It’s a must win situation for the White Pine High football team this weekend at West Wendover, pure and simple, explains coach Nick Lopez.
“If we want to go to the playoffs we have to beat the Wolverines to be the No. 4 seed and it’s not going to be easy. I’m thinking it is going to be a close game.”However, the Bobcats have beaten West Wendover (4-3, 2-2) the last four times, including 46-0 last year.
Next week, Oct. 26, White Pine plays host to No. 3 seed Battle Mountain and West Wendover plays league leader Pershing County, so a win at West Wendover is crucial.
The Bobcats (4-4, 2-2) hammered league newcomer Coral Academy of Science from Reno last week, 49-0, scoring 28 points in the second quarter.
Lopez said he played most of the second string players in the second half “and they were moving the ball too, and scored once on a defensive touchdown.”
He said, “Coral Academy completed a pass, but Tyler Whipple or maybe Kegan Hexem, hit the receiver so hard the ball popped out and was intercepted by Hunter Steel, who returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.”
Coral Academy (0-7) is a league member, but this year are not listed in the league standings and would not have been eligible for post season play.“We kept the ball mostly on the ground, moving it pretty easy,” Lopez said, “and piled up a lot of yardage.” However, accurate statistics for the game were not available.
Whipple and Saxtyn Brewster both scored two rushing touchdowns and Adam Thuerer scored one.
Lopez said the Falcons only had one serious scoring threat around the 20-yard line, but fumbled.
“The team is excited about this time of the season,” said Lopez, “We’re playing the way we should have been playing at the beginning. The kids are showing they believe in themselves and know they can do it. The confidence is there, we’re moving the ball, and the penalties are not there like they were at the beginning of the season. We’re doing things the correct way.”