South Tahoe JV football beats Sparks 43-0 |

South Tahoe JV football beats Sparks 43-0

Tribune staff report
South Tahoe JV running back Dylan Gooding carries the ball behind the block of tight end Zen Contestable during the Vikings’ 43-0 win at Sparks on Friday night.
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SPARKS, Nev. — The South Tahoe junior varsity football team delivered a strong performance Friday night in a 43-0 victory over Sparks. The win improved the Vikings to 4-5 on the season, and was their third victory in the last four weeks.

“This was a total team effort with everyone on our squad contributing,” Vikings head coach Doug Russell said. “Our defense shut them down and I’m very proud of every player on the team — they’ve been working very hard in practice and it showed.”

South Tahoe’s defense set the tone early, stopping Sparks on its first drive and forcing a punt. On the Vikings’ first offensive play from scrimmage, quarterback Tyler Ritter threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to running back Dylan Gooding, putting the Vikings on the board and giving them a 7-0 lead.

After another strong stand by the Vikings defense, quarterback Tommy Cefalu continued the air attack. Cefalu tossed a 53-yard touchdown pass to wideout Noah Jackson that put South Tahoe ahead 14-0.

With a two-touchdown lead, South Tahoe then turned to its strong running game. After a 54-yard run by Gooding, running back Jacob Bernal scored from the 1-yard line — the Vikings led 20-0 after a missed extra point.

Cefalu returned to the air and tossed a strike in the middle of the field to tight end Zen Contestable, who scored the Vikings’ fourth touchdown of the night. At halftime, South Tahoe had a 27-0 lead.

South Tahoe’s defense continued to hold strong in the second half en route to its first shutout of the season. The Vikings only allowed the Railroaders past midfield twice in the entire game, and stopped Sparks’ offense both times it reached the red zone.

The Viking defensive front was led by Summit Moulton, Alberto Morales and Matt McKnight on the defensive line, while Max Sweitzer, Jake Miller, Contestable and Bernal held strong at linebacker and made several tackles apiece. Defensive back Anthony Ramos stripped the ball once and recovered the fumble, and Ritter and Jackson both had interceptions to stop Railroaders’ drives.

Early in the third quarter Gooding ran 30 yards for his second touchdown of the night, a run that made the score 34-0. The Vikings then gave the ball to running back Luis Quintero, who had 10 carries for 62 yards in the second half.

Sage Wright kicked four extra points and a 38-yard field goal for a total of seven points on the night. Late in the fourth quarter, Ritter sealed the win with a 2-yard bootleg run for a touchdown.

South Tahoe’s JV team concludes its regular season Friday night against rival Truckee in the annual Sierra Bowl. Kickoff at Viking Stadium is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

The South Tahoe Quarterback Club is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” in the upper parking lot overlooking the stadium Friday night, and all are welcome to attend and celebrate Halloween and cheer on the South Tahoe football teams in their last games of the season.

Vikings frosh fall to Railroaders in season finale

SPARKS, Nev. — For the second straight week, the South Tahoe freshman football team suffered a shutout defeat. The Vikings lost at Sparks 54-0 to end the season with a 1-5 record.

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