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Homecoming is only part of Vikings’ agenda against Fallon

Steve Yingling

Suddenly, those final two division gimmes have become maybes for the South Tahoe High football team.

After Wooster ruined the Vikings’ division title hopes last Saturday in Reno, South Tahoe must now win out to secure a postseason playoff berth and possibly a first-round home game.

To attain any of those feel-good possibilities, the Vikings must first dispatch Division II cellar occupant Fallon, 1-5 overall, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in South Lake Tahoe.

Mix in the fact that it’s homecoming, and the Vikings, 4-2 overall and 2-2 in Division II, should have no trouble firing up for the Greenwave.

“Our focus is Fallon,” said Viking coach Tim Jaureguito. “We haven’t talked about anything but Fallon. As I told the guys (Wednesday night), it’s a one-game season. You win this one and then we can move on to the next.”

Fallon presents more problems than most one-win teams should – especially for the Viking defense. The Greenwave torched first-place Wooster for 24 first-half points before losing 45-24. Last week, Fallon led Carson 17-16 four minutes into the fourth quarter before wilting, 31-17.

“We haven’t been able to close out games,” said Fallon coach Tommy Thomson. “We can score, but we can’t stop anybody. We’re going to have to play well to hang with them.”

Fallon’s passing game has thrived behind quarterbacks Kenny Redner and James Scholl. Redner has thrown for eight touchdowns, and Scholl three. Aaron LeSue has been their primary target, catching eight TDs.

Jaureguito wasn’t pleased with the run blocking and execution on offense last week in a 34-21 defeat at Wooster. The 13th-year Viking coach, however, applauded his young offensive line’s protection of quarterback Tim Sprinkles in the pocket. To resurrect his once-potent offensive attack, the Viking coach plans on making some changes this week.

“As far as I’m concerned there are no starters at this point in time. Everyone has to earn a starting position,” he said. “We’re going to run with more people than running back Jake (Hurwitz).”

Hurwitz leads the Northern Nevada League in rushing with 853 yards and has been the Vikings’ offensive workhorse as the team has worked through Sprinkles’ knee injury.

“As long as Sprinkles is in there I think they are the best offensive team in our division,” Thomson said.

The defense, which held the Colts in check for three quarters, including only 85 first-half yards, will receive a boost with the return of senior defensive end Ian Price. Jaureguito said Price, who partially tore a knee ligament against Reno on Sept. 24, will see part-time duty. Also, kicker Carlos Romero (ankle), who handled only half of his duties by punting last Saturday, will resume his placekicking assignment this week.

The Vikings’ dates for the homecoming dance haven’t seen too many smiles in recent years

“It would be nice to win a homecoming game, especially the seniors,” Jaureguito said. “This is a special group of young men, and this is it for them.”

The homecoming tripleheader kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the freshman game.

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