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Warriors look for Independence on Saturday

With a potential playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Whittell High Warriors (3-3 overall, 3-2 league) welcome the Independence Colts (2-4, 2-3) to town Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for a Nevada 2A football battle.

Warrior head coach Larry Reilly realizes this is an important junction for his team and is well aware of what the outcome holds for the future of the season.

“This game scares me to death,” the coach said. “If we lose, our playoff hopes are almost gone.”

Independence is led by a trio of strong players: the Colts have a good running back, a very tough defensive end and a strong-armed quarterback. All of whom Reilly knows his team has to shut down if the Warriors are going to come out with a win.

“They’re tough,” Reilly said. “All three of those kids can really play.”

But the Warriors have a few players that can play as well. Led by seniors Keith Truswell, Joel Warnick and Luke Forvilly, the Warriors offense is hitting on all cylinders.

Even in the loss to Battle Mountain, the offense moved the ball well. Warnick caught six balls for 122 yards and Truswell threw 167.

This week it’s just a matter of repeating performances like the one at Battle Mountain.

“We can’t wait too long to get going on offense,” Reilly said. “I hope we come out to play.”

Reilly said his team had a lackluster week of practice and needs to dial up the intensity on game day.

Combined with the fact he’s going to have to juggle his lineup a little because of some off-the field incidents Reilly isn’t in the best of moods.

“There was no intensity there this week,” Reilly said. “These next two games are important games.

“If we get two wins, we’ll end up in Carlin for the first round of the playoffs, and we can beat them the second time around.”

First the Warriors have to get through Independence and Lovelock before worrying about Carlin and the playoffs.

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