YERINGTON, Nev. - Facing Yerington is never easy. To make matters worse, the Warriors went into Friday's game missing a top running back and their assistant coach.
Despite the setbacks, Whittell stepped up with 20 points against a powerhouse program three times its size with a 7-1 record. The Warriors lost 61-20, but they didn't go quietly.
Quarterback Austin Buyak set the tone with help from wide receiver Ty Sprock. Kody Dangtongdee and Garrett Bronken filled the running back void.
Buyak was a machine. He threw for nearly 300 yards, two touchdowns, ran for one touchdown and kicked an extra point. The quarterback now has 778 yards and nine touchdowns on the season.
"Austin did a nice job leading the guys offensively," head coach David Housel said. "He was scrambling around and buying some time out there."
Even with all the time in the world, it's not every day a high school quarterback can bullet 50-plus yard passes. Buyak does it on the regular.
It was Buyak's legs, however, that got the Warriors on the board first. He drove the team into Yerington's red zone on a series of runs and quick passes in the first quarter.
Once he was close, Buyak pulled the quarterback sneak to put up Whittell's first touchdown.
Buyak added another when he found Sprock in the third with a 10-yard slant pass to give the Warriors their second score.
Sprock wasn't done yet.
On Yerington's next possession, he road blocked a touchdown with an interception on the 10. Buyak then moved the ball 20 yards downfield before finding Sprock with a deep shot that landed the Warriors in the end zone again.
Sprock came away with more than 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Sprock has collected 515 yards and five touchdowns in the five games he has played.
Bronken and Dangtondee split running back duties, and Dangtondee recorded nearly 70 yards rushing.
"I was proud of the kids especially with Hughston (Norton) being out," Housel said. "It was the first time Kody has played running back since freshman year and he did a great job."
The Warriors now 2-5 will travel to North Tahoe (0-7) Saturday at 1 p.m.