By Dave Maxwell
White Pine High football coach coach Quinn Ewell didn’t want his team to have made the long bus trip to the northern beaches of Lake Tahoe and come away with third straight loss. He said “Our main focus in looking ahead was to be aggressive and hit guys, be hungry and get a win after losses to our two toughest league opponents (Yerington and Pershing County).”
Elwell said, “We made that long ride over and back on the same day. Got back home about 6 in the morning.”
But the Bobcats got the win, 23-6 over the Incline Highlanders, a nice victory for the team new to the 2A Northern league after being in the 2A Southern league for at least the past 12 years.
“We did a good job defensively containing the outside run. Most of their yards came from running it up the middle. As a team, we played pretty well,” Ewell said. “Dakota Barela had a lot of yards, probably over 150, including two touchdowns, one rushing, one receiving.”
Stats of the game were not available. “He got most of his yards on end around runs,” Ewell said. “He had two other huge big runs called back on penalties.”
White Pine scored one touchdown in the first quarter, then added 17 points in the second quarter, on two touchdowns and a field goal. Saxton Brewster made it from about 30 yard out, Ewell said.
“This is the first year we have had a kicker,” Ewel said. “He’s been a soccer player the last two years, and even came over to the football team a bit late. This was his first game in which he competed. He missed the point after on our first touchdown, but he got the others. We also set him up for a field goal and he drilled it.”
Incline did get one touchdown in the third quarter, but missed the point after and the game was scoreless the rest of the way.
This week, White Pine (2-3, 1-2) will again be on the road to Silver Stage. The Nighthawks are 1-4 on the season, 1-3 in league.
“I hope we can build off this win, and their confidence will be boosted and we’ll continue to get better,” Ewell said.
A non-league game comes up on Oct. 14 as the Bobcats host former 2A Southern League rival Lincoln County. A state runner-up last year, the Lynx are unbeaten on the season, 5-0, 3-0 in the 2A Southern League.