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Week 6 high school football power rankings: A fight for the No. 2 spot

Northern 5A high school football power rankings
Northern 5A high school football power rankings. (Graphic by Jenna Holland/NSN)

Our latest installment of the Northern 5A high school football power rankings includes an undefeated team at the top, a winless team at the bottom and a group bunched below the leader fighting for the second spot. This week's schedule includes a couple of marquee games, including No. 2 Spanish Springs against No. 3 Bishop Manogue; No. 1 McQueen versus No. 5 Carson; and No. 4 Reno against No. 7 Damonte Ranch, NSN's Friday Night Rivals contest. Here is our large-class high school football power rankings entering Week 6.

5A high school power rankings

1. McQueen (4-0, last week 1): McQueen is the Northern 5A's last undefeated team, and dispatched the No. 2 in our rankings, Spanish Springs, 34-29, last week. McQueen led 26-6 before Spanish Springs took a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ashton Hayes' game-winning touchdown. Quarterback Robby Snelling rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns and added a 67-yard interception return for a score. The Lancers play at upstart Carson this week.

2. Spanish Springs (2-3, last week 2): The Cougars gave McQueen its toughest test of the season and deserve to stay in the No. 2 spot. Spanish Springs fought back from an early 20-point deficit versus the Lancers to take a fourth-quarter lead on Jeremiah Johnson's second touchdown of the game. After giving back the lead, Spanish Springs pushed inside the Lancers' 10-yard line but couldn't muster the game-tying score. This remains a strong club. Spanish Springs hosts Bishop Manogue this week.

3. Bishop Manogue (2-2, last week 4): The Miners nearly blew a 14-0 lead against Reno High last week before kicker Jayse Benedict nailed a game-winning field goal with 6 seconds to play in the 17-14 win. Quarterback Logan Howren completed 10-of-24 passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns. Howren has completed only 50 percent of his passes but his seven touchdowns rank second in the Northern 5A behind Spanish Springs' JJ Dain, who has nine. Those two quarterbacks face off this week.

4. Reno (3-2, last week 3): Reno High's rally against Manogue last week came up short, but the Huskies' defense continues to be one of the most impressive units in the region. Reno has allowed a Northern 5A-low 14 points per game over five contests, which includes games against Spanish Springs and Manogue, two of the area's top teams. Reno did struggle to stop the Miners' rushing attack, which piled up 270 yards, but the offense, which has averaged just 18.3 ppg against 5A foes, is the bigger issue.

5. Carson (2-1, last week 7): The biggest upset of the Northern 5A season came last week when Carson knocked off Reed, 17-13. After losing 12 straight games over parts of three seasons, the Senators have won back-to-back games heading into its contest with No. 1-ranked McQueen. Carson's defense played well against Reed, which was coming off a 33-point game in a win over Damonte Ranch the week prior. The Senators had a key block punt against Reed and has allowed just 13 points in their last two games. Ben Heaton had 20 tackles in the win over the Raiders.

6. Reed (1-2, last week 5): Quarterback Armaan Bajwa completed 32-of-52 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns against Carson last week but the Raiders mustered only 13 points in the four-point loss. Reed ran 32 more plays than Carson but couldn't stop the run (the Senators ran for 214 yards on 33 carries) and didn't squeeze the most out of its drives despite having just one turnover. The Raiders look to get back into the win column this week at Douglas.

7. Damonte Ranch (1-3, last week 6): Damonte Ranch got in the win column last week with a win over Acalanes High in the Bay Area. Acalanes entered the game 3-0 and was averaging more than 500 yards of offense, but the Mustangs matched it point for point before scoring a 31-30 victory thanks to a 21-yard field goal by Joe Brown. Quarterback Cooper Anderson overcame three interceptions by accounting for three scores (two passing, one rushing). Damonte Ranch plays at Reno this week.

8. Douglas (1-3, last week 8): The Tigers got their first win under head coach Kyle Mays after beating Galena, 31-20, but it came with bad news. Nevada commit Christopher Smalley, who was playing his first game of the season due to injury, broke his arm after a 45-yard run in the first quarter and will likely miss the rest of the season. Against Galena, Douglas scored the game's final 17 points with running back Gabe Foster rushing for 215 yards and four touchdowns. Douglas hosts Reed this week.

9. Galena (0-4, last week 9): The Grizzlies remain the Northern 5A's only winless team after its 31-20 loss to Douglas. Galena has lost 11 straight but its 20-point outburst last week was its highest output in a single game since a 25-24 win over Douglas in October 2019. Senior Anthony Miller had 17 stops last week and sophomore Joseph Czyz added 16. Galena goes out of state this week when it plays Bishop Diego High from Santa Barbara, Calif. The Cardinals are 4-0 this season.

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

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