Incline football: Highlanders drop league game at Wolverines
Incline will play a league game at Silver Stage this Saturday and will host Battle Mountain next Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.
The Incline football team built an early lead and watched it slip away in a 16-14 loss at West Wendover this past Friday.
The loss dropped the Highlanders to 0-3 in Northern Division III play with two league games remaining. Incline needs to win its final two games, and needs Battle Mountain (2-1) to lose at West Wendover this Friday, to have a shot at advancing to the postseason.
The Highlanders got off to a hot start against the Wolverines. Senior running back Owen Graffis scored two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter — including an 80-yard run — to give Incline a 14-0 lead.
West Wendover scored the next 16 points to earn the comeback win.
“Unfortunately for us, our kids thought they had it won, and they throttled back a little bit and allowed them to make some good plays,” Incline coach Scott Conn said.
Incline hurt its cause with five turnovers in the game, including four lost fumbles. The Highlanders also committed a number of costly penalties that kept West Wendover drives alive.
“Miscues on our part dommed us,” Conn said. “You can’t commit five turnovers and expect to win.”
While Conn does not have game stats, he estimates that Graffis finished with roughly 160 yards rushing on 15 carries, and senior fullback Michael Guymon had over 100 yards on 12 carries. Conn described Graffis’ 80-yard TD run in the first quarter as “spectacular,” as he broke several tackles en route to the long score.
Senior quarterback Tanner Quenneville — filling in for injured starter Kelsey Philpott — completed a good percentage of his pass attempts for about 150 yards, Conn said, with one interception late in the contest. Senior kicker Jerry Sanchez attempted a 40-yard field goal just before the half that fell just short of the crossbar.