Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 | 11:20 p.m.
Desert Pines sent a message to the rest of Nevada that they belong in the 4A classification with a 33-20 win over Bishop Manogue Friday night in Reno.
Devin McGee ran for three touchdowns and Cam Wiley ran for 150 yards and a score as the Jaguars dominated the ground game.
“The kids played very, very hard against a well-coached and disciplined team,” Desert Pines assistant coach David Hill said. “We played a very good game on offense and defense, really keeping a good tailback in check for the most part.”
Defensive back Tye Moore intercepted Bishop Manogue twice, including one that he ran back for a touchdown.
The Jaguars struggled to a ho-hum 12-6 win over Durango in their opening game of the season, but clearly worked some of the kinks out before their trip up north.
“We didn’t have a scrimmage this season, so our first game we were rusty,” Hill said.
Bishop Manogue is expected to be one of the best 4A teams in the north and already has a 50-7 win over Reed High School this year, so it’s a nice early-season measuring stick for the Jaguars.
“We are on a mission to earn respect in the city and we had key players back, which made a difference,” Hill said. “We played like a family and cut down on the penalties.”
Desert Pines faces Sierra Vista next Friday before a big showdown with Liberty on Sept. 21.