Yerington clinches playoff spot | NevadaAppeal.com

Yerington clinches playoff spot

Appeal Staff Report

The Yerington High football team clinched a spot in the Northern 2A playoffs with a 33-12 win at Silver Stage on Saturday.

Yerington improved to 5-3 and 4-2 in the Northern 2A and will play at Rite of Passage at 1 p.m. Friday in a game for third place in the Northern 2A.

The Lions weren’t able to pull away until the fourth quarter against Silver Stage. “It was a much better game than that,” said Yerington coach Cody Neville about the final score.

Yerington jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Silver Stage came back to cut the lead to 14-12 at halftime. The turning point came in the third quarter when Jeremy Means made a spectacular catch when he took the ball away from the defender on a pass from Matt Richardson. That set up a score and Yerington scored twice in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Richardson and Means also combined on a touchdown pass and Richardson scored on a touchdown run as well. In addition, Scott Veil scored on a touchdown run.

Yerington played without one of its top offensive threats, Ricky Menesini, who was out with a quad pull. Neville said he’s unsure if Menesini will play against ROP, but wants to make sure he’s ready for the playoffs.

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The Lions will play either at Battle Mountain or Lovelock in the playoffs, two teams they took down to the wire before losing.