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Football: ST looking eyes back-to-back wins at home; Incline hosts game wth playoff implications; Whittell forced to cancel

Incline gets ready to play two weeks ago at West Wendover.
Provided / Rob Green

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe football earned a homecoming victory last week and will look to make it two straight Friday when it hosts Big Valley Christian.

The Vikings originally were scheduled to face Dayton before the school dropped its program at the start of the season.

South Tahoe found another game against a private school from Modesto, Calif. The Lions (4-3) have a small enrollment but a solid football program.

It will be the Vikings’ (3-5, 2-5 3A Northern League) final home game of the season. Kickoff is at approximately 7:15 p.m.

The Vikings broke their four-game losing streak last Friday with a 35-28 victory over North Valleys.

Sophomore running back James Adams scored four touchdowns, quarterback Jake Tarwater threw for over 300 yards and Giovani Medina Morales made a dozen receptions to lead the Vikings.

Adams rushed 20 times for 140 yards and three TDs and also hauled in four receptions for 56 yards and another score.

Adams is well over 1,000 rushing yards for the season with 1,165 on 166 carries. He averages 145 yards per game and has hit paydirt seven times on the ground.

Tarwater completed 23 of 34 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns.

Medina Morales caught 12 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown and freshman Joel Gomez caught five passes for 59 yards.

Tarwater has thrown for 1,996 yards while completing 60% (133-219) of his passes for 19 TDs.

Highlanders pushing for playoffs, host White Pine Friday

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Highlanders have had a week off to prepare for Friday night’s opponent, White Pine.

The Highlanders are squarely in the playoff race, tied for fourth place in the 2A Northern League.

Their final three games are against teams who are also hoping to qualify for postseason.

Incline rolled past West Wendover 28-0 a couple of weeks ago, recording its second shutout of the season.

Dylan Cleary threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Brad Rye rushed for 105 yards and another score while also hauling in a Cleary TD pass in the dominating win.

Kai Martinez led the receivers with four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Zach Fragoso also made two interceptions and Brody Thralls recovered a fumble for the Highlanders defense.

Incline (4-2, 3-2 Northern) has three games remaining, two at home, and could use at least two wins. Three straight wins, and maybe even two out of three, could likely push the Highlanders higher than a No. 4 seed.

The Highlanders play Coral Academy (3-2 Northern) and Battle Mountain (5-0) to finish the season.

Kickoff on Friday is at 7:30 p.m. in Incline Village.

Standings: Yerington 5-0, Battle Mountain 5-0, Pershing County 4-1, Incline 3-2, Coral Academy 3-2, White Pine 3-3, Silver Stage 1-5, West Wendover 0-5, North Tahoe 0-6.

Warriors forced to cancel Friday’s game vs. Pyramid Lake

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — The Whittell Warriors have had a difficult season.

They started with low numbers and have been doing everything they can just to field a team over the first six games of the season.

Finally, last Saturday against their rivals Virginia City, the Warriors had to forfeit at halftime due to low numbers and injuries

And this Friday, Whittell athletic director Phil Bryant said the team must cancel their game against Pyramid Lake as well.

“Due to low numbers and injuries and for the safety of our players, we have to cancel the home game Friday night,” Bryant said. “We’re hoping we can get healthy in a couple of weeks and play our final game of the season at Sierra Lutheran.”

That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Warriors are 0-6 and 0-1 in the 8-man 1A West League.