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Vikings gear up for Spring Creek

Becky Regan

Four down, two to go.

Well, actually it’s just one from the Vikings’ frame of mind.

The one-at-a-time mentality may sound cliche, but it’s a winning formula for the South Tahoe High School football team. With 19 guys on the team, it’s also probably the only formula against programs three times their size.

Right now, the Vikings’ focus is laser beamed on tonight’s game against Spring Creek.

“We’ve got to beat Spring Creek first before anything can happen. And they’re good,” head coach Kevin Hennessee said. “They run the ball really well. They get after it.”

The reality is South Tahoe has a chance to burst through the postseason bubble for the first time in almost a decade. The guys are currently boasting a four-game win streak behind their nationally ranked quarterback John Cefalu and their nationally ranked receivers Kyante Wilson and Kyle Moreno.

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“John is confident in his receivers. He’s also getting time from the line,” athletic director Doug Russell said.

The offensive line has bought Cefalu precious seconds in the past four wins.

In addition to a tough line, the Vikings boast a state-leading receiving staff. Tonight, they will suit up key linebacker and tight end Cale Backinger, who was out in last week’s 50-14 win against Sparks.

The Vikings’ offense is certainly firing on all cylinders, but postseason is by no means a given. The guys have some tough hurdles ahead.

Spring Creek is one of them.

“They run the ball. They eat clock and they’ve got guys who will carry the ball 30 times a game, which can wear people down,” Russell said.

Spring Creek’s strong running game is led by running back Josh Hull. The Spartans also have an impressive kicker named Colby Patton, who put up a 49-yard field goal last week.

The Vikings (4-3) will suit up 19 against Spring Creek (2-5) tonight at South Tahoe High School at 7 p.m. South Tahoe has two remaining regular season games at home.

The final two playoff spots will come down to South Tahoe, Lowry (6-1) and Truckee (6-1). Here’s where it gets confusing. Either Lowry or Truckee will have to lose their final two games, while South Tahoe will need to win both remaining games and beat Truckee in the final game by more than 13 points. If that happens, defensive points will then be added up to determine playoff berth.

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