Warriors face defending state champs
The Whittell High Warriors aren’t underestimating the challenge on Saturday. Although Lovelock doesn’t visit Zephyr Cove until 2 p.m., Whittell already knows what to expect. A lot of Lucas Montes.
“They got a running back who ran for 400 or more yards against Silver Stage,” said coach Dennis Young. “We are wondering how we are going to contain him. It’s going to be a huge challenge.”
Montes leads all classifications in Northern Nevada with 856 yards in four games this season. He is averaging 7.5 yards per carry average, which ranks among the best in the Northern 2A.
Oh yeah, the Mustangs (4-0 overall, 2-0 league) are also the defending state champions. Whittell (0-3, 0-2) is coming off a 48-6 nonleague loss at Portola, Calif.
“We know this week’s game is going to be against a tough team,” said David Sabistina, who caught seven passes and had interception last week against Portola. “It’s been tough this season. We just want to go out there and have fun. Right now, we know with the numbers and the guys we have that we’re not going to be killing teams, but we just want to go play.”
Coach Young expects his son, Jeff Young, to start at quarterback against Lovelock. Jeff Young has had a variety of roles for the Warriors. He’s handled kickoff returns and punts and played both linebacker and safety on defense.
Last week, Young connected with Zack Witt on a 57-yard play that accounted for the Warriors’ lone touchdown. Curtis Humbird has been the team’s starting quarterback in recent weeks.
“He doesn’t want to get beat up out there because he wants to save himself for defense,” Dennis Young said of his son. “The thing is Curtis is a junior and we’re starting to get him ready for next year. He does a good job, but he doesn’t have the experience Jeff has. Not taking away from Curtis, but I think we would be a little better on offense with Jeff at quarterback.”
Lovelock, Yerington and Battle Mountain are the top three teams in the Northern 2A standings and the trio also happens to be the Warriors’ next three opponents. After that difficult stretch, Whittell’s next two games are its most winnable as it hosts Rite of Passage and Silver Stage.
“They come out here and work hard in practice get pounded on Saturday or Friday night,” Dennis Young said of his players. “Then on Monday, it’s like nothing has ever happened. It’s awesome. We are getting better. In Portola, we had some bad things happen against us. But I thought we played very well and did some good things.”