Lowry’s Jordan Bills escapes the grasps of an Elko defender in the Buckaroos’ 32-22 win on Friday night in Elko.
Lowry’s Jordan Bills escapes the grasps of an Elko defender in the Buckaroos’ 32-22 win on Friday night in Elko.
The 2021 spring season for the Lowry High School football team began with a match-up against rival Elko and concluded with a second meeting with the Indians.

For the Buckaroos, both games ended in victory. Lowry traveled to Elko last Friday night for a 3A East playoff game and came back to Winnemucca with a 32-22 win and 3-3 record in the shortened six-week season.

Lowry took advantage of five Elko turnovers on the night and never trailed in the contest.

The Buckaroos used an on-side kick to start the game to gain control of the ball and drove 51 yards and scored on a 1-yard run by Caden Ricci, with just three minutes gone off the clock. Braden Hammargren added the extra point.

After forcing Elko to turn the ball over on downs, Lowry quickly moved the ball down the field, as Ricci found Sam Roth, Jordan Bills, Hammargren and Giovanni Sapien in the short passing game. However, the Buckaroos saw the drive ends on downs.

Late in the first quarter and into the second quarter, the two squads turned the ball over on four straight possessions. 

The Buckaroos saw a drive end with an interception in the end zone. Just a few plays later, the Indians fumbled the ball right back.

That last turnover led to Lowry’s second score, as the senior duo of Ricci and Roth connected for a 39-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. 

That would be the score at halftime.

The third quarter provided fireworks, as the teams combined for three touchdowns in just over four minutes. Elko took nearly five minutes off the clock in its first possession of the second half. 

The drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Kaiden Cervantes, and a 16-8 deficit after the 2-point conversion.

However, on the next play from scrimmage, Ricci connected with Sapien on a 60-yard pass for a touchdown. Lowry missed the conversion and led 20-8 with 3:50 left in the third quarter.

The back-and-forth fight continued, as the Indians quickly drove 77 yards and cut the Buckaroo led to 20-16 on an 8-yard run by Cervantes with 22 seconds left in the third quarter.

On the second play of its next drive and the first of the fourth quarter, Ricci and Sapien found each other, this time for a 74-yard touchdown and a 26-16 advantage after the missed 2-point conversion.

After turning the ball over three times in the first half, Elko turned the ball over again on its next drive, which quickly resulted in a 5-yard pass from Ricci to Logan Fettic and a 32-16 lead.

Elko threw an interception on the first play of its next drive, but Lowry saw the ensuing drive end on downs. The Indians scored a late touchdown on a run by Lincoln Ratliff, but the Buckaroos held on from there to secure the win. Lowry graduates 11 seniors off the squad.