Hug Hawks to visit Viking Bowl on Saturday |

Hug Hawks to visit Viking Bowl on Saturday

A road game at South Tahoe High on Saturday might seem like a trip to the grocery store for the Hug Hawks.

After crossing the Nevada state border to play in Salt Lake City in their opening game last Friday, the Hawks will get an opportunity to play much closer to home on week two.

Both teams are winless heading into the 1:30 p.m. nonleague game at Viking Bowl. South Tahoe gave up 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to lose to Dayton 20-7, while Hug couldn’t overcome an early 10-point deficit and lost to Granger, Utah, 17-14.

New South Tahoe coach Kevin Hennessee believes his Vikings performed well in the opener, considering there was little time to prepare for the season. Hennessee didn’t take over the program until Aug. 13, and 16 days later the Vikings were playing their first game.

“There is plenty of talent on this team,” Hennessee said. “We have a lot of stuff to offer. There are skill guys, there’s linemen, our secondary is good and we have a good defensive line.

“It’s just a matter of all of us being on the same page, being at practice every day, working hard and learning.”

Hug has consistently been a playoff representative during coach Rollins Stallworth’s tenure with the Hawks. The Hawks defeated South Tahoe 27-0 last year, and this Saturday’s meeting figures to be the last for a while since Hug now plays in the High Desert Division.

After playing the Hawks, Hennessee and his Vikings will have an extra week to prepare for their Sierra Division opener Sept. 18 at Carson. The Vikings were originally scheduled to play defending state champion McQueen on Sept. 11, but surrendered the nonleague game to Douglas.

“We definitely have something to build on,” Hennessee said. “We have to come together a little bit more. We have to get a little more buy-in in terms of each other. It’s there. There’s definitely a foundation. We just need to build on it.”

NOTE: Local radio stations KTHO (590 AM) has resumed broadcasting South Tahoe football games. The station plans to carry home and away games.

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