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Warriors say they can saddle the Mustangs

Whittell travels to Lovelock on Saturday to take on the top seed from the North in the first round of the Northern 2A playoffs.

The Pershing County (Lovelock) Mustangs, who went undefeated in the regular season to finish as the top Northern seed, are the regional favorite.

Based on their first game with the Mustangs and their recent performances, however, the Warriors feel they have a fighting chance to upset the Mustangs and advance to the regional semifinals.

The Warriors, the fourth seed after routing the Incline Highlanders 30-0 last week to finish league 2-4, lost to the Mustangs 28-12 during a road game.

The Warriors executed only 13 plays on offense in the first three quarters after fumbling two kickoff returns.

To be that unproductive on offense, and to hold the team considered the best in the 2A Northern Region to a two-touchdown lead, is more of a Warrior inspiration than a Mustang victory, say Whittell supporters.

“I think if we can play as well as we can, we can give Lovelock a run for their money,” said running back Casey Canto after the Incline game.

Canto, a 210-pound lineman who recently moved to running back, will be a new attraction for the Mustangs. He carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns against Incline.

He’s not as quick as running back Jake Summer or Alex Swearingen, but he is bigger and perhaps harder to bring down.

That could be an advantage this Saturday as the weather is expected to turn foul. Snow could fall as far east as Lovelock and WHS coach Mike Evans wants his team to be ready.

If the conditions are wet and snowy, Evans said his team will practice outside Friday to get accustomed to the conditions.

The Lovelock-bound Warrior bus doesn’t leave until 7 a.m. on Saturday, and Evans hopes to use as much of that time as possible to prepare for the toughest opponent the team has faced all year.

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