Rancho High School granted independent status for football

Rancho High’s football team hasn’t had many things go its way in the past two seasons. But the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association granted the Rams some relief this week.

The NIAA board of control voted to allow Rancho to be an independent in football for the next two seasons. That will allow the Rams to avoid the Division I powers that have pummeled them the past two seasons.

Opponents have outscored Rancho 1,004-82 in the past two seasons. Rancho hasn’t scored more than 15 points in a game since 2011, and the Rams gave up 70 or more points four times last fall.

The move also addresses safety concerns. Rancho assistant principal Michael Kennedy told the board in March that Rams players had suffered 27 concussions in the past three years.