Incline football | Defending champs end Highlanders’ season |

Incline football | Defending champs end Highlanders’ season

Staff report
Junior running back Owen Graffis led Incline's offense with 85 rushing yards in the Highlanders' playoff loss Friday.
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The Incline football team’s season came to an end with a 66-12 loss at Yerington in the opening round of the Division III state playoffs Friday.

The Highlanders did not play poorly on offense, as they sustained drives and finished with 248 yards of total offense. They had 14 first downs and ran 59 plays to the Lions’ 36.

But the defending state champs proved too explosive to handle for Incline’s defense and special teams.

The Lions, who entered with an undefeated league record, led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter after a couple of rushing touchdowns and a punt return. They extended the lead to 35-6 by the half, then outscored Incline 10-6 in the third quarter and 21-0 in the fourth.

Incline got on the board in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by junior running back Owen Graffis, who also scored the Highlanders’ second touchdown on a 25-yard reception in the third quarter.

Graffis led Incline’s ground game with 85 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Jack Clouthier gained 75 yards on 14 carries, and Michael Guymon had 49 yards on 12 attempts.

Senior tight end Ben Snyder caught two passes for 26 yards, and Clouthier was 4-for-13 passing for 48 yards.

Incline finished the year 5-6 overall and 3-3 in Northern Division III play.

In other first-round games Friday, second-seeded Pershing County defeated third-seeded Battle Mountain, 22-6, while in the South, top-seeded The Meadows defeated fourth-seeded Needles, 16-7, and second-seeded Agassi Prep beat third-seeded Lincoln County, 20-12.

Yerington will host Agassi Prep this Saturday and The Meadows will host Pershing County. The state championship is Nov. 22 at Bishop Gorman High School.

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