South Tahoe football can’t slow Fallon after halftime, falls 28-6 |

South Tahoe football can’t slow Fallon after halftime, falls 28-6

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe receiver Zach Shearer runs the ball through a pair of Fallon defenders in the Vikings’ 28-6 loss to the Greenwave on Friday, Sept. 18.
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FALLON, Nev. — For two quarters, the South Tahoe football team kept pace with defending Div. I-A Northern League champion Fallon on Friday, Sept. 18. But the Greenwave got rolling after halftime to hand the Vikings a 28-6 defeat, their fourth straight to start the season.

Defense dominated the first two quarters, and South Tahoe (0-4, 0-3 I-A Northern) trailed 6-0 at halftime after an even first half. Fallon (3-1, 3-0) scored the only touchdown of the opening half with 3:22 left in the second quarter, when Cade Vercellotti found the end zone on a 4-yard run.

The Greenwave received the kickoff to start the third quarter, and it made a big special teams play to set the tone for the rest of the game. An 82-yard kick return from Connor Nelson and two-point conversion put Fallon ahead 14-0, and it was the first of three second-half touchdowns for the hosts.

Following an interception later in the frame from cornerback Dylan Gooding, South Tahoe took the ball deep into Fallon territory but was unable to get a score. Vikings running back Darren Jackson fumbled near the goal line — one of the team’s four turnovers on the night.

Fallon added another score in the third quarter, and took a 28-0 lead with a 3-yard run from Vercelloti midway through fourth quarter. South Tahoe avoided the shutout with a late touchdown, a Mason Cain 12-yard pass to Robert Cage with 1:50 left in the game.

Tommy Cefalu completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 142 yards with two interceptions and a fumble in the loss. Cain came in for the South Tahoe’s last drive of the game, and went 5-for-7 for 31 yards and a score; he played middle linebacker defensively and finished with a couple sacks.

The Vikings had a season-low 234 yards of offense in the loss, including 92 on the ground. Quinn Ritter ran for a team-high 30 yards on 10 carries.

For Fallon, quarterback Connor Richardson finished 14-of-20 passing with 112 yards and an interception to go along with 55 yards rushing and a score. Vercellotti ran for a game-high 118 yards and two touchdowns.

South Tahoe returns to action at home Friday, Sept. 25, against Lowry (0-3, 0-3). Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.