For the third straight season, the Reed Raiders have advanced to the state football semifinals, but this year's matchup against Liberty High School is being overshadowed by the game's location. Reed was supposed to host the contest, but on Monday, NIAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine announced that the game was being moved to Bishop Manogue High School, due to unsuitable playing conditions at Reed.
Reed head coach Ernie Howren's response? "Shocked, confused, and extremely disappointed. It's our school. We earned it. We earned the right to play on our home field, and to not at least put us in the decision-making to at least defend ourselves and our field and our house, that's not fair."
The field is far from ideal, with holes and dirt patches all over the place, but the question is why was it allowed to host games all season long, and only now deemed unsuitable?
"At the beginning of the year, the Director and Coordinator for Activities and Athletics for Washoe County walked the field with personnel over there for regular season participation and said it was playable, but as the season progressed, the field became in disrepair," Bonine said.
Howren said, "The field is in better shape than it was at the end of last year and we didn't make this move, and why we're making the move now is very confusing."
Looking forward to next season, Washoe County School District Coordinator of Athletics and Activities Brian Rothe told KOLO-8 that it would cost between $45,000 and $55,000 to resod and repair the field. If it is not improved by the start of next season, the field may have to be taken out of usage until it can be properly repaired.
Reed will face Liberty this Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at Bishop Manogue High School. The winner will advance to the state championship game.