Fallon ends 22-game winless streak against Vikes
Fallon ended its three-season, 22-game losing streak with authority Friday, thumping South Tahoe 53-0 in a Northern 4A nonleague game in Fallon.
Fallon’s blowout of South Tahoe ended a losing streak that dated to a win over then-3A member Battle Mountain in the 1999 season opener, and brought the Greenwave (1-5) its first win over a current 4A team since 1997.
Fallon took it to South Tahoe (0-6) immediately, scoring on a 51-yard run off the option by quarterback Chris Warner, capping a 63-yard, four-play drive.
“They started out pretty quick on us and we couldn’t close the floodgates,” said STHS coach Eric Beavers. “We played poorly and they got some momentum.
“It’s not indicative of how we can play, but it’s certainly how we did play.”
On Fallon’s next possession, again from the South Tahoe 49, Warner found Eric Evett on a short slant at the Viking 40, and Evett outran the defense the rest of the way for the score and a 12-0 lead.
The Greenwave extended its lead to 26-0 at the half as Anthony Rodriguez scored on a 4-yard run, and punter Tommy Ames’ 45-yard run on a faked punt set up Jesse Hejny’s 3-yard TD run.
Fallon had more than 300 yards on offense in the first half. Hejny rushed for 129 yards in the game, and Warner had touchdown runs of 51 and 49 yards while throwing for two more scores.
Meanwhile, the Fallon defense wreaked havoc with South Tahoe’s offense. Led by noseguard Zach Chitwood and tackles Jeff Prinz and Tony Billett, the Greenwave pressured Viking QB Brandon Tinlin all night long, sacking him several times for big losses.
“That was really nice,” second-year Fallon coach Geff Habel said after being presented with his first victory, and a postgame water-bucket soaking. “The kids played really hard. We knew we had a chance coming into this game. I wasn’t too worried about their running, but we knew we had to stop their passing and the kids did a great job.
“Believe it or not, it’s the same stuff that we have been running all year. It just seems that once we got on a roll, everything clicked. It just went real well for us. I am so happy for the kids. They needed this. It was just awesome.”
Beavers thought Tinlin played courageously, considering he was on his back on many plays.
“He didn’t complain, and he continued to try and make things happen,” Beavers said.
The Vikings (0-6, 0-2 division) seek their first victory Friday night at Douglas.
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