Short week serves up unbeaten Huskies
There may not be an ideal time to play Reno, but this certainly isn’t the best of weeks to meet Huskies as far as South Tahoe High is concerned.
The Vikings only had three days’ preparation for the Huskies going into tonight’s Sierra Division game in Reno. Reno has won all three of its games, while the Vikings are 0-3.
Both teams opened Sierra Division play last week, with the Huskies mauling the Wooster Colts 44-6, while the Vikings surrendered an early 6-0 lead for the second straight week and lost 35-6.
South Tahoe has been competitive in the first half of each game, but a struggling offense hasn’t been able to keep the defense off the field often enough. The Vikings seemed to find their offense in a 35-19 defeat to Fallon on Sept. 9, but Damonte Ranch held STHS to 124 total yards last Saturday.
“This school is absolutely starving for a win, and I really felt comfortable in our preparation for (last Saturday’s) game,” said STHS coach Mike Gorman.
But the Mustangs blew open a tight game by controlling the ball and clock at South Tahoe.
Many South Tahoe players only need to review last year’s game film of the Reno game for motivation. The Huskies blew out the Vikings 56-7 in South Lake Tahoe.
For one of the few times this season the Vikings may need to be more concerned with the pass than the run. Huskies’ quarterback Jon Dankworth and Peter Roepke have become a deadly scoring combination. The two combined for 36- and 13-yard touchdown plays in a 34-7 triumph over Fallon. The Huskies also own a 20-14 win over Spanish Springs.
The Vikings better deliver Gorman’s first head coaching win soon. Like most football coaches, he prefers to win.
“I’m not used to losing. I’ll be honest, losing sucks. It ruins my whole week,” Gorman said.
The varsity game follows the JV game, which is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. The freshman contest has been moved to Friday at 3 p.m. in Reno.
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