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Sellers impressed with Vikings

Without any officials for Saturday’s football scrimmage at South Tahoe High, Bishop Manogue coach Joe Sellers had a natural substitute at his side to make the impartial calls: former Viking coach Tim Jaureguito.

Sellers, a 26-year head coach, including the past three at Manogue, brought his defending 3A state champion Miners to STHS for a preseason scrimmage.

“We thought we could go get one of (former Viking coach Doug) GeBott’s old jerseys and put it on Tim and have him call the game,” Sellers said of Jaureguito, who coached the Vikings during two separate stints from 1989 to 2000. ” I imagine he probably had some thoughts there, I’m sure. It isn’t like you jump to one side of fence from the other and not have some ties there.”

The scrimmage was delayed while the teams waited for the officials to arrive, but they never showed.

“The coaches had their whistles and called the game,” Sellers said.

Sellers came away from the scrimmage impressed with the Vikings’ defense, junior quarterback Mikey Van Gorden and both teams’ care of the football.

“They do some good things and they sure don’t look like an 0-9 team,” Sellers said. “I think they are very well-coached on both sides of the ball. But like everybody else, they have a ways to go.”

The Vikings made it difficult for the Miners to run the ball effectively, Sellers said. “They shut down our running game pretty good.”

Playing two quarterbacks, the Vikings struggled to get their passing game in sync.

“They are throwing a lot and the timing gets tough,” Sellers said.

Van Gorden, however, showed some of the promise head coach Todd McIntyre is expecting from his junior signal caller.

“He’s a quarterback who can go get you a first down and take it downfield. That will cause some defenses some problems,” Sellers said. “He did a pretty good job getting outside against us.”

The Miners didn’t break off any long touchdown runs, scoring several times with their goal-line offense.

“It was a typical Joe Sellers team. We kept thinking we were playing the old Wooster team,” McIntyre said. “But we had more success on defense than we’ve had against Joe Sellers’ teams.

“I’m not down on them at all. I thought they played real hard and we’ll get better.”

Jaureguito, the dean of students at Bishop Manogue, volunteers as much time to Sellers’ program as his busy schedule allows.

“He’d like to be there every day and we’d love to have him every day, but he has a pretty full plate,” Sellers said. “We get as much out of him as we can and we’re just thrilled having him there.”

Jaureguito, whose Vikings defeated Sellers’ Wooster Colts 19-17 in the 1991 regional championship game, assists Sellers on game days.

“It’s been a good exchange,” Sellers said. “He’s been a great addition to our staff.”

The Vikings will scrimmage Truckee and Lassen at 11 a.m. Friday in Truckee, while Sellers’ Miners open their season against Washington of San Francisco on Friday in Reno.

“By game day we’ll have nine days of practice. That’s the fastest I’ve ever had to coach,” Sellers said.

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