STHS frosh-soph upsets Hug
A week after putting together its best performance of the year, the South Tahoe High freshman/sophomore football team displayed another level of improvement by earning its first win of the season team last Saturday against Hug.
The Hawks, who came into Viking Bowl with a 7-1 record, left with a 7-2 mark after South Tahoe exploded offensively in a 33-21 win. Dion Murphy scored three touchdowns – including one on a 50-yard punt return – and Noble Lau added two more touchdowns.
“If you saw this game, you got your money’s worth,” said STHS Mike Crowley, whose team lost to 28-21 to North Valleys in its previous game. “This was our last game of the season and these kids have improved. They showed what they could do as a team. It was a great, great way to end our season.”
The Vikings went ahead 13-0 in the first quarter following quarterback Willy Ervin’s TD pass to Lau and then a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Lau. Although Hug countered with a touchdown of its own, Murphy provided a key defensive play by recovering a fumble at the Hug 10, then rushing for a 10-yard touchdown on the ensuing offensive play.
Murphy added a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Vikings in front 27-14. Murphy’s third TD run of the game came on a punt return in the third quarter and South Tahoe never looked back from there.
Ervin completed 50 percent of his passes and finished with 72 yards through the air to go along with his one touchdown. Lau added five receptions for 55 yards, while Mike Burns led the defense with 10 tackles.
South Tahoe finished the season 1-6.