Extra playoff game upsets Lancers
So much for going unbeaten and winning its division hands down. The McQueen Lancers (8-0) aren’t getting much of a bargain in the first round of the Northern Nevada 4A football playoffs today in Reno.
Their opposition is South Tahoe (6-3), which possesses one of the most explosive offenses in Nevada. Meanwhile, the other division champion, Wooster (7-2), has a first-round playoff date with Sparks (2-7).
“I have been against the extra playoffs since the very beginning,” said McQueen coach Ken Dalton. “You have 13 teams and you have eight teams make the playoffs. There will be (Sparks) that’s 2-7 in the playoffs that will end up 2-8 and that does nothing positive for your program. I don’t like it in any way, shape or form.”
Dalton, a frequent visitor to Las Vegas and the state championship during the 1990s, publicly says his club doesn’t mind opening the playoffs with South Tahoe, the one team in the playoffs the Lancers haven’t faced this season.
“We’re very excited to play South Tahoe because of that idea. They are a very good program and we want to be able to play against them,” Dalton said.
Viking tailback Bryan Bough, who has 1,091 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in a little more than six games, believes the Lancers are dreading the confrontation.
“What I’ve heard is that we’re the one team that coach Dalton is afraid of because we can put the points up and we can stop an offense,” said Bough, who lived within the McQueen school boundaries as a middle school student.
Viking coach Tim Jaureguito and Dalton have been less than amicable toward one another over the past decade, but it’s clear that they respect each other’s program.
“I think their coaching staff respects us, but the coaching staff knows that we are going to be preparing for them,” Jaureguito said. “But I would have to say that their players have absolutely no respect for us … that’s just the way they approach the game of football. I don’t think they go into any game and really respect the team they are playing, unless it’s Wooster, that’s the bottom line.”
Said Dalton about South Tahoe, “They are a senior-laden team who is exceptionally skilled and who are very well coached.”
McQueen should be confident. The Lancers haven’t lost to South Tahoe since 1991, when the Vikings made the state finals.
Consequently, the Vikings won’t need any more motivation to win. But there is more.
Some Vikings are still seething over the 54-0 drubbing McQueen gave them at home last October. Adding fuel to fire is the two late touchdown passes McQueen threw in that game.
“They really tried to make a statement by trying to put up that amount of a score on us and didn’t really appreciate us,” Bough said. “Everybody has been waiting for this day. We want these guys badly.”
As fired up as the Vikings are to play McQueen, a victory would propel them into a possible rematch with rival Carson. In week five, the Senators’ mammoth tackle Paul Glass (6-6, 270 pounds) injured Bough’s right shoulder with a legal tackle, but controversy ensued when Carson players taunted Bough while he lay on the ground and cheered when the Vikings sent for their team doctor.
But one battle at a time.
“They pose some problems, but we’re a pretty confident bunch, so we’ll just have to see,” Dalton said.
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