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Week 2 prep schedule and power rankings after another round of cancellations

Week 2 high school football power rankings. (Graphic by Jenna Holland/NSN)

Week 1 of the high school football season was decimated by cancellations, and Week 2 isn't looking much better. Seven local high school games have been canceled due to COVID-19 or poor air quality, including Nevada Sports Net's game of the week (Churchill County at Reed). Also canceled are Wooster at Carson; Denair (Calif.) at Sparks; Spring Creek at North Valleys; Douglas at Center; Bishop Manogue at Bishop Gorman; and Fernley at South Tahoe. Seven games remain on tap, although three have been moved out of Reno due to wildfire smoke. Those games still scheduled for this week include Friday contests Spanish Springs at Reno; Fernley at Carson; Damonte Ranch at Clovis West (Clovis, Calif.); Galena at Lowry; and Hug at Dayton with Saturday games McQueen at Shasta (Calif.) and Truckee @ Sutter (Calif.). Here are this week's large-class high school football power rankings.

5A high school power rankings

1. Damonte Ranch (0-0, last week 1): The Mustangs' game at Antelope (Calif.) High last week was canceled due to poor air quality and this week's game against Central (Fresno) High was relocated from Reno to the San Joaquin Valley before being canceled. Damonte Ranch was able to shift to playing Clovis West just outside of Fresno tonight. Getting in some non-conference games is big for Damonte Ranch given how much talent the team lost in the offseason, including 5A player of the year Ethan Kulpin, the team's starting quarterback and all-region safety.

2. McQueen (0-0, last week 3): McQueen's game against Spring Creek was canceled last week, although that was due to COVID protocols rather than air quality. The Lancers will play at Shasta (Calif.) High on Saturday, which will be a homecoming for coach Jim Snelling, who is from that region and played for Shasta College before joining the Wolf Pack. The game was originally scheduled for Reno but was moved due to poor air quality in Reno.

3. Bishop Manogue (0-1, last week 2): The Miners were one of the few local teams able to play last week, although things didn't go well as Manogue dropped a 45-0 decision at Bingham, a team from South Jordan that's ranked sixth in state of Utah. The Miners had only 126 yards of offense, including 27 rushing yards on 39 carries. Manogue's game with Bishop Gorman this week was canceled because the Miners have been unable to practice (air quality). Manogue hosts Reed next week.

4. Reed (0-0, last week 4): Reed's season opener against Wooster High last week was spoiled by COVID protocols. The Raiders got another bad break this week as its home game against Churchill County High was canceled due to air quality. There were discussions about moving the game to Fallon but those didn't materialize. Reed hopes to play its first game next week against Bishop Manogue, coached by its former head man Ernie Howren, who won seven regional titles with the Raiders.

5. Reno (1-0, last week 7): The only Northern 5A team to win last week was Reno, which topped 3A powerhouse Churchill County, 42-18. The Huskies forced three turnovers and had minimal issue capitalizing on offense. Reno was the biggest winner of Week 1 and will host Spanish Springs tonight. The Huskies lost to the Cougars, 48-7, last year, so this game will show how much improvement Reno has made since the spring.

6. Spanish Springs (0-1, last week 5): Spanish Springs was the only Northern 5A team to squeeze in a home game last week, losing to Liberty High out of Bakersfield, Calif., 28-3. The Cougars struggled on both sides of the ball, allowing 212 passing yards and 167 rushing yards — Liberty averaged 9.7 yards per play — and tallying just a first-quarter field goal offensively while turning it over twice. Spanish Springs is scheduled to play at Reno tonight.

7. Douglas (0-1, last week 6): Kyle Mays' first game as Douglas' head varsity coach resulted in a 24-6 loss to Lowry High, which plays at the Northern 3A level. The Tigers were shut out until the final quarter. Douglas' defense limited the Buckaroos to 276 yards but the Tigers couldn't get anything going on offense. Douglas' game this week at Center High in Antelope, Calif., was canceled due to wildfire smoke. The Tigers play McQueen in its home opener next week.

8. Carson (0-0, last week 8): The Senators' season opener was moved from Carson to Sparks before the game was canceled in the second quarter as the air quality deteriorated. Carson, which went winless last year, was leading, 23-6, at the time but since the game wasn't completed, neither team is being credited with a win or loss. The Senators host Fernley, another 3A school, this week before its 5A opener next week against Reno.

9. Galena (0-0, last week 9): The Grizzlies' season opener versus South Tahoe was canceled due to COID-19 protocols. Galena has scheduled to host 3A school Lowry but that game has been moved to Winnemucca. With the Buckaroos beating Douglas last week, Lowry should provide a stiff test for Galena, which went winless in the spring season. Galena opens the season with three straight 3A opponents.

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @ByChrisMurray.

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