STHS faces a tough foe to end season
October 28, 2011
Truckee sits 7-0 in league, while South Tahoe is 0-7.
The Wolverines are not only undefeated, but are on a 32 game winning streak. They claimed their fourth straight Northern 3A title in a win against Lowry last week, and are seeded number one going into the playoffs.
South Tahoe hasn’t won a league game since last season with a win over Sparks on Oct. 8, 2010. Last week they played a good football game at home, like they tend to do, but lost the game in the second half, like they tend to do.
When the Vikings head into Truckee on Saturday, they’ll be underdogs. In fact no one expects them to win – except for them.
“We’re in it to win it, we want to win,” Vikings coach Kevin Hennessee said. “We’re going in there with the idea to be successful and win.”
The Vikings are coming off a tough loss to Fernley last week, in which they were once again leading at the half. They were led by not only Jacob Stowell, who had 208 yards and three touchdowns by the mid point, but also by John Cefalu, who passed for 119 yards, with one TD pass to Tyler Nesbitt. Ryan Caro was targeted for 56 yards on the night as he joined the receiving corps after spending the year as just the kicker. More importantly, those 56 yards came mainly on third down.
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Plain and simple, South Tahoe looked good on offense. The defense was able to hold Fernley to a three-and-out in the first half, but otherwise had a tough time corralling Fernley’s standout quarterback Kenny Bradley, who hurt them through the air and with his legs. The Vaqueros came out in the second half and executed perfectly, where the Vikings stumbled a few times that cost them.
Last week Truckee met Lowry in the most hyped-up game of 3A football this season as both teams were undefeated going into the match. But the game didn’t carry the offensive punch that most were expecting, as the Wolverines were only up 7-6 at the half. In fact there wasn’t a score until the second quarter of the game. The second half saw several miscues on the Buckaroos, in which Truckee took advantage of, and put up 20 points on Lowry to win 27-12.
Patrick Shaffer passed for 137 yards on Lowry, and was intercepted once. Running back Jake Pettit rushed for 115 yards.
There are several things the Vikings need to do to win the game, according to Hennessee.
“We need to score points for sure, a lot of points, and just slow them down,” he said. “We need to limit our mistakes and capitalize on theirs.”
The Vikings have one last chance to get a league win this year, and it’ll be their toughest chance yet.