Ben Heaton (34) and Anthony Alvarado (27) blow up a Douglas run play during Carson’s home game against the Tigers on Friday.
Photo by Ron Harpin.
Reno High has proven it can put up points, scoring at least 28 points in three of four contests this season.
However, slowing down the run was an issue for the Huskies against a physical Douglas team.
Given the Senators’ run-first offensive identity, the trenches will be an important battle for Carson in order to move the football effectively.
In its last three games, Reno has surrendered 145 points.
Reno’s unorthodox defensive front will put some added pressure on the Senator line, but it’s a look Carson saw earlier this spring when it scrimmaged the Huskies.
“Defensively, they run a 3-5-3 style with a lot of angle blitzing, so we worked hard this week to be successful against them,” said Carson High head coach Blair Roman. “We have seen it before which is good. That is helpful for our guys up front and our QB.”
Last week against Douglas, the Senators were able to run for 206 yards on 48 carries and throw for over 100 yards.
Jacob Campbell (No. 8) did most of the damage on the stat sheet, carrying the rock for 102 yards in the first three quarters.
Vinnie Ferretti continued to show positive strides after finding DeCarlo Quintana for a textbook pitch-and-catch play down the home sideline.
“We had some really nice drives and moved the ball well against a solid front,” said Roman.
Defensively, continue to watch out for Ben Heaton, who is wrapping up tackles left and right for the Senators.
Heaton posted over 20 total tackles last week against the Tigers.
Despite a noticeable size mismatch on the line, players like Izayah Pando and other members of the Senator defensive line were able to bust through plays and catch Douglas running backs for little gain.
Keeping that mindset in the final game of the season will give the Senators another shot at impressing their head coach.
With one final spring game left this season, Carson’s large class of seniors, who were honored last week, look to leave it on the field one more time.
“It would be nice to see a good effort from he boys. I have a lot of pride in what they are trying to do. I think from that standpoint it will help our confidence this summer,” said Roman.