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Incline football: Highlanders run win streak to three

Staff report

Quest Prep 0, Incline 48

Quest Prep 0 0 0 0 — 0

Incline 26 6 8 8 — 48

Incline stats

RUSING — 27-321: Santiago 9-125; Graffis 6-105; Guymon 6-54; Wilderman 3-15; Philpott 1-12; Barnard 2-10.

PASSING — Philpott 2-5-107-0-1; Barnard 0-1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING — Quenneville 1-64; Zendner 1-43.

Northern DIII standings

1. Yerington 4-0 1-0

2. Battle Mountain 2-0 1-0

3. Incline 3-1 0-0

4. Pershing County 2-2 1-0

5. Silver Stage 0-2 0-1

6. West Wendover 0-4 0-2

The Incline football team steamrolled visiting Quest Preparatory, 48-0, in the Highlanders’ final nonleague game this past Friday.

The hosts took control early and led 26-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Six different Incline players combined for 321 yards of rushing, led by freshman Eleazar Santiago’s 125 yards on nine carries, with two touchdowns. Santiago was named Incline’s Offensive Player of the Game.

Incline senior Owen Graffis contributed 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries, and senior Michael Guymon rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on six carries.

With the ground game working so efficiently, senior quarterback Kelsey Philpott threw only five passes, two of which connected for gains of 64 and 43 yards, to Tanner Quenneville and Charlie Zendner, respectively.

Quenneville’s one catch went for a touchdown, while the senior also scored on a 58-yard kickoff return. He was named Incline’s Special Teams Player of the Game.

The Highlanders also dominated on the defensive side of the ball. Four different players recovered Quest Prep fumbles — Guymon, Zendner, Max Wilderman and Conor Nix. Guymon had two sacks and a team-high 10 tackles, while Joey Stranzl had two sacks and nine tackles.

Guymon was the Highlanders’ Overall Player of the Game and Stranzl was the Defensive Player of the Game.

Incline improved to 3-1 overall while Quest Prep fell to 0-3.

The Highlanders, who have won three straight games, will be tested with their Division III opener Friday night. They’re set to host two-time defending state champion Yerington, which enters with a 4-0 record (1-0 league), including wins over Division I-A Truckee, 40-28, and Spring Creek, 23-16. The Lions are averaging 41.25 points per game.