Vikings go for second win in Fallon
FALLON – Football season is finally here for the Fallon Greenwave.
While most Nevada schools started the season last week, the Wave had a bye week. Now it’s nine consecutive weeks of football starting with a familiar foe – South Tahoe – at 7 p.m. tonight at the Edward Arcinigea Complex.
The Vikings roll into Fallon coming off a 20-9 season-opening victory over Portola, Calif. However, Fallon head coach Brooke Hill said his team has had two weeks of solid practice, and his athletes are ready to strap on the pads.
“There’s a lot of anticipation,” Hill said. “We need a game. The coaching staff has even been a little ornery and want to get after it.”
Hill and the Wave will have to stop Vikings running back Jacob Stowell, who rushed for 188 yards on 38 carries and scored two touchdowns. South Tahoe quarterback Tyler Nesbitt completed 6-of-10 attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Hill said the Vikings lack depth, suiting up about 20 players, though, South Tahoe lineman Brian Hogan suffered a broken collarbone on the opening kickoff. Fallon’s depth, though, is an advantage Hill hopes he can exploit.
“They’re a scrappy bunch,” Hill said of South Tahoe. “They fought the whole game.”
In addition to the anticipation of a new season, the Wave are ranked No. 2. Expectations are high for the team, and Hill is looking forward to filling those optimistic thoughts today.
The Wave will introduce their new pistol offense, and hope to light up the scoreboard. Last year, the offense averaged 13.5 points per, however, Fallon returns 23 seniors.
Leading the offense will be senior quarterback Colton Oney, who missed most of the season after breaking his leg. Oney, who will double at safety on defense, will hand the ball off to seniors Charlie Heck and Shawntrell Hubbard, who placed third at the 4A state track meet in the 100-meter dash.
Heck had 83 carries for 314 yards last season leading the returners, while Oney carried 33 times for 253 yards and one touchdown. Fallon will miss the hands of leading receiver Chad Squires, but Hill said Joe Floyd (5 receptions, 146 yards and one TD) is poised to have a breakout season.
“We just have to run our stuff,” said Hill. “They have a bunch of guys go both ways and we hope to take advantage of the numbers.”
Defensively, Hill changed the scheme from a 4-4 (four defensive lineman, four linebackers) to a 4-3. Last year in 4A, Fallon allowed 30.2 points per game and gave up more than 30 points in five games.
The switch gives Fallon an added athlete on the field and, what Hill is more concerned about, being able to match up with various formations from their opponents.
The extra defensive back will also help improve pass coverage, an area Hill said the Wave had trouble with last year as Fallon only had three interceptions. The secondary will feature Oney and Alonzo Williams at safety and Frank de Braga and Cody McFarlane at cornerback. Scott Hutchins and Mike Smith lead the linebacking corps with Buckmaster anchoring the defensive line at tackle.
“They are a good team, well-coached,” South Tahoe coach Kevin Hennessee said. “It’s going to be a hard game, no question. I don’t know if they look tougher than last year, but the look as good at what they do.”
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling contributed to this story.