Incline suffered its first loss of the season, 34-0, in a Division III football game at undefeated Yerington on Friday.
First-year Incline head coach Scott Conn said the Highlanders performed well in many facets of the game, but they fell short by committing five turnovers and allowing a number of big pass plays on defense.
“It was good meeting the No. 1 team in the league on their turf,” said Conn, whose team is now 3-1 overall and 2-1 in league play. “It was a good measuring stick for us.”
Yerington (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) led 7-0 after one quarter and 20-0 at the half before adding a touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
The Lions used a deep passing attack to account for four of their five touchdowns, averaging 38 yards per passing score. Yerington’s Sam Monahan also had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown, his second of the game.
“They (the Lions) are pretty much all juniors and seniors, and they have a big, experienced defense, and with 20 kids on the sideline,” said Conn, who has 17 players total on his roster, including four freshmen and three sophomores. “So I’m proud of the kids. They gave Yerington a good battle. But I’m disappointed we couldn’t get our offense in the end zone. We were knocking on the door, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Conn said Yerington’s large linemen pressured Incline quarterback Christian Biscotti throughout the game, forcing him into two interceptions. Biscotti finished 6-of-19 for 75 yards. Senior fullback Sean Herrera carried the load on the ground, rushing for 91 yards on 16 carries.
Incline ran 59 offensive plays to Yerington’s 46, but converted only 1-of-12 on third-down plays while losing three fumbles.
“While we had a lot of plays, we just couldn’t get any consistency,” Conn said. “We need to develop more consistency and focus. If we have aspirations to make the playoffs, we have to compete with these bigger schools.”
UP NEXT: Incline hosts Silver Stage on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. and Whittell on Friday, Oct. 5, at the same time.