Vikings prepare for hard-hitting homecoming foe
Dayton High planned for Jace Billingsley and the Lowry star running back rushed for 315 yards and two touchdowns last Friday night in a 24-13 defeat to the Buckaroos.
South Tahoe is hoping that it can have similar results with its running game against the Dust Devils on Saturday for its annual homecoming game in Viking Bowl. Vikings’ junior tailback Jacob Stowell has rushed for more than 500 yards and scored seven touchdowns.
“I’m counting on the team’s play to rise, and we’re trying to get better every week,” said STHS coach Kevin Hennessee. “Whether it’s for a homecoming crowd or lights, we’re trying to make it happen.
“We realize we can compete. We need to finish in the fourth quarter, that is the thing.”
South Tahoe’s defensive backs are on alert this week as Dayton quarterback Kage Walker is one of the more prolific passers in the 3A ranks. Walker threw for 251 yards and two scores, including an 80-yarder to Logan Jones, against Lowry and has passed for 600 yards and eight touchdowns for the season.
“I’ve not seen the Truckee guy yet, but so far he’s the best one I’ve seen,” Hennessee said.
Kyle Onstott is Dayton’s leading rusher with 404 yards on 77 carries and one touchdown.
Besides Lowry, the Vikings and Dust Devils have another common opponent in Fallon. Dayton beat Fallon 14-7, while the Vikings were beaten by the Greenwave 56-34. The Dust Devils have also beaten Lovelock 36-32 and lost to Truckee 44-0.
The teams met last year, marking the Vikings’ coaching debut of Kevin Hennessee. Dayton took advantage of three STHS turnovers to win 20-7 in South Lake Tahoe.
Dayton’s defense has had success this season by using five linemen and three defensive backs.
“It gives (the) offense something else to think about and something else to prepare for,” Dayton coach Rick Walker told the Nevada Appeal before his team’s game with Lowry.
Going into Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. kickoff, Dayton is 2-2 overall, including 1-2 in league games, and STHS is 1-3 overall, including 0-2 in league matchups.
“We’re capable of a lot of great things. It’s a matter of what the kids want to do mentally and if they can fight through being tired and keep focusing,” Hennessee said.
Whittell vs. Yerington
The Whittell Warriors begin the third leg of a difficult four-football-game stretch Friday night in Yerington.
Whittell will meet a Lions’ squad that has won three straight games after losing to Sparks 29-22 in their season opener. Since that loss, Yerington has posted convincing wins against ROP (27-8), West Wendover (35-6) and Incline (40-21).
Yerington brings a decided edge in roster size into the Northern 2A League game. The Warriors (0-3) suited up 16 players in a 41-7 setback to Lovelock last Friday, while Yerington has a roster of 51 players.
The Warriors scored their first touchdown of the season in the third quarter of their game with Lovelock. Quarterback Austin Buyak’s 1-yard keeper ended a six-quarter scoring drought.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Yerington.