Like old times, Vikings and Colts have a lot to lose |

Like old times, Vikings and Colts have a lot to lose

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Return to excellence is the theme for the South Tahoe and Wooster football teams entering their pivotal Sierra Division game Saturday in Reno.

Both programs lanquished the past two seasons — Wooster struggling with new schools, new boundary lines and no Joe Sellers and STHS coping with year-round commitment.

Perseverance and hard work have vaulted the two stories Northern Nevada League programs back into the playoff picture — albeit through one week of division play.

Wooster (2-1 overall, 1-0 division) rolled over North Valleys 41-7 last week David McNeil and Matt Brown scored a pair of touchdowns. McNeil was the focal point point of the offense, rushing 10 times for 100 yards.

“It’s going to be a battle every week,” said STHS coach Todd McIntyre, reflecting on the intense competition the Sierra Division offerts this season. “Hopefully we can keep playing well and staying healthy.”

However, the Colts were susceptible to the run, giving up 101 yards to the Panthers’ Dennis Kemp.

That doesn’t bode well for Wooster, considering Vikings’ senior tailback Grant Swinney has rushed for 584 yards and six touchdowns in three games.

“We have to play a really good game to compete with Wooster this year,” Swinney said. “Like us, they are rallying, too. We have to be ready for Wooster this week.”

The Vikings (2-1, 1-0 division) shocked Reno 21-20 last week with Swinney tying the game on a 3-yard run with 3 minutes remaining. Junior placekicker Matt Bobman converted the game-deciding extra point to give the Vikings their first division victory since 2000.

“We had the composure to put it in the end zone at the end, which really says something,” Swinney said.

Game time is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wooster beats STHS freshman team

South Tahoe High’s freshman football squad lost to Wooster 34-6 on Thursday in Reno.

Jake Porter ran the the ball well and played a solid game at middle linebacker, according to offensive assistant Russ Woods.

The Vikings’ only score came on a pass from Ryan Woods to Jesus Estrada.

STHS (1-3) has 22 first-year players on its 32-man roster.

“Every week we’re looking for improvement and I think we saw that today,” Woods said.

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