South Tahoe drops historic night game
Athletic Director Don Borges cranked up the first of the eight portable lights in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s junior varsity game.
With a huge billow of brown diesel exhaust, the Allmand Night-Lite Pro with Oregon plates was running.
“Not only are we lighting the field, we’re doing mosquito abatement,” Borges joked.
Borges was a South Tahoe High School player in 1967 when football began at the campus. This was the first night game.
Principal Ivone Larson greeted the largest Viking Bowl crowd in several years on the public address system: “Good evening. Yes, you heard me right. We’d like to make this a permanent part of South Tahoe. Please dig deep and donate.”
Hoping the game was not a one-time experiment, boosters sold “Friday Night Lights” T-shirts to raise money.
On the field, the Lowry Buckaroos punched the Vikings’ lights out, 40-7.
The Buckaroos’ (3-0) Jace Billingsley rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. Fullback Jonathan Hernandez had 164 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Mitch Pollock, who didn’t attempt a pass in the second half, was 4 of 7 for 43 yards with a TD strike to Hernandez.
South Tahoe’s highlight was a 76-yard first-quarter touchdown run from Jacob Stowell (21 carries, 127 yards). Quarterback Tyler Nesbit was 10-21 for 114 yards with an interception.
The Vikings (1-2) suited up just 18 players, two exiting the game with injuries on the same play. Lucas Espinoza re-injured his knee, and Stowell took a blow to the face after his helmet came off. Alvin Tautolo hurt his knee but played the entire game.