It’s not that smaller schools don’t have talent. They generally have less of it compared to schools with over 2,000 students.
But on one night each year, the Sertoma Football Classic gives the top football players from smaller schools the chance to compete with and against the big boys, so they can prove they belong in the high school All-Star game as well.
While a total of 12 players from Reed and Spanish Springs made the roster for the Silver squad, a pair of Sparks Railroaders will be on the opposing sideline, representing the Blue team Friday night at Damonte Ranch High School.
Three-year starting quarterback Geo Vasquez will have a familiar face with him as running back Mario Guadron was also invited to participate in the Sertoma Classic.
Guadron said it will be a pleasure to play with Vasquez one last time, but it would have been nice to have more Railroaders on the team. Still, he’s appreciative of the experience before entering the Marine Corps.
“This is something that I’ll never forget,” Guadron said.
Thirteen schools have representatives on the Blue team’s roster: Sparks, McQueen, Carson, Reno, Damonte Ranch, Elko, Fernley, South Tahoe, Yerington, North Tahoe, Incline, Lovelock and Silver Stage.
Guadron has enjoyed practicing with the athletes from the Div. I schools.
“It’s pretty awesome seeing all the rest of the schools and seeing (Damonte RB) Drew (Smith), Carson and Reno. It’s a lot different,” Guadron said.
As a quarterback, Vasquez likes the additional talent he gets to work with heading into Friday night’s game. The extra options will make any signal caller happy
“I feel like we have more potential and we can do some more things on the field. It’s just cool to see how everyone comes together as a team,” Vasquez said.
The Blue team is coached by Damonte’s Shawn Dupris, who helped lead the Mustangs to the D-I North championship game in his first season at the helm.
The players from both teams are invited to a banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Silver Legacy.
The entire experience is something the players appreciate.
“It feels good, but at the same time it’s a little sad because it‘s the last time I will get to play,” Vasquez said. “At the same time, I’m just trying to enjoy every moment of it.”