Vikings start fast in scrimmage with Truckee |

Vikings start fast in scrimmage with Truckee

Steve Yingling

For 20 plays of a football scrimmage at Truckee on Saturday, South Tahoe High coach Todd McIntyre watched his Vikings make the plays of a winner.

But the Vikings didn’t sustain their early effort and going into their opener against Galena on Saturday, McIntyre realized the team’s early season success may hinge on conditioning.

“To condition like we did during the early ’90s it takes actual game conditioning to get used to going both ways,” he said. “We have the athletes who can go score and athletes who make tackles, but we have to be a lot more physical to compete in the 4A.”

Like the Viking squads of the early to mid 1990s, South Tahoe goes into the season with a skeleton crew of 26 players, a thin roster that will force McIntyre and co-head coach Eric Beavers to use many two-way starters.

Against perennial 3A powerhouse Truckee, the Vikings scored touchdowns on four out of their first 10 plays in a format that saw the offense start on the opposition’s 40. The defense was equally as dominant, not allowing the Wolverines to reach the end zone in their first 10 plays.

But South Tahoe only scored twice during their second 10-play set and began making more mistakes.

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“Truckee picked it up and played really good defense against us,” McIntyre said. “I think we were little tired and guys weren’t playing as hard.”

McIntyre was particularly impressed with the punting of senior Matt Bobman.

Now the Vikings can focus on getting ready for their Hall of Fame date with Galena at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We have a lot to work on,” McIntyre said. “To play in the league we have to play in, we have to improve tremendously. Some of the guys we thought would do well did pretty well and some of the other guys have to come along.

“It was their first time going against someone other than themselves, so it tkes time to get used to game tempo.”