South Tahoe football travels Friday to Spring Creek |

South Tahoe football travels Friday to Spring Creek

South Tahoe's defense works on causing fumbles Tuesday at practice.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe is heading east Friday in search of its first victory of the season.

The Vikings will voyage north to Highway 80 and then veer east to Spring Creek in northeastern Nevada, about six hours and 400 miles away, to face the Spartans in a 3A Northern League clash. It will be a long trip there and especially long on the way back in the early morning hours.

South Tahoe suffered its third straight loss last week to open the season. The Vikings were defeated 29-6 by their hosts, the Sparks Railroaders, and this week they are stepping up in competition. Sparks lost to Lowry earlier this year, a team Spring Creek beat by two touchdowns last week for its first victory.

The Spartans will likely use a similar game plan as previous Vikings opponents, running the football.

The youthful Vikings have had difficulty this season slowing down physical ground attacks. Sparks gained well over 300 yards and averaged over 10 yards per attempt.

South Tahoe spent Tuesday’s practice chasing around an electric-powered tackling dummy that could cut sharply and looked like it could finish the 40-yard dash in about five to six seconds.

Head coach Louis Franklin used a hand-held controller and would try to juke or outrun his defenders with the dummy.

Spring Creek (1-1, 1-1 Northern) likes to run and averaged almost five yards on the 47 attempts last week.

South Tahoe (0-3, 0-2 Northern) is also battling injuries. Several players have been out the entire season. Some have missed parts of games and a few more got hurt early against the Railroaders. With a sophomore-heavy roster, the Vikings can’t afford to lose starters.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.