Vikings face another tough opponent Friday
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif – South Tahoe’s schedule does not get any easier this week, as the Vikings head to Lowry High School to take on a team expected to make a run for the State title this year.
The Vikings (1-1) are coming off a tough loss to Churchill County High School (1-0), in which they had a lot of momentum behind them after beating Portola High School the week before and played on their newly renovated stadium for the first time. This week Tahoe travels to Winnemucca to face another good running back and high-scoring team in Lowry (2-0).
“Lowry, they’re good,” said South Tahoe head coach Kevin Hennessee. “They just do a really good job.”
Last Friday night the Vikings were able to keep pace with Churchill County for nearly three quarters, before the Fallon team pulled out several big plays and deflated Tahoe. The Greenwave ran for 454 yards against a Vikings defense who had a hard time making tackles on initial contact. Several times it looked liked Churchill County runners would be stopped for a loss, only to break away from would-be tacklers and run for big gains. But the score of last week’s 53-17 loss might not reflect the Vikings effort, as four of Churchill’s touchdowns were runs of 50-yards or more coming late in the game.
“When you look at the film, it’s not as bad as the score said,” Hennessee said. “Looking at it, there are some things we can fix and get better.”
Lowry is led by first-team, all-state running back Jace Billingsley, who accounted for more than half of the Buckaroos 4,000 yards of rushing last season as a junior. He had 2,387 yards and 27 touchdowns last year, in which Lowry went 8-4 overall and reached the semifinals of the state playoffs. He is running behind a big offensive line, that features six players over 230 pounds.
“We’re going to have to corral this kid and do what we can,” said Hennessee.
To start the season, Lowry demolished Battle Mountain 70-6 on the road and last week they routed Wooster 48-7 on the road as well. Coach Hennessee said his team is looking to simply get better at finishing games. Senior quarterback Tyler Nesbitt saw time at running back last week, and Hennessee said they might move him around if that will help the team.
“We’re certainly capable of playing and getting kids in believing in what we’re doing,” he said. “We need to play 48 minutes and that’s my responsibility to get them better.”