Incline Village football looks to bounce back Saturday at Silver Stage
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline has had over a week off since suffering a difficult loss last Thursday to Yerington.
The Highlanders were never in the game, surrendering four touchdowns in the first quarter on their way to a 44-6 home defeat prompting head coach Brian Martinez to say, “We flat out didn’t show up tonight.”
Incline has a chance to get healthy Saturday morning when they travel about 90 minutes to Silver Springs, Nevada to take on the Silver Stage Nighthawks.
The Highlanders (2-1, 1-1 Northern) are heavy favorites entering the 2A Northern League clash, but they will most definitely have to show up for the 11 a.m. kickoff.
Silver Stage (0-2, 0-2 Northern) has been the lamb of the league so far in the early season. The Nighthawks have lost both of their games, 51-0 last week to North Tahoe and 43-6 to Battle Mountain to start the season.
Incline and Silver Stage have a common opponent, North Tahoe; the Nighthawks were steamrolled by the Lakers while the Highlanders earned an emotional 39-28 victory.
The Highlanders have been led on offense by a pair of sophomores, quarterback Dylan Cleary and running back Brad Rye, who exploded for a 63-yard touchdown run to account for Incline’s points against Yerington.
Rye has gained 290 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries and is also the team’s leading receiver with 12 catches for 111 yards and another score.
Cleary has completed 34 of 57 passes for 562 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 241 yards and two TDs on 26 attempts. Zach Pexa has hauled in two TD passes from Cleary and Johnny Redfern has the other receiving TD.
The defense has been lead in tackles this season by a pair of seniors, Bennet Welco and Trent Green, who have 13 stops apiece. Seniors Keenan Collier and Joe Wilderman and sophomore Jorge Cardiel have each made 12 tackles. Kai Martinez and Pexa have each intercepted passes this season, and both were returned for touchdowns.
Incline is tied with North Tahoe (1-1) and West Wendover (1-1) for fourth place in league behind Battle Mountain (2-0), Yerington (1-0) and Pershing County (1-0). The top four teams at the end of the season advance to the northern region playoffs.
The overall league standings are Battle Mountain 2-0, Yerington 1-0, Pershing County 1-0, Incline 1-1, North Tahoe 1-1, West Wendover 1-1, White Pine 0-1, Silver Stage 0-2.
In other Northern League action this week, Battle Mountain plays at West Wendover, Pershing County is at White Pine and North Tahoe visits Yerington.
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