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Reed blows by Elko, 37-14
by Aaron Retherford
Sep 26, 2009 | 595 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reed quarterback Tyler Pine had more touchdowns than incompletions Friday night and led the Raiders to a 37-14 High Desert League home win over Elko.

Pine was an efficient 15-for-18 for 282 yards and four touchdowns on the night with almost all his production coming in the first half.

The senior signal caller was all about stringing completions together in the first half. At one point he had five in a row and then ended the half with six consecutive - the final one being a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Mondragon, which gave the hosts a 34-7 halftime advantage.

"I thought the kids did a lot of great things. They did exactly what they needed to do," Reed football coach Ernie Howren said. "They came out fast. We put ourselves in a really good position being up 34-7 at halftime."

Pine even had three straight completions go for six points apiece - a 27-yarder to Taylor Lensch, a 43-yarder to Aaron Greenblat and a 38-yarder to Irslan Sabir.

Reed put up points quickly with three scoring drives totaling five plays that took 1:07 off the clock. The last of the quick strikes was a 15-yard scamper by running back Christian Thompson, which made it 27-7 with 4:38 left in the first half.

The Raiders' offense had the defense and special teams to thank for two of the three almost immediate scoring strikes. An interception by Donovan Inskip set up Reed at the Elko 38 and a punt block led to the Blue and Gold taking over at the Indians' 15. Both offensive possessions lasted one play from scrimmage.

Elko's lone first-half scoring drive tied the game at 7-7, but probably should never have happened. Five defensive penalties helped keep the Indians' drive alive. An interception at the goal line was negated due to a pass interference penalty call. Two plays later Raymond Schroeder punched it in from 6 yards out with 2:57 on the first-quarter clock.

That was the only time Elko's offense really got moving as Reed outgained the visitors by nearly 200 yards in the first 24 minutes of action.

The second half saw Reed's first-string offense on the sidelines most of the time. The Raiders' first possession after the break led to a 29-yard field goal by Greenblat for a game-high 37-7 lead.

Elko (2-2, 0-1 HDL) tried to make the final score a little more respectable when quarterback Benjamin Suyematsu connected with Anthony Painter for a 7-yard touchdown pass with 5:37 remaining in the game.

After completing 6 of 16 passes in the first half, Suyematsu was better in the second half, going 10-for-16. However, he was picked off three times on the night by Inskip, Brandon Mondragon and Jesse Robards.

Silly penalties still plague the Raiders though. The defense was called for a half dozen encroachment penalties.

"That's not very good. That's very undisciplined football right there," Howren said. "We can't be making those kind of mistakes."

Reed (3-2, 2-0 HDL) won't be able to keep its win streak going in league play next week with a bye on the HDL schedule. However, the Raiders will get a chance to see if a positive change in attitude will help them when they travel to Stockton, Calif. to face off with Franklin in non-league action.

"I think it's really been the last two weeks. There's just been an understanding that we have to play team ball and we have to follow our game plan," Howren said.
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Reed blows by Elko, 37-14 by Aaron Retherford

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