Reno, Reed advance to Northern Championship

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) It's going to be third-ranked Reed versus number two Reno in the Northern Championship game.

The Raiders upset top-ranked Damonte Ranch 31-27; the Mustangs first loss to a Northern Nevada team in 19 games.

"There was no doubt in my mind that we weren't going to come away with this," said Reed senior quarterback Cameron Emerson. "I knew it was ours from the start, and I knew if we just kept doing what we were doing and trusted our process and trusted our scheme, we were going to come out on top."

Emerson ran for a pair of touchdowns, while George Moreno returned a kickoff 85 yards for another score.

"Fighting through adversity with my teammates and my brothers, you know," said Moreno on the win. "We didn't want to go down, we wanted to keep playing."

The Raiders defense picked off Cade McNamara twice in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. The Notre Dame commit also threw three touchdowns in the loss.

"They were moving the ball really well offensively at the end of the first half, Damonte Ranch was. And we were a little concerned," admitted Reed head coach Tony Amantia. "And we went back to just playing some of our basic stuff and were able to execute and get things done."

Reno remained perfect on the season, eliminating Spanish Springs 42-6 to reach the title game.

"Man it's very exciting. I'm super blessed," said Reno senior running back Brandon Kaho. "I've been waiting for this moment for three years. Three years and it's here and I'm grateful for it."

Kaho ran for three touchdowns, while quarterback Sawyer Jaksick added a pair of rushing TD's.

"It's been a long time coming for this school. We've been close the last few years in the semifinals," said head coach Dan Avansino. "We know our business isn't done yet."

Reed (10-2) plays Reno (12-0) next Friday, November 24th at Damonte Ranch high school. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10pm.