The Highlanders found Quincy’s 0-2 record entering Friday’s nonleague football contest to be a bit misleading.
Quincy came out strong and fast, using a triple-option offense and multiple athletes to run away with a 49-3 win over visiting Incline at Feather River College.
“Watching them on film against Chester, which is a good team, they didn’t look at that great. We were more concerned with their size,” said Incline coach Scott Conn. “We tried to counter that with technique and speed. But hats off to Quincy. They played a whale of a game.”
The Trojans used seven different players to rush for 457 yards and six touchdowns on the night. Junior quarterback Erik Schwartz led the way with 146 yards and two TDs on 12 carries.
“We were baffled on the triple option,” Conn said. “Their quarterback and option pitch guys were fast.”
While Quincy jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead, Incline managed to gain first downs and sustain drives. But mistakes cost the Highlanders on several occasions, and they came away with only a 25-yard, second-quarter field goal by Jerry Sanchez.
“It was an eye-opening experience, but a good one. We were able to move the ball, but whenever we’d get close to their end zone we’d shoot ourselves in the foot,” Conn said.
Quincy cushioned its 22-3 halftime lead with another 14 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth.
“Once Quincy got up on us and we started making silly mistakes, they are a good enough team to not let us up.”
Conn named Kevin Kurashewich as his Player of the Game: “He had a good game offensively and defensively, and on special teams. He worked hard and ran hard. Good stuff.”
Owen Graffis was the Offensive Player of the Game and Michael Guymon was Defense Player of the Game.
Graffis rushed for a team-high 66 yards on 18 carries and caught four passes for 51 yards. Kurashewich had 39 yards on 10 carries, with eight tackles on defense, and Guymon and Jack Bessette also recorded eight tackles apiece, including five solo.
“The primary reason for the loss, I put it on me. I didn’t prepare the kids enough for how good Quincy was going to be,” Conn said. “The entire coaching staff has vowed to not let that happen again.”
The Highlanders are preparing for their home opener against Rite of Passage (ROP) on Friday at 7 p.m. Conn expects the Rams to be a handful, as they are 2-1 on the year and are coming off a 40-14 win over Battle Mountain.
“It’s going to be a tough one. We know they are no slouch,” Conn said. “It will be a challenge for us. But we have a game plan we like, and we’re hoping to get fans out there and come out with a win.”