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Warriors look for better execution against Mustangs

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

As tough as Whittell High School’s season-opening opponent was last Friday, the task may be even more daunting in week two.

The Warriors welcome perennial 2A state title contender Lovelock to Zephyr Cove Friday night, and the Mustangs are smarting from a recent two-point defeat to Battle Mountain.

Whittell (0-2) kicked off its season later than most of the country last Friday, losing to Rite of Passage 38-0. The Warriors forfeited their season opener to Sierra Ridge on Aug. 27, protecting their small roster until school opened and more players came out for the squad.

In their opener the Warriors struggled to move the ball consistently, and the Rams used a short list of running plays to light up the scoreboard. ROP tailback Devontay Williams rushed for 307 yards on 20 carries.

“Our kids just didn’t tackle, and they didn’t block,” said Whittell coach Jeff Jones, who was making his debut on the Warriors’ sideline.

Whittell can expect Lovelock (1-2) to mount a ground attack. In their two defeats, the Mustangs rushed 88 times and made just 14 pass attempts.

Marcus Tippens and Jared Jensen are the Mustangs’ primary ball carriers, and quarterback Seth Montes directs the offense. Tippens rushed for 114 yards in a 36-32 setback to Dayton, and Jensen led the Mustangs with 70 yards against Battle Mountain.

The Warriors’ highlights against ROP came on defense as Hughston Norton returned a first-half interception to the 1-yard line, and Hunter Morgan caused a second-half fumble that Kenny Boulet recovered.

“We had our moments,” Jones said.

Jones will likely downsize the Warriors’ playbook against the Mustangs to produce better execution.

“We were going to try and do some different formations (against ROP), but we had guys lining up in the wrong places,” Jones said. “We were trying to run some of our base offense, and we had guys lining up in the wrong places … granted, we have some guys on the line who have never really played there before. I kind of realized to keep it pretty simple.”

Besides the loss to Dayton, the Mustangs have beaten Silver Stage 33-0 and dropped a 14-12 decision to Battle Mountain.

Tonight’s kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Can Colts, Vikings live up to epic game in ’09

If Saturday’s South Tahoe-Wooster football game is half as exciting as last year’s overtime thriller, then fans won’t want to miss it.

STHS running back Jacob Stowell scored the decisive touchdown in overtime as the Vikings escaped with a 35-34 victory over the Colts.

Stowell, a junior, and senior receiver Andrew Contaxis have been instrumental parts in the Vikings’ offense three games into the season. Stowell hasn’t toted the pigskin fewer than 21 times in any of the Vikings’ three games. He has 403 yards on 82 carries and five touchdowns. Contaxis has three scoring receptions, including two in a 56-34 defeat against Fallon.

The Vikings (1-2 overall) will most likely see a good dose of running from the Colts (0-3) after Lowry’s Jace Billingsley and Jonathan Hernandez for 465 rushing yards in a 40-7 victory last Friday in an unprecented game under the lights in Viking Bowl.

The teams have one common opponent – Lowry. The Buckaroos defeated Wooster 47-21, and the Colts have also lost to Springville, Utah, 40-0 and Spring Creek 31-14 heading into Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. kickoff in Reno.

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