Incline football hit with tough loss at Silver Stage |

Incline football hit with tough loss at Silver Stage

Incline runs a play Saturday against Silver Stage.
Provided / Rob Green

The Incline Highlanders football team entered Saturday’s game against Silver Stage with high hopes of getting back on track after a disappointing effort the week before in a Thursday home loss to Yerington.

But even with eight days of rest, the Highlanders fell flat for the second straight week, losing to the Nighthawks 20-6 in Silver Springs, Nevada in a 2A Northern League clash.

Silver Stage grabbed a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter but Incline responded early in the second to tie the game. But the Highlanders would never again find paydirt.

The Nighthawks added two more touchdowns to take an 18-6 lead at halftime.

Each team’s defense highlighted the second half, that and struggles on offense. Neither team effectively moved the ball and both quarterbacks exited the game with injuries.

Incline’s quarterback Dylan Cleary would eventually return but the offense could never get in sync.

The Nighthawks capitalized on the Highlanders struggles to score a safety and record their first win of the year.

Incline has scored just 12 points in its last two games after scoring 73 in the first two.

The Highlanders (2-2, 1-2 2A Northern) will quickly need to rediscover the swagger that helped them beat rival North Tahoe two weeks ago, because league unbeaten Pershing County awaits their arrival.

Incline will travel approximately two hours to Lovelock to take on the Mustangs (2-0 Northern).

In other league action, Battle Mountain beat West Wendover 63-13, Yerington topped North Tahoe 28-20 and Pershing County dumped White Pine 60-6.

2A Northern League standings: Battle Mountain 3-0, Yerington 2-0, Pershing 2-0, Incline 1-2, North Tahoe 1-2, Silver Stage 1-2, West Wendover 1-2, White Pine 0-2.