McQueen Football Takes Down Powerhouse

By: Daniel Chanin Email
By: Daniel Chanin Email

There was no red carpet, but the resume of the opponent facing McQueen High School on Friday night might be worthy of it.

The school that has produced the likes of Tom Brady and Barry Bonds rolled into town creating a best of Northern Nevada vs. a best of Northern California match-up.

It was a big game and a big win for the Lancers who took down mighty Junipero Serra 24-7.

The fans came out hundreds strong, waving signs and thumping their chests. It was a match-up that even had junior varsity players feeling like they were on the big stage.

"Before the game, I was really nervous," says Nick Shepherd, a junior varsity sophomore. "I thought they were going to kill us just cause they played De La Salle. This was our first challenge actually."

One week after the Padres big club fell one point short of beating national power house De La Salle, here they were playing a Lancer team they crushed by 24 points a year ago. It's a game fans haven't forgotten.

"They beat us pretty good last year," says Jim Stocker a Lancers fan. "So we hope to give them a good game this year and put northern Nevada on the map."

And the Lancers made it clear early that they were up for the challenge by taking a 14-7 lead into the half. The team was clearly feeding off the electric crowd, which wanted to show the Padres and the entire state of California that when it comes to athletics, Nevada doesn't mess around.

"It's a great opportunity for these kids to show how good Nevada kids are at sports and that we can compete," says John Armstrong, whose son plays for the Lancers.

Sure, it was a great chance to flex Nevada's football muscle, but the impressive performance had fans focusing on something even sweeter.

"Any given day you can come away a winner or a loser," says Tom Hale, a Lancers fan. "But I hope we're winners every time. I hope we get a state championship."


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