Colts are vulnerable for a change |

Colts are vulnerable for a change

Steve Yingling

When was the last time South Tahoe and Wooster entered their matchup with a combined 2-12 record and tied for last place?

Try never.

These are lean times for two of the most respected high school football programs in Northern Nevada. Together they have won 10 state football titles.

But both are struggling to piece together what Joe Sellers did at Wooster and Tim Jaureguito accomplished at South Tahoe. Sellers, who coached the Colts to seven Nevada state championships, has moved on to Bishop Manogue, while Jaureguito resigned for a second time after last year’s playoff run at STHS.

South Tahoe, 0-7, travels to Wooster, 2-5, for a 1:30 p.m. Sierra Division game on Saturday in Reno. The loser will likely wind up in last place in division play.

Despite several key players quitting the program and consecutive onesided losses at Fallon and Douglas, new Viking coach Eric Beavers sees no reason why his squad can’t break into the win column Saturday.

“Wooster is certainly a team we should be able to play with,” Beavers said.

History says otherwise.

The Colts lead the all-time series 22-2. The Vikings’ lone regular-season victory over the Colts came in 1963, two years after South Tahoe won the second of its back-to-back Nevada Class A titles.

The Vikings’ only other triumph over Wooster was one alums will talk about with their grandchildren. South Tahoe marched the length of the field in the closing minutes to edge the Colts 19-17 in the 1991 zone championship game.

It looked as if the Vikings would end their 10-year drought against Wooster last season, but he Colts scored the go-ahead touchdown with 54 seconds remaining. South Tahoe had a chance to pull out the homecoming win in the final minute, but Jose Lopez’s interception at the Wooster 26 prevented the Vikings from kicking a potential game-winning field goal in the 21-20 defeat.

Junior quarterback Brandon Tinlin has continued his progress in recent games, throwing for one touchdown and running for another in a 46-14 defeat to Douglas on Oct. 12. Another solid game from Tinlin, coupled with a defensive effort that prevents Wooster from making big plays, and the Vikings may be able to avert its first winless season since the late 1980s when Jaureguito took over the program.

The schools have elected not to play a JV game Saturday. As a result, the freshman game will precede the varsity game at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

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