Spotlight on: McQueen Lancers
Hometown: Reno, Nevada
By Brett Manney
The famous proverb “revenge is a meal best served cold” might be hanging up in the locker room at McQueen high school.
After losing in last year’s 4A Nevada state championship game, the Lancers (10-0, State PR: 95.74, Rank 2) have been dominant this season and are taking out their anger on everyone who gets in their way.
Losing isn’t something the Lancers are accustomed to as of late. The program has been a force in high school football ever since 1990. From ‘90 to ’08, they have been a powerhouse amongst Nevada’s elite football programs, as evidenced by state titles earned in ‘90, ‘92, ‘97, ‘00 and ’02.
This season, should one ask any of the nine opponents McQueen has defeated so far and it’s likely that they do not want to play them again, and for good reason.
McQueen has scored 383 points this year while giving up only 53, and 23 of those came in the team’s first game. Since then, their stifling defense hasn’t allowed more than seven points in any game and have four shutouts along the way. They average 42.5 points per game while yielding just 5.8 points.
With a squad that features four all-state performers from last year, it’s no wonder that the Lancers are cruising through their competition. All-State running back Tyler York is an explosive back and averages eight yards a carry, 113 yards rushing per game and has accumulated 13 touchdowns. Backup Anthony Martinez is a playmaker as well, averaging 74 yards rushing per game and making it tough for any defense to slow down the Lancers’ running attack. Quarterback Anthony Stolo has been very accurate by completing 65% of his passes for 13 touchdowns and only one interception.
McQueen has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and looks to continue its perfect season late into November. The No. 2 seeded Hug Hawks were supposed to give McQueen its toughest game of the regular season but were demolished by the Lancers, 30-0, on Oct. 24. The dominance displayed so far by the Lancers has been nothing short of astonishing.
After losing in the state final last season, McQueen still carries a bitter taste in its mouth and has nothing other than redemption on its mind. And the indication so far is that this team won’t stop until it raises another championship trophy up into the Nevada night sky.
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