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Whittell ends season against Incline

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. – When the depleted Warriors hopped on the bus to make the long drive across Nevada to West Wendover, things were already looking bad for them. With four guys injured, and unable to even make the trip, the Warriors suited up 12 guys in the 50-28 loss. But the Warriors still made a game of it.

According to coach Jeff Jones, it wasn’t the team’s play that kept them from getting their third win of the season.

“We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t have everybody we needed,” Jones said. “It was actually 23-20 at half time and we just kind of ran out of gas.”

Prior to heading into the game, there was talk of even calling the game because of such low numbers, but if Whittell pulled out of the game, their season would have been over. So the Warriors marched on.

“The 12 kids that went, they played their hearts out,” Jones said. “It was just that there were certain things we could do and things we couldn’t do.”

There were certainly bright spots on the day for Whittell.

“Hughston Norton had is usual great game. He played quarterback,” Jones said. “Ty Sprock returned an interception at least 100 yards.”

Norton totaled for three touchdowns, that included a 25-yard run and a pass to Taylor Weik touchdown.

The Warriors were missing Jake Williams, Shawn Mand, Austin Buyak and Kody Dangtongdee. Jones is unsure if any of those guys will be in action against the Highlanders on Thursday, but he is sure that Incline will put up a fight.

“They’re well coached,” Jones said. “They put points up against everybody.

“They’re just kind of in the same boat we are, we just don’t have a lot of players.”

Incline is 4-5 overall and 3-4 in league play with wins over Silver Stage, West Wendover and North Tahoe. They routed the Lakers 41-7 on Oct. 8. In that game, Incline rushed for 242 yards, with Brendon Steinmeyer leading the way for the Highlanders with 148 yards on 16 carries. Jones praised Incline’s passing game.

“Patrick Murray is a really good quarterback, a real good athlete. Jordan Wright is probably the best receiver in the league,” he said. “They’re quite capable of throwing the football, but I think they try to be balance.

“I think their strength is passing the ball, but they have a good little running back.”

With so many key guys injured to start the week, Jones is still unsure of how the Warriors are going to approach the Highlanders. If Buyak and Mand are injured, Norton will start at quarterback again, and Sprock will move to running back. Either way, Jones knows that his offense needs to run smoothly to have success.

“If we can control the ball offensively and take time off the clock that way, that’s our best defense,” he said.

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