South Tahoe JV football loses to Elko 23-14 |

South Tahoe JV football loses to Elko 23-14

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe JV linebacker Anthony Lashwood brings down Elko running back Samuel Metz in the Vikings’ 23-14 loss to the Indians on Friday night.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The South Tahoe junior varsity football team lost to Elko 23-14 on Friday night at Viking Stadium. The defeat ended a two-game winning streak for the Vikings and dropped their season record to 3-5 overall.

“We were willing to bang with Elko,” Vikings head coach Doug Russell said. “It was the hardest-hitting game we’ve been a part of.”

South Tahoe fell behind by two scores early and rallied to tie the game by halftime. The Vikings scored both their touchdowns in the first half — a 12-yard pass from quarterback Tommy Cefalu to receiver Zen Contestable and a strip and 70-yard fumble return by linebacker Dylan Gooding.

The game was still tied 14-14 after a scoreless third quarter, and Elko scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:48 to play. The Indians secured the win by sacking Cefalu in the end zone for a safety with 1:03 left.

“We came back against one of the best teams in the league, and then circumstances didn’t go our way — we battled the whole way through,” Russell said. We were all a little let down by the outcome and how their scores came about.”

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