Ervin gives STHS a chance
South Tahoe High quarterback Willie Ervin, filling in for regular starter Tony Stagnaro, threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-21 Sierra League loss to Carson on Friday night in Carson City.
Ervin, a junior, was 13 of 22 and connected with junior wide receiver Chris Klug twice for touchdowns against a short-handed Carson team that was missing a handful of starters.
However, the Vikings ended up missing an similar amount of players. Stagnaro didn’t play because of a disciplinary measure and STHS coach Chris Morgan saw four of his starters leave Friday’s game with various injuries.
“It’s just frustrating when you don’t have the numbers or experience these other teams have,” said Morgan, who saw 22 players suit up for the game but finish with 18. “It was a game we could’ve won. To our credit, our guys didn’t quit.
“That shows a lot about the our character, especially when guys are looking around asking, ‘Can I get a breather,’ but there is nobody to put in for them. They answered the call in that regard.”
Ervin threw a 5-yard TD pass to Mike Burns late in the first half that made it 14-14 at halftime. But the Senators (1-4 overall, 1-1 league) scored the first 14 points of the second half to go up 28-14.
Ervin’s second TD pass to Klug was a 38-yarder late in the fourth quarter that finished the scoring. Klug finished with five catches for 92 yards and also intercepted a pass on defense.
With the win, Carson snapped a five-game losing streak dating back to its first-round Northern 4A regional playoff loss last season against Reed. Senator quarterback Mitch Hammond rushed for 156 yards, ran for a TD and passed for a TD.
South Tahoe’s Gary Prescott and Brandon Mooney both suffered concussions. Morgan said Mooney isn’t expected to return this week, while Prescott is day-to-day.
“Willie really stepped up for us,” said Morgan, who also mentioned that Stagnaro will play in the Vikings’ next game. “He actually did more than you can ask for a back-up guy. When guys get their chance, they have to take advantage and obviously Willie did. He showed what he can do.”
South Tahoe (0-5, 0-2) hosts North Valleys next Saturday in its homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. at Viking Bowl.
– Jeremy Evans