Tahoe routs Fallon
Just beating Fallon Saturday wouldn’t be enough for the South Tahoe Vikings.
Only a convincing win would suffice, as they attempted to get back on the winning track after losing to Wooster last weekend.
It had been an up and down year for Tahoe leading up to Saturday’s homecoming game, and with the season on the line the question was could the Vikings put it all together in a must-win situation.
That question was answered Saturday, as Tahoe racked up 468 yards of offense and held Fallon to just 147 yards in a 53-0 blowout in South Lake Tahoe.
The victory gives the Viking a 3-2 4A League Division II record (5-2 overall), and sets up another must-win game against Carson Friday night if they hope to make the playoffs.
Vikings’ head coach Tim Jauregito said he had some concerns about his team entering the game against Fallon. Afterward, he, as well as his team, was very pleased with the effort.
“Our goal today was to make sure we came out and executed. We had a good week of practice, and today we executed very well offensively, defensively and on special teams. It’s the first time we performed well in all three facets all year,” Jauregito said.
All Fallon (1-6) coach Tommy Thomson could do was tip his hat to the Vikings.
“Tahoe is a real fine team, and I think they’ll represent the division well
in the playoffs. They’re playing good ball at the right time of the year. We got the air taken out of us early, and we just couldn’t recover,” Thompson said.
For most of the first quarter, Fallon held its own against Tahoe. But, with first and 17 at its 29 and 1:12 to go in the first quarter, Tahoe produce one of its many big plays.
Viking running back Jake Hurwitz took a sweep to the right sideline, turned the corner and galloped 71 yards for the score the Vikings needed. And although the Vikes missed the two-point attempt, the 6-0 lead was just what they needed.
After stopping Fallon on its ensuing possession, Tahoe needed just three
plays to record the Vikings’ next score. After a holding penalty pushed Tahoe back to its 34, Tim Sprinkles found Matt Arzio on a middle screen that went for a 66-yard scoring pass to give the Vikes a 12-0 lead with 9:18 remaining in the half.
As the offense found its stride, the defense also made some big plays. Fallon quarterback T.J. Merryman was picked off on the Greenwave’s first play following Tahoe’s second score, as Chas Tanner made the pick and took it to the Fallon 23.
A penalty pushed Tahoe back to the 37, but two plays later Sprinkles again found Arzio (two receptions, 103 yards, two TDs), this time down
the left side for a 37-yard TD pass. Carlos Romero booted the extra point for a 19-0 lead, and Tahoe was well on its way to victory.
Tahoe led 29-0 at the half, much to the delight of the homecoming crowd.
Christopher Seals brought the homecoming crowd to its feet on the opening kickoff of the second half, as he raced 85 yards for a kickoff return touchdown.
Placekicker Carlos Romero added to the fine special teams play by booting field goals of 40 and 22 yards.
Tahoe displyed a big-play offense, and the defense forced four turnovers to aid the effort.
“We do have an explosive offense with Sprinkles throwing it and Hurwitz running. The big thing was our receivers also did a great job today,” Jauregito said.
It was a big day for Hurwitz, as he bolted for touchdown runs of 71 and 45 yards, finishing with 156. This performance gave him 1,009 yards on the year in just seven games, and it was the type of performance Hurwitz felt he needed to give.
“We weren’t down after losing to Wooster, but knew we neeeded this win more than anything. I played horrible last weekend and we didn’t play like we needed to. I felt good today, and we really came together as a team,” Hurwitz said. “The line blocking was great.”
Sprinkles completed 4-of-7 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns, the type of performance he expects from himself. A knee injury had somehwat hindered Sprinkles in recent weeks, but the senior showed no ill-effects Saturday.
“I wouldn’t say my knee injury set us back, but it did hurt us some. But I felt great today. I didn’t have any pain,” said the senior. “We were flat
against Wooster. We weren’t focused and it was a tough loss. But we knew that if we could win our next two we could host a playoff game, and that’s been the goal for the seniors all year.
“This was a great game for us. The line blocked well and Jake ran harder than ever. Our receivers caught the ball and we made some big plays,” Sprinkles said. “We hadn’t won a homecoming game in my first three years here, so it was special.”
It was a time to celebrate for the Vikings, but immediately following the game coach Jauregito was already focused on Carson, an away game Friday night.
“Our next game is our most important game. If we win Friday, we clinch a playoff spot. Carson is a deceptive team. They have talent and speed and they’ve lost some close games. They smoked us last year and our seniors remember that,” Jauregito said.
Sprinkles also remembers.
“I think we lost to them 55-6 last year. They are a sound team and we’ll have to play them like we played today,” Sprinkles added.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Tahoe 6 23 10 14 53
Fallon 0 0 0 0 0
V – Jake Hurwitz 71 run (2 pt conversion failed)
V – Tim Sprinkles 66 pass to Matt Arzio (2 pt conversion failed)
V – Sprinkles 37 pass to Arzio (Carlos Romero kick)
V – Romero 22-yard FG
V – Hurwitz 45-yard run (Romero kick)
V – Christopher Seals 85-yard kick off return (Romero kick)
V – Romero 40-yard FG
V – Garrett Mc Intyre 6-yard run (Romero kick)
V – Tony Cohen 15-yard run (Romero kick)
Tahoe Passing – Sprinkles: 4-for-7, 113 yards, 2 TDs; Jarred Uppendahl: 1-for-3, 16 yards. Total 5-for-10, 129 yards, 2 TDs.
Receiving – Arzio: 2 receptions, 103 yards, 2 TDs; Jerry Seeley: 1 reception, 16 yards; Ryan Hickey: 1 reception, 10 yards.
Rushing – Hurwitz: 11 carries, 156 yards, 2 TDs; Tony Cohen: 6 rushes, 49 yards, 1 TD; Mc Intyre: 3 carries, 18 yards, 1 TD: Seals: 2 carries, 91 yards (Includes kickoff return), 1 TD; Sprinkles: 2 carries, 24 yards. Total – 24-348-5 TDS
Passing – Merryman: 10-for-15, 67 yards, 2 ints.
Receiving – James Scholl: 1 reception, 2 yards; Aaron Lesue: 4 receptions, 13 yards; Richard Ball: 3 receptions, 26 yards; Burrell: 1 reception, 10 yards; Kelly Davis: 1 reception, 16 yards.
Rushing – Kelly Davis: 14 carries, 46 yards; Rickie Burrell: 4 carries, 19 yards; T.J. Merryman: 6 carries, 17 yards. Total – 24-80
NOTE: Steve, like I told you my stats aren’t the best. I kept rushing and receiving, but didn’t do much with punt and kickoff returns. Yardage I gave for Seal includes kickoff return. Total yard basically included passing and rushing. But, I believe the totals are pretty accurate. I’ll do a btter job with stats next time.
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