Carson apologizes to STHS football team
Tension between the South Tahoe and Carson high school varsity football teams slackened on Thursday when Senators coach Bob Bateman offered an apology to Viking coach Tim Jaureguito.
The Northern Nevada League 4A football rivalry became a cauldron of controversy on Saturday when Jaureguito questioned the Senators’ sportsmanship after the league’s leading rusher Bryan Bough was injured early in Carson’s 17-7 victory. Numerous South Tahoe supporters complained that Carson’s sideline erupted when a Viking team physician was called upon to treat Bough for a slightly torn AC joint in Bough’s right shoulder.
“He called this morning and informed me that he and the Carson captains had sent by mail a letter of apology for whatever happened,” Jaureguito said.
The episode is over as far as Jaureguito is concerned.
“Once again, we have to realize we’re dealing with kids and kids make mistakes … as long as the coaches can keep it in perspective,” the 10th-year Viking coach said.
Bateman preferred to downplay the episode when queried about the incident by a Nevada Appeal sportswriter on Tuesday.
“I have nothing to say about that,” Bateman said. “We looked at the game film, it was a good, clean hit. It was just football.
“We sent a letter up to them, and the way I see it, let the past be over and let’s move on.”
Carson Athletic Director Tom Andreasen confirmed that the letter was mailed to Bough and the Vikings.
“The football team and coach wrote a letter expressing their concern that (Bough) was hurt,” Andreasen said. “You know, they considered South Tahoe a premier offensive team and considered him to be a premier running back. They had no intention of deliberately putting him out of the game.”
The 5-foot 10-inch, 185-pound Bough isn’t expected to play against Hug on Friday night and is doubtful for Sparks the following week.
“He’s still real sore, but (the shoulder) seems to be loosening up more and more every day,” Jaureguito said. “There’s the possibility of him playing against Douglas down the road.”
Bough, who has 12 touchdowns through five games, has resumed workouts – participating in noncontact conditioning drills.
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