Incline football: Highlanders go off for 50 points in league win
Incline 50, Silver Stage 44
Incline 25 15 10 0 — 50
S. Stage 6 6 6 26 — 44
Individual stats (Incline only)
RUSHING — I, 34-459: Graffis 15-235; Quenneville 5-105; Guymon 8-101; Green 4-10; Wilderman 2-8.
PASSING — I: Quenneville 7-12-123-0-2; Barnard 1-3-20-1-0.
RECEIVING — I: Stranzl 3-75; Graffis 3-50; Redfern 1-10; Guymon 1-8.
The Highlanders picked up their first league win in dominant fashion at Silver Stage on Saturday.
Incline jumped out to an early 14-0 lead that ballooned to 40-12 by the half and 50-18 by the end of the third quarter.
The Nighthawks managed 26 points in the fourth quarter against Incline’s second string to bring the final score to a respectable margin, 50-44.
“When our first string was in there, it was quite a show,” said Incline coach Scott Conn, whose Highlanders are now 1-3 in the Northern Division III entering their final game.
Incline amassed 602 yards of total offense in the contest, including 459 yards rushing and 143 yards through the air.
Senior running back Owen Graffis had a monster game with four touchdowns and 375 all-purpose yards — 235 yards rushing on 15 carries, 50 yards receiving on three catches and 90 yards on punt returns.
Senior quarterback Tanner Quenneville, who returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, completed seven of his 12 pass attempts for 123 yards and two TDs, and had 105 rushing yards on five carries.
Senior fullback Michael Guymon gained 101 yards on eight rushes, and senior Joey Stranzl led the receiving corps with 75 yards on three catches.
“All in all, a lot of things came together in that game,” Conn said.
Defensively, Guymon led the way with 10 tackles, while Stranzl had eight tackles and a sack, Alex Barnard had seven tackles, and Charlie Zendner had an interception.
Graffis was named Incline’s Player of the Game, Quenneville, who also tallied 120 yards in kickoff returns, was Offensive Player of the Game, Stranzl was Defensive Player of the Game, and Jerry Sanchez was Special Teams Player of the Game.
The Highlanders will look to end the season on a winning note when the host playoff-bound Battle Mountain (3-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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