Reed defense.

Lewis completed 26-of-36 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns without an interception.

That score got the north Reno school within nine, 28-19, with 8:07 showing on the second-quarter clock. Unfortunately for North Valleys it would never be that close again.

"We definitely felt like the momentum was hanging out there and either team could take it," Howren said. "Offensively, we got it going in the right direction and grabbed the momentum back ... I'm real pleased with the offense. We were able to take advantage of some things they were doing."

Reed proceeded to score the final 17 points of the first half, taking a 42-19 edge into the locker room at the break. The Raiders got a 1-yard TD run from de Leon, a 5-yard Denn to Wells scoring pass and a 35-yard field goal by Jesse Brock, on the final play of the first half, to account for the spurt of unanswered points.

The two teams were knotted at 7-7 just over five minutes into the contest, but North Valleys could never tie the game again or take the lead as Reed put up the next two touchdowns. A 10-yard Denn to Wells touchdown pass and a 6-yard de Leon scoring scamper forged Reed ahead 21-7 with two minutes still left in the first quarter.

Wells caught 14 balls for 131 yards.

The two teams then traded touchdowns before the Hankins breakaway score made it 28-19. Reed never did find an answer to covering Hankins. The Panthers' wideout finished with 262 receiving yards on 11 catches, four of which went for scores.

Reed racked up 16 first downs and Denn was 17-of-20 passing for 193 yards in the first half alone.

"It was Reed's physical play that got us. We're used to playing fast, but they were way more physical than us," North Valleys coach Ty Gregg said. "Offensively, we played a lot better. We felt like we could some things. It was just a couple drives here and there that sputtered."

Reed is in action again Thursday when it plays at home against Reno at 7 p.m.
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