Viikings to meet suddenly hot Carson in division opener
Based on last week’s high school football results, South Tahoe High’s Sierra Division opener has become a lot tougher.
The Vikings play their division opener tonight at Carson, which dismantled top-ranked Reed 54-27 on the road last Friday.
Carson (2-1) has long been a nonfactor in Northern Nevada League football, but that appears to be changing. The Senators moved up to No. 2 in the latest Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll and are a 38-34 defeat to defending state champion McQueen away from being unbeaten after three games. The Senators opened with a 24-7 triumph over Spanish Springs.
“An exclamation point; a signature win,” Carson coach Blair Roman said after last week’s upset. “It’s been a long time since Carson High beat a No.1-ranked team.”
South Tahoe (0-2) showed improvement in a 27-6 defeat to Hug on Sept. 5 and is coming off a bye week. The extra week of practice allowed new coach Kevin Hennessee to bring his team up to speed on the new schemes he began to implement after taking over the program Aug. 13. “For us it couldn’t happen at a better time, because it’s going to give us a chance to regroup and fix things up that we haven’t had a chance to,” Hennessee said after the Hug defeat.
Two similar quarterbacks will be leading their teams tonight. South Tahoe’s Thomas Eidam and Carson’s Blake Plattsmier are each dual threats to the defenses with their abilities to run and pass the football.
South Tahoe’s offense has been led by Eidam, a senior who has thrown for 312 yards. Eidam has also had a hand in both of the Vikings’ touchdowns, passing 42 yards to Matt Olivares-Laine for one score and running three yards for the other.
The Vikings moved the ball especially well in the first half against Hug behind a short passing game. Junior receiver Rigel Garman caught a career-high eight passes against the Hawks. Nine turnovers in two games, however, has kept STHS out of the win column.
Plattsmier kept Reed off-balance by rushing 12 times for 139 yards and a touchdown and passing for 158 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s definitely multidimensional,” Roman said. “He can throw and hurt you with his feet. I’d planned to open it up more tonight. He showed the ability to throw the ball well tonight.”
Carson rallied from a 22-8 third-quarter deficit to win last year’s game, 39-22.
KTHO Radio (590 AM) will broadcast the game live. The opening kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
WHS tunes up for league play
Whittell (1-1) will continue nonleague play tonight at 7 with a road game at Quincy. The Warriors used three touchdown runs by senior running back Cody Nelson and a stingy defense to throttle Dayton’s JVs 42-6 Sept. 10.
The Warriors will open Northern 2A League play Sept. 25 at Rite of Passage.
– Nevada Appeal sportswriter Darrell Moody contributed to this story.
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