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Humphers lends Vikings a hand

Steve Yingling

The Wing-T was very good to South Tahoe High in 1991 when the Vikings advanced all the way to the Nevada state football championship.

Tim Jaureguito was the coach that year for the Vikings. Another coaching disciple of the Wing-T offense had just become the head man that same year in Grass Valley.

Dave Humphers won eight games his first year at Nevada Union, employing a Wing-T offense that had been handed down from Gerry Kundert, who introduced the deceptive offense to the Sacramento area when he coached at Mira Loma in the 1960s. Humphers has gone on to post a 145-33-2 record, including three section championships, in 15 seasons at Nevada Union.

Naturally, STHS second-year coach Nick Samaras couldn’t have been more pleased than to have someone with Humphers’ reputation show his team the ins and outs of the Wing-T. Humphers and his Nevada Union staff directed a clinic last Friday as South Tahoe concluded its first week of spring ball.

“It was great for them. They worked hard,” Samaras said. “That was the purpose of asking him to come up and help us out. They got to see how hard they work and what it takes to be successful.”

Humphers and his staff worked the clinic free of charge – well, sort of. Samaras had to feed them dinner afterward.

“I stressed with him that I was very happy he and his staff came up here and did this for me. The kids were very appreciative, too,” said Samaras, who became acquainted with Humphers at one of his summer camps. “It was good for our coaches, too. I know the Wing-T offense, but I don’t profess to be an expert at it. Most of our coaches didn’t know how it works and (coach Humphers) started to get them involved in teaching it.”

Humphers and his coaching staff helped the Vikings implement several new plays during the course of the four-hour clinic.

“Overall, he was very encouraged and very happy with our kids,” Samaras said. “He told them after the clinic was over: ‘Guys, if you work hard like this, you’ll be successful.’ And I’m sure he’s not just saying that.”

STHS hired Samaras late last spring, giving him little time to prepare for the 2005 season. The Vikings won only one game. But things are looking up a year later as the Vikings have spent a significant amount of time in the weight room and are planning to attend one of Humphers’ 18 summer camps July 21-23 in Sutter, Calif.

“The nucleus is there,” Samaras said. “It’s going to take time and repetition to get it together. We know what we have to do and it’s gonna take a lot of hard work. We’re very happy with the way things are going.”


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