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Football: Capsules for Week 2 of the playoffs

12:00 AM, Nov. 09, 2012 EST

PLAYOFF CAPSULES

DIVISION I

McQueen at Damonte Ranch

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: McQueen (5-5); Damonte Ranch (5-5)

Last time: McQueen 23, Damonte 19 on Oct. 25

Key stat: The Lancers this century have more state championships (3) than the Mustangs have playoff victories (2).

The intrigue: Damonte's Drew Smith rushed for 329 yard and four touchdowns last week and 239 yards -- but lost a key fumble late in the game -- against the Lancers two weeks ago. Can McQueen contain the elusive back?

The pick: Damonte

Spanish Springs at Reed

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Spanish Springs (8-3); Reed (8-3)

Last time: Reed 47, Spanish Springs 14 on Oct. 25

Key stat: The Raiders have won nine straight games in the series, including the past three by an average of 31 points.

The intrigue: Reed doesn't have to change anything and most likely won't. But what does Spanish Springs try to do differently in hopes of advancing to its first region championship game?

The pick: Reed

DIVISION I-A

Cheyenne at Truckee

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Records: Cheyenne (9-2); Truckee (9-1)

Last time: Never played

Key stat: The projected high temperature on Saturday in Truckee is 34 degress and there could be snow in the ground from the night before. The projected high in Las Vegas is 55 degrees and sunny.

The intrigue: The Wolverines played in the 12 playoff games the previous four years, while the Desert Shields played in four during the same span. Such experience can only help Truckee.

The pick: Truckee

Lowry at Moapa Valley

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Records: Lowry (10-1); Moapa Valley (11-1)

Last time: Moapa 19, Lowry 6 on Nov. 12, 2011

Key stat: The Buckaroos own the state's longest current win streak among 11-man teams at nine and have the school's first 10-win season.

The intrigue: What did Lowry learn from last year's long trip to Overton and the 13-point loss to the playoff-tested Pirates?

The pick: Lowry

DIVISION III

Lincoln County at Pershing County

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Records: Lincoln County (9-2); Pershing County (9-1)

Last time: Lincoln Co. 37, Pershing Co. 16 on Nov. 19, 2005

Key stat: These teams played twice in 2005 and split. But the Lynx's win was in the state championship game at Mackay Stadium.

The intrigue: Can Lincoln County stay with the Mustangs? Pershing County has allowed just 39 points this season, or 3.9 per game.

The pick: Pershing Co.

Battle Mountain at Mountain View

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Records: Battle Mountain (7-3); Mountain View (10-1)

Last time: Battle Mountain 35, Mountain View 8 on Nov. 14, 2009

Key stat: The 217 points allowed by the Longhorns this year is the most among the remaining Div. III teams and nearly 100 more than the next closest team.

The intrigue: Battle Mountain has the aerial attack to keep pace with the Saints' offense, but the Longhorns will have to come up with defensive stops if they are to advance.

The pick: Mountain View

DIVISION IV

Carlin at Pahranagat Valley

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Carlin (6-4); Pahranagat Valley (9-0)

Last time: Pahranagat 48, Carlin 0 on Sept. 7.

Key stat: Pahranagat's 55-game win streak is a state record and the second longest active steak in the country.

The intrigue: Can the Railroaders somehow defy all the odds and put an end to the Panthers' five-year run. Carlin was the last team to beat Pahranagat, 26-24 in the 2006 state semifinals.

The pick: Pahranagat

Spring Mountain at Virginia City

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Records: Spring Mountain (8-1); Virginia City (9-1)

Last time: Never played

Key stat: Spring Mountain has not allowed more than 20 points in any of its eight wins this year.

The intrigue: The altitude and weather could be a real home-field advantage for the Muckers. The Eagles were 8-1 last season before they traveled to Carlin for the state semifinals and lost 44-30.

The pick: Spring Mountain

-- Chris Gabel, RGJ

 

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Rank School Record
1 Elko High School
Elko, NV
9-1-0
2 Lowry High School
Winnemucca, NV
19-2-0
3 Edward C Reed High School
Sparks, NV
21-6-0
4 Galena High School
Reno, NV
7-6-0
5 Reno High School
Reno, NV
10-6-0

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