“They’re big, fast and strong,” Bishop Manogue coach Paul Mills said. “Their scheme is problematic for a lot of people and they execute it very well. They made some big plays and you can’t give those up to them.”
Working like a finely tuned machine, the Raiders were hitting on all cylinders from kickoff. After forcing a Manogue three-and-out, Reed took possession of the ball and control of the game.
Starting from their own 33-yard line, the Raiders marched down the field with a trio of key third-down conversions, including a scramble from Nowaczewski on 3rd-and-8 from the 27-yard line. Working its way toward the end zone, Reed capped its opening drive off with a 2-yard touchdown plunge from running back Ty Shepard at the 7:46 mark in the first quarter.
Another Miners’ punt gave the ball back to Reed deep in its own territory, at the 5-yard line. The length of the field did little to disrupt the Raiders. Advancing to the Miners’ side of the field, Nowaczewski dropped a perfect ball into the waiting arms of wide receiver Devin Gray for a 41-yard bomb and a 14-0 Raider advantage, with just over a minute left in the first quarter.
A turnover-on-downs put RHS back in business and the Raiders wasted little time putting more points back on the scoreboard. On the very next play, Shepard bounced a sweep down the left sideline for a 67-yard gash to push the lead to 21-0 with 9:44 left in the second quarter.
Less than 15 seconds later, the Raiders were again celebrating in the end zone. This time it was the defense getting in on the act. Stepping in front of a quick pass over the middle, Drew Bryant pulled down an interception and took it to the house for a 25-yard pick six. With 9:31 left in the first half, Reed was up four scores 28-0. A fumble and a turnover-on-downs from the Miners then led to 10-yard slant and score from Nowaczewski to receiver Brett Chaney. That was followed up by a 22-yard connection between Nowaczewski and Gray in the back left corner of the end zone, leaving the Raiders up 42-0 at the intermission.
"They’re a good football team,” Mills said. “They’re good and they play hard. I thought we had things there all evening, but offensively weren’t able to finish some of the things that we were attempting to do. We had a couple of miscues here and there and then we had the stint where we gave up two turnovers back-to-back and it stopped what momentum we did have going. You can’t do that against good teams.”
Manogue (1-3) scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the contest as the Raiders got their reserves some playing time. Quarterback MJ Farthing hit Devonte German for the first score before connecting with Austin Vial and then going back to German to result in the 42-21 final.
“The first three quarters we did everything we expected to do and we wanted to do,” Reed coach Ernie Howren said. “The way we moved the ball in the run game helped us set up the pass game. I was real proud of the offensive line because the first drive we got on them pretty hard because we were missing some blocks. But once we got on the board, the next five or six drives, they just came out and did a really great job of creating some great holes for Ty to run through.
“I was really pleased with the play of our defense. They did everything we’ve been asking them to do. We just keep getting better each week at doing a better job tackling. All the things we’ve been preaching to them in practice, they’ve gotten better at over two weeks. And we expect them to keep getting better.”
Nowaczewski completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts, accounting for three scores. A pair of TDs went to Gray, who grabbed five passes for 107 yards. Chaney totaled 96 yards and a score on seven catches. Shepard racked up 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries.
Reed (2-2) hits the road to visit Carson Sept. 21 with kickoff at 7 p.m.