Spanish Springs beats Reed 21-16 for High Desert Title
Sometimes the most important games aren’t the most well played. That certainly was the case when Spanish Springs went to cross-town rival Reed to play for the High Desert League title.
Reed, the defending northern region champ, had not lost to the Cougars in fifteen years and they were still, mathematically, alive to win the title and number one seed. For the unbeaten SSHS, one more victory and they would have the number one seed,
Both teams had relied on their passing games extensively. While the defenses boasted four of the top eight leading tacklers in the north.
Tristan Szabo, just a sophomore, came into the game leading the north (statistically) in passing. He had 19 touchdown passes and just 4 interceptions. He added another touchdown, but was “picked” three times. Baylor Horning, the number three signal caller in the north, threw two TD passes, for Reed, without an interception.
Neither team could run the ball effectively. Spanish Springs had just 41 yards net for the night, and Reed ended with 85. Jackson Laduke carried the ball just six times for 16 yards and a pair of TDs. Horning had 15 carryies for 39 yards. Hornings’ 14 for 28 passing gained 227 yards. Szabo was less effective going 12 for 22 for 176 yards. Jordan Dudick, the leading received in the 4A, had one catch for 49 yards and a Cougar score. Tyler Wilson, who had only nine catches all year, had six against SSHS and two touchdowns. Trey Hummel had 4 grabs for the Cougars.
With their 4-0 record Spanish Springs wins the High Desert League title for the first time ever, and advances as the number one seed. They will host Galena. Reed travels southeast Reno to play the undefeated, and number #1 team in the state, Damonte Ranch. Both games are Friday night November 2.
The highlights of the “Championship of Sparks” are below.