Fallon outscores Vikings, 56-34
FALLON – Fallon’s pistol offense was turned to automatic in its season opener on Friday.
The Greenwave scored eight touchdowns en route to a 56-34 Northern 3A win over South Tahoe at the Edward Arcinigea Complex.
Senior quarterback Colton Oney scored four TDs, senior running backs Charlie Heck and Shawntrell Hubbard added three and one, respectively.
Fallon opened the game with a pair of touchdowns from Oney and one from Heck. Heck rushed for 252 yards on 16 carries, while Oney went 2-for-6 for 47 yards.
“Charlie’s going to have a big year,” Fallon head coach Brooke Hill said. “He’s going to have to work hard.”
South Tahoe countered with a 25-yard touchdown pass by Tyler Nesbitt to Andrew Contaxis, cutting the lead to 20-7. Fallon owned a 30-6 halftime lead after Oney’s third score of the half.
“Big holes from the offensive line,” Heck said.
However, the Vikings didn’t quit, but instead, went on a 22-7 run to cut the lead to 37-28.
South Tahoe opened the third quarter with a seven-play scoring drive capped by another Nesbitt TD pass to Contaxis. Fallon responded with a 57-yard TD run by Heck to give the Wave a 37-14 lead.
Vikings running back Jacob Stowell cut the lead to 17 with a 5-yard TD run, and after a Fallon fumble, scored again from two yards out to put the Greenwave lead at 37-28. Stowell carried the ball 23 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
Nesbitt threw for 172 yards and two TDs.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and settled some guys down,” South Tahoe coach Kevin Hennessee said. “That helped a lot.”
It wasn’t enough, though, as Heck scored on a 33-yard rumble and Oney scramble 29 yards for his fourth TD of the game. Hubbard sprinted 27 yards to put the Wave up 56-28 with less than 10 minutes in the game.
“Part of the problem was we scored so fast it didn’t give our defense time to rest,” Hill said. “We’re better than that defensively.”
One special area of enjoyment for Hill, though, was special teams. Joseph Floyd opened the game with an 80-yard kickoff return to set up Fallon’s first score. Hubbard added a pair of 30-plus yard returns and Frank de Braga also return a kick for 36 yards.
Hubbard, who placed third at last year’s 4A state track meet in the 100-meter dash, is paired with Floyd on kickoff returns and gives the Wave an explosive attack, Hill said.
“Return game was good,” Hill said. “We got some athletes back there. We can run and that kickoff return team is a pretty physical bunch.”
However, Hill wasn’t satisfied with the defensive performance by his team. South Tahoe, which only dressed 18 players, ran through the Greenwave defense for 88 yards in the third quarter. Also, Fallon committed four turnovers (three fumbles) for the game.
“It’s early, you’re going to make those kind of mistakes,” Hill said.