Fernley was never threatened. The Vaqueros posted two touchdowns in both the first and second quarters, cruising to a 28-0 lead by halftime. Fernley added a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
Sparks (0-3) fumbled on its own 28-yard line on the first series of the game, which resulted in a Fernley touchdown after the turnover shortened the field for the Lyon County school.
Things went from bad to worse for Sparks. The Railroaders went three and out on their next possession, nearly resulting a punt. Unfortunately for Sparks, a botched snap meant it couldn't get a punt off and Fernley (2-1) jumped on the football, taking over at the Sparks 5, leading to a second easy score, just minutes into the game.
"Basically, we gave them their first two touchdowns because of short fields," coach Rob Kittrell said. "We come out tight. I don't know why but it's frustrating. I know that.
"Fernley beat us to the point of attack. It seemed like we'd get a little bit of push up front but their linebackers were fast. They stepped up and filled holes quickly. And they didn't miss many tackles. that's one of the better tackling teams I've seen in a while. They are very sound defensively."
While Fernley was busy capitalizing on breaks given to it by Sparks miscues, the visiting Railroaders didn't get any breaks and they couldn't create any either. The Railroaders offense crossed midfield just once on the night. Sparks drove to the FHS 8 in the waning seconds of regulation but it watched the clock run out before it could muster a score.
Sparks plays Truckee at home next Friday in another conference contest. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
"We've got to figure out how to stop blitzing linebackers from blowing us up and making tackles for losses and we have to get more efficient with our passing game. Tonight was tough with the wind." Kittrell said. "We'll build off of what we did tonight and keep working to get better."