South Tahoe comes home to face Wooster Friday |

South Tahoe comes home to face Wooster Friday

Joe Proudman

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – It’s homecoming week at South Tahoe High School, which culminates Friday night with Vikings football taking on Wooster High School at Viking Stadium.

South Tahoe (1-2) is coming off another game in which the team failed to hold their own for four quarters, loosing to Lowry High School 77-26 in Winnemucca last Friday. Lowry ran for 488 yards on the Vikings.

“We need to play physical for 48-minutes and not 20 minutes, 30 minutes,” said Vikings head coach Kevin Hennessee. “We just haven’t figured out how to play for 48 minutes.”

Though Lowry scored 28 points in the first half, South Tahoe was able to hold its own against a team that is expected to make a run for the 3A state title this year. They were able to stop the Mustangs explosive offense a couple times in the first half, but weren’t able to put any points of their own on the board. Their only chance came in the second quarter after driving down the field, but a Ryan Caro field goal bounced off the upright.

This week, the Vikings aren’t facing a team as good as Lowry, but coach Hennessee said Wooster is no slouch.

“They’re a good team, they play hard, they get after it,” he said. “We’re going to have to play well.”

Wooster is under first-year head coach Vince Johnson who has came in with a new system from years previous, running the pistol on offense. They’re 0-2 on the season so far, loosing their opening game at home 48-7 against Lowry and on the road at Spring Creek last week 17-7. Last season they finished 2-8. They’re playing as an independent team this year, looking to join 4A next year.

Wooster game up 196 yards and four touchdowns to Lowry running back Jace Billingsley on 15 carries. Against Spring Creek, Wooster was limited to just 208 total yards and fumbled five times. They were able to hold Spring Creek to 169 total yards, but gave up 17 points in the first half.

South Tahoe running back Jacob Stowell saw limited action on Friday night, rushing for only 49 yards but Hennessee said Stowell will be ready for Friday’s game. Tyler Nesbitt shared quarterback duties with John Cefalu against Lowry, but with Stowell leaving the game, Nesbitt took over at running back, rushing for 102 yards on six carries.

But all coach Hennessee is looking for this week is a complete game from his players.

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