South Tahoe makes Sparks sweat but misses mark in final minutes |

South Tahoe makes Sparks sweat but misses mark in final minutes

Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily TribuneThe Vikings season opener at South Tahoe ended with a 34-27 win for Sparks. See more photos in the Tribune photo gallery.

A year after losing to the Sparks by 27 points, the South Tahoe High football team made the Railroaders sweat it out until the final second ticked off the scoreboard Saturday.

The Vikings drove to the Sparks 10 in the final 30 seconds but Sparks survived three final pass attempts by Willy Ervin to escape with a 34-27 season-opening football win in South Lake Tahoe.

Chris Klug leaped high to gather in a 34-yard pass from Ervin as the Vikings reached the Sparks 10 with 27 seconds remaining. But Ervin’s next two passes fell incomplete, and an out pass to Klug lost a yard and the clock elapsed as the Vikings lined up for a final shot at the end zone.

Klug, a senior, shredded the Railroaders’ secondary for six catches, 188 yards and two touchdowns. Junior tight end Garrett Tinlin chipped in five catches for 63 yards and a score.

Sparks’ Angel Guillen gave the STHS defense fits, rushing for 150 yards, including 121 after intermission, and one TD. He also caught four passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

STHS senior Noble Lau led the defense with two fumble recoveries.

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