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Incline football: Slow start hurts Highlanders in loss to White Pine

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Conor Nix racked up 148 all-purpose yards, but the Incline football team struggled to find the end zone in a 23-6 2A Northern League loss to White Pine on Friday at Incline High School.

The Highlanders fell behind 23-0 in the first half and never recovered.

Nix provided Incline’s lone touchdown in the third quarter on a 3-yard TD pass from Nick Barnard.

Incline managed to keep the Bobcats at bay in the second half, but the Highlanders were unable to pull any closer.

“Still couldn’t be more proud of how our young team had handled themselves this year,” Incline coach Michael Sacci said. “They never gave up on Friday night. They have never thrown in the towel all year no matter what the score is. They showed lots of poise and had lots of good plays both defensively and offensively.”

No one more than Nix, who tallied 95 rushing yards on 13 carries — averaging 7.3 yards per carry — and had a total of 50 yards on kickoff returns.

Barnard added 34 yards rushing and 30 passing on 3 of 8 attempts. Zach Fragoso had a team-high 20 yards receiving on one catch.

Defensively, Barnard led the way with 14 tackles, including 11 solo tackles, along with a fumble recovery.

Jorge Cardiel added eight tackles, and Blaise Bibolet and Eleazar Santiago finished with seven tackles apiece.

Incline (1-6, 0-4) will not be back in action until Thursday, Oct. 27, when it hosts Silver Stage (1-4, 1-3) for its season finale at 7 p.m. at Incline High School.

The young Highlanders have a “bye” this week and are forfeiting games against senior-heavy squads Lovelock (5-0) and Battle Mountain (3-2).