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Prep football rankings: Reno jumps into the fray

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Reno and Reed play in the big matchup of the week.

Each week, Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray will rank the top five Northern 4A football teams. Here are this week’s rankings, with each team’s overall record, its next opponent and a brief comment.

1. Damonte Ranch

Ranking last week: 1

Record: 7-0, 2-0

This week: at Carson

In short: I predicted a 70-point win over Wooster last week. It was a 69-7 victory instead. Quarterback Cade McNamara was 10-of-12 for 232 yards and four touchdowns. The Mustangs averaged more than 10 yards per carry. Damonte Ranch’s defense held Wooster to 135 yards. Things don’t get a ton more difficult this week as the Mustangs play Carson, which is riding a six-game losing streak, with only one of those games being decided by fewer than three touchdowns.

2. Bishop Manogue

Ranking last week: 2

Record: 4-3, 1-1

This week: at Carson

In short: Manogue topped Carson, 48-16, last week with quarterback Drew Scolari having a stellar game. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns. Scolari, a grandson of former Nevada football coach Chris Ault, has had a strong sophomore season. He’s completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 815 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions for the run-oriented Miners. Bishop Manogue heads to Douglas this week.

3. Reed

Ranking last week: 3

Record: 5-2, 2-0

This week: vs. Hug

In short: Reed posted its second shutout in three games when it blanked Hug, 42-0. It also shut out Wooster, 54-0, last month. The Raiders only had 268 yards of offense but they limited Hug to 160 yards and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions. Reed takes on Reno in the best game of the upcoming week.

4. Spanish Springs

Ranking last week: 5

Record: 4-3, 1-0

This week: at Hug

In short: Spanish Springs doubled up McQueen, 28-14, to jump ahead of the Lancers in the rankings. The Cougars had excellent balance in the win, both passing and rushing for 143 yards. It also was a good week off the field as Spanish Springs LB Jackson Laduke was offered by Nevada. That is the first FBS offer for the class of 2020 linebacker and should led to more interest. In seven games, Laduke has 56 tackles, including 12 for loss, two sacks and an interception.

5. Reno

Ranking last week: Unranked

Record: 4-2, 1-0

This week: vs. Reed

In short: Reno had a bye last week but moved into the rankings after McQueen suffered its second straight loss after starting the season 5-0. The Huskies have three tough games ahead with Reed, Spanish Springs and McQueen to close the season. First up are the Raiders in a revenge game. Reno shut out Reed, 39-0, last regular season before the Raiders upset the Huskies, 24-21, in the Northern 4A Regional championship game. It was Reno's lone loss.

Sports columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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