Vikings get run over by Fallon
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Vikings played one heck of a half of football against Churchill County High School, but Fallon played two halves and rocked the Vikings 53-17 on Friday at Viking Stadium.
“We battled for a full half and then the first two series (of the second half) we battled and when they had success, different people just stopped playing,” said head coach Kevin Hennessee. “When you’re playing good teams, and everybody is good in this league, you can’t put your hands down and catch your breath. And we caught our breath three or four times in the fourth quarter and that’s when it got away from us.”
The Vikings started strong, taking the opening drive 70 yards and capping it off with a Jacob Stowell 5-yard touchdown. The Greenwave responded with a touchdown of their own with a short pass from quarterback Dylan Tedford to Alonzo Williams, who made the first guy miss and stumbled 33 yards for the touchdown. Missed tackles would be an obvious weakness for the Vikings.
On Tahoe’s second drive of the game, it was more Stowell. The senior standout broke away for a 68-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings up 14-7, but the lead wouldn’t last long. On Fallon’s second drive of the game, the Vikings were penetrating the line, but had a tough time wrapping up the Greenwave’s star running back Shawntrell Hubbard. Fallon opened the second quarter with a 25-yard pass from Dirickson to Franky deBraga that would lead to a 4-yard touchdown run from Hubbard.
South Tahoe would punt on their next possession, and a solid return by Fallon put them on their 44-yard line. The first play of the drive was a 38-yard run by Hubbard and would lead to a 19-yard touchdown by deBraga to make it 21-14. The Vikings would get on the board one final time, with an impressive drive as time wound down in the half. Starting on their own 22-yard line, the Vikings marched to the 15-yard-line, converting a fourth-and-five along the way, and kicked a 32-yard field go as time expired in the half.
Things started good for the Vikings in the third quarter. The Greenwave fumbled on their first play from scrimmage to start the half, but Tahoe couldn’t get things going on offense again. Their defense held till under two minutes in the third, but on a crucial third-and-five on the Vikings 17-yard line, Tahoe jumped offside and gave Fallon a first down. That would lead to an 11-yard run by deBraga making it 27-17 and the start of many more touchdowns by Fallon.
Hubbard would have a 50-yard touchdown run and 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. deBraga would add a 55-yard punt return and Fallon’s Tyson Ernst would also score a touchdown. Fallon missed three extra points on the night.
Stowell was pulled late in the third quarter at running back and didn’t see any action except on defense and on special teams. Hennessee said the senior wasn’t running hard anymore so he took him out. Quarterback Tyler Nesbitt took over at running back, with junior John Cefalu stepping in at quarterback.
“We didn’t finish. We just didn’t finish,” Hennessee. “It’s a long season, and if we take this as a lesson and learn, things will get better.”
South Tahoe athletic director Don Borges estimated that about 1000 fans showed up for the first night game of the season. The school recently renovated the stadium, adding lights that will allow Tahoe to play Friday nights instead of Saturday afternoons.
“For us that is huge. On a Saturday we’d get 300 (people),” Borges said. “All in all we’re happy.”
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