Miners quarterback Zack McElroy combined on four first-half touchdowns as Manogue sent Reed to its first league defeat, 41-14.
“It definitely proves we need to go back to practice and figure out why we come out and play so undisciplined in the first half and expect to just come back in the second half,” Reed football coach Ernie Howren said. “Obviously, against a very good football team like this, it’s not going to happen if you allow that to go on.”
Nothing went right for the Blue and Gold to open the game.
The host Miners started the game in good field position by returning the opening kickoff to their own 46.
Manogue then trekked its way to the end zone with a 10-play drive, capped by McElroy rolling out to the right and keeping it himself when he couldn’t find an open receiver for a 2-yard touchdown. The PAT was wide right, leaving the score 6-0.
However, the Miners recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Reed 26 and they were back in business.
On the first play of the drive, running back Gino Rossi ran with conviction all the way to the 4-yard line, setting up McElroy’s 1-yard TD run three plays later.
McElroy connected with Brian Pierce for a two-point conversion, and the home team had 14 points before Reed had even touched the ball on offense.
The Raiders looked like they might have received some good luck of their own when their initial drive was extended after a punt was muffed and Reed pounced on the ball at the Miners’ 36.
But Reed could not could not convert a fourth-and-1 play later in the possession and handed the ball back to Manogue.
The score remained 14-0 until early in the second quarter when, on fourth-and-6 from the Reed 19, McElroy found Pierce over the middle and he plowed across the goal line for a touchdown, pushing the gap to 21-0 with 9:30 left in the half.
Reed appeared to wake up after going 89 yards in just over four minutes to cut the deficit to 21-7 on Brent Showalter’s quarterback keeper with 4:58 on the second-quarter clock.
The Raiders couldn’t keep the Miners from adding to their lead before the break. With 38 seconds left in the first half, Manogue started a 63-yard scoring drive.
Manogue (5-1, 4-1 in Northern 4A) needed five plays and only 25 seconds to go up 28-7 at halftime. The big play in the drive came when McElroy found Pierce on an 18-yard pass play and a roughing the passer penalty moved the ball down to the 9. McElroy then tossed up a fade into the back of the end zone and Brennan Hogan came down with it for the score.
McElroy completed 11 of 17 passes in the first half for 113 yards, but he didn’t have to do much in the second half. Both teams seemed content with just running out the clock and not pushing the action. That left RHS coaches and fans frustrated.
“The first thing you have to say is Manogue came ready to play and prepared all three phases of the game,” Howren said. “They really took it to us in all three phases. We didn’t answer any challenges. They got momentum and we never got it back. We were waiting for somebody to make that big play out there and we never got that. We never got anything as a team effort to claw back.”
Manogue increased its lead to 34-7 on 37- and 30-yard field goals by Patrick Beauchamp.
Reed drove into the red zone only to cough up the ball with eight minutes remaining in the contest. Three plays later, Rossi broke through the right side of the line and was off to the races for an 83-yard touchdown. Rossi had 181 yards on the ground.
The 41-7 lead with 6:14 on the clock was the largest margin of the game.
The Raiders ate up the rest of the clock but came away with seven points as Broc Westlake scored from a yard out with 23 seconds left.
Reed (5-2, 4-1 in Northern 4A) is back at home Friday night against Reno.