Skilled, big Vikings concern Raiders |

Skilled, big Vikings concern Raiders

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Word is out that the South Tahoe High football team isn’t the pushover that it has been in the previous two seasons.

Reed’s third-year coach Ernie Howren scouted the Vikings last Saturday in their opener against Bishop and came away thoroughly impressed with the school that hasn’t won since the 2000 season.

“They have great speed at the skill positions; their quarterback, what an arm he has, and he makes some very good reads; and their offensive and defensive lines are big,” said Howren, whose Raiders play host to the Vikings tonight at 7:30 in Sparks.

“I can tell you one thing, after watching the film our kids can see it’s a good football team. This is not somebody to take lightly.”

Douglas was effective on the ground and through the air in a 41-16 victory over Reed last week. The Tigers passed for 152 yards, while rushing for more than 200 yards. STHS put up similar numbers in a 42-38 setback to Bishop as Grant Swinney rushed for 154 of the team’s 184 yards and junior quarterback Mikey Van Gorden passed for 140 yards and two scores.

What STHS must improve is their defensive consistency. After a fast start against Bishop, the Vikings allowed 545 total yards. Five of the Broncos’ six touchdown plays were 32 yards or longer.

“Although it’s their first year playing together, as a group I thought they played well together. We need to improve and I think we can fix some of the problems,” STHS coach Todd McIntyre said.

Missed containment assignments on pitches and sweeps around end led to many of Bishop’s big plays.

While quarterback Zack May struggled by throwing 13 incomplete passes in 17 attempts, running back Ryan Lammle kept the Raiders close to Douglas for a half with a 95-yard kickoff return and a 4-yard run for touchdowns.

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