Klug, Concha-Foley to cap outstanding prep football careers in Sertoma game
Chris Klug of South Tahoe High and Whittell’s Roberto Concha-Foley will go down as two of the most exciting local football players South Shore fans have watched play the game.
Their fans, however, have one more chance to watch them play high school football. The game-breakers, along with South Tahoe’s Mike Burns, will participate in the 2009 Sertoma Classic All-Star football game Friday night at Mackay Stadium in Reno.
If you missed Concha-Foley’s career, then you catch up on some of his extraordinary feats on Youtube. The left-handed quarterback was voted the Nevada 2A state offensive player of the year and the Northern 2A League MVP after leading the Warriors into the state playoffs.
“I sat there and watched him on Youtube and I told my dad, ‘I forgot this kid did this many amazing plays,” said Whittell coach David Atherton. “It puts it in perspective how talented he is.”
Unlike many star quarterbacks, Concha-Foley played more than one position. He was a return specialized and was the team’s last line of defense at free safety. Concha-Foley passed for 1,044 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 377 yards and nine scores. He also returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns and made three interceptions.
“I honestly believe he’ll get a D1 scholarship out of JC if he can keep his mental focus,” Atherton said. “He doesn’t know what college is going to do to him. If he keeps fighting, he will be in the newspaper for years to come.”
Klug didn’t get the pigskin in his hands as often as Concha-Foley, but when he did, the 6-foot, 175-pounder usually made things happen.
He returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score in a 28-20 victory over Fallon, but his most memorable performance came in a 27-7 homecoming win against Wooster. Despite only touching the ball four times, Klug made three scores, including pass receptions of 81 and 18 yards and a punt return for a 65-yard touchdown.
But he meant much more to the Vikings. The sure-handed tackler made 81 solo tackedowns and assisted in 65 others.
When he closed the books on his STHS career, Klug was selected first-team all-Sierra Division and second-team all-region. He also was chosen to the All-Sierra Nevada football team. He is planning to play at American River College next season.
Sickness kept Burns off the field part of the season after he starred for the Vikings as a linebacker and tight end his junior year, but the senior backer was still able to earn honorable mention. Burns recorded a quarterback sack in the Vikings’ win over Fallon.
Notes: Two Vikings who didn’t get selected to the game have made plans to continue playing football in college. Receiver Noble Lau will play for La Verne University in Southern California. The Leopards are part of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference … Ervin, who threw for 14 touchdowns in his final season behind center, is headed to Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio. The Pioneers are part of the Ohio Athletic Conference … both Lau and Ervin were Sierra Division honorable mention recipients.
The 28th annual event includes 100 of the top 2A, 3A and 4A graduating seniors – 50 players per team – from 33 schools throughout Northern Nevada and the Tahoe area. Head coaches this year are Rick Walker of Dayton and Jeff Knutson of Fernley.
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