Incline football struggles in road loss to West Wendover |

Incline football struggles in road loss to West Wendover

Staff report

WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — Composed of primarily freshmen and sophomores, the Incline football team, more often than not, is outsized when it lines up against its opponents.

Such was the case last Friday.

Facing a senior-laden West Wendover squad, the Highlanders were overpowered in a 54-15 2A Northern road loss.

“Tough game against a big West Wendover team,” said Incline coach Michael Sacci, whose team generated only 119 yards of offense. “With a bunch of freshman and sophomores starting in key roles, we are stressing taking every positive we can in order to build them up for the future.

“I’m actually very impressed with the way our young team has been handling themselves against junior- and senior-heavy opponents.”

Sacci took positives from his team’s second half, where the Highlanders scored their two touchdowns.

JJ Snyder charted 41 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead Incline’s offense. Joe Wilderman hauled in three catches for 49 yards.

Facing a heavy pass rush, Incline quarterback Nick Barnard never got into rhythm, throwing three interceptions on a 5-of-11 outing for 62 yards.

Defensively, Incline was anchored by Blaise Bibolet, who had 10 tackles and a sack. Barnard added eight tackles.

“Our kids hung in there and had a great second half, scoring two touchdowns and playing great defense,” Sacci said.

The Highlanders (1-3) will look to right the ship when it hosts Foresthill (Calif.) at 7 p.m. Friday for the Highlanders’ homecoming game.