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Reno runs to a 51-24 win over Douglas

September 15, 2018

At Reno High School, the more things change, the more they remain the same. In front of a boisterous Homecoming crowd the “new” Huskies overwhelmed the Douglas Tigers 51-24 in a Northern 4-A pre-season football game.

In recent seasons the Reno Huskies’ football team has been noted for brute strength football, wearing down opponents with a strong rushing attack behind a huge offensive line. On defense Reno punished opponents with a multi-faced defense that made it hard for an opponent to sustain drives.

The size that marked the successful Reno teams of recent years has graduated but the results for Dan Avansino’s team look strikingly similar to recent seasons. After an exchange of early first quarter punts, Reno’s offense cut and slashed down the field on a sustained drive that ended with junior quarterback Kyle Fermoile tossing a six-yard touchdown pass to junior fullback Mick Carey. The first quarter ended with Reno ahead 7-0.

The offense, led by Fermoile and speedy scat back Drue Worthen and operating out of Reno’s funky multi-formation offense, quickly expanded the lead to 14-0 after a seven-yard run by junior running back Taskar Eason.

Douglas responded with a rare big play against the Reno defense at the 9:05 mark of the second quarter when quarterback Colton Weidner spun his way out of a momentarily stuffed quarterback sneak and sprinted through the Reno defense on a 55-yard run, making the score 14-7.

In the final 4:30 of the second quarter, Reno scored three quick touchdowns to ignite a homecoming route. Fermoile hit Worthen on a short pass that ended 68 yards later in the end zone. Two minutes later Eason scored his second TD of the game on a 3-yard run. With no time on the second quarter clock, Fermoile hit tight end Wyatt Draeger on a three-yard pass for a commanding 35-7 Reno lead.

Douglas battled back with a 29-yard Chris Flores field goal but the momentum from that effort was quickly lost when Taskar Eason scored a touchdown from three yards out and the Reno defense finished the third quarter scoring with a safety against the Douglas Tiger offense at the 3:04 mark of the third quarter, running the score to 44-10.

In the fourth quarter, the Douglas Tigers may have found a long-term solution at running back in the form of sophomore Trevor Kruger who punctured the Reno defense for a 44-yard fourth quarter run. That score and a Colton Weidner TD pass of 25 yards to Isaiah Geilenfeldt made things respectable for the Tigers, cutting the margin to 44-24. Reno junior Chase Ramos rounded out the scoring in Reno’s 51-24 victory with a 54-yard run.

Douglas fell to 2-1 on the season and rounds out pre-league play by hosting McQueen on Friday night. Reno (3-1) will be tested Friday when it travels to Bishop Manogue for the Miner’s Homecoming. Both games begin at 7:00 pm.

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