Vikings drop home opener |

Vikings drop home opener

Becky Regan

By Becky Regan / Tahoe Daily Tribune Kris DiGrande deflects a Lowry ball in the end zone during the second quarter. DiGrande deflected to end zone passes in the first half.

No doubt that John Cefalu and Kyante Wilson are a winning combination, but despite their flashes of greatness South Tahoe couldn’t pull off the win in its home opener against Lowry Friday.

Cefalu connected with Kyante for 136 yards during the second half, but it amounted to one touchdown and South Tahoe left points on the field as Lowry took a 24-7 win.

South Tahoe had a window at the start of the second quarter.

Trailing by 10, John Cefalu hit Kyante Wilson to open the second half with a 58-yard gain putting the Vikings in Lowry’s red zone.

Once he found success, Cefalu didn’t change the game plan. He shook off a sac and went for Wilson again completing a 15-yard touchdown pass, and South Tahoe was on the board. A successful point after touchdown closed the gap to three.

The Vikings then recovered a fumble seconds after Wilson’s touchdown, but Lowry’s defense shutdown the Viking’s momentum just as quickly.

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Once they got the ball back, the Buckaroos started to eat up the clock with a slow running drive down the field that ended in the Vikings’ end zone. With a PAT the touchdown gave Lowry a 17-7 edge and shaved South Tahoe’s comeback time down to 11 minutes.

With time running out, Cefalu and Wilson went to work. Cefalu served up a 25-yard pass to Wilson early in the fourth. He found him again for 38 yards and Wilson muscled his way to Lowry’s 45 with four minutes left on the clock.

But both drives fizzled and Cefalu was under heavy pressure.

“If we could get John some time we had guys open tonight,” South Tahoe coach Kevin Hennessee said. “We had trouble with the blitz tonight.”

Maybe it was Lowry’s defensive pressure, but the Vikings seemed to run out of steam in the fourth and the Buckaroos added another touchdown.

“We wore down and they found a couple of things there in the fourth and they just exploited them,” Hennessee said.

Lowry couldn’t find the flaws early on, however, as South Tahoe’s defense kept the Vikings in the game.

Lowry took an quick lead driving the ball down to South Tahoe’s red zone, but Kris DiGrande swatted away a Lowry touchdown. The Buckaroos had to settle for a field goal.

DiGrande did it again in the second half and with Cale Backinger adding pressure Lowry connected for just one touchdown despite several impressive drives.

The Vikings will host Wooster High School for homecoming Friday at 7 pm.

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