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Tahoe surrenders 33 unanswered points in second half in dropping division opener

Michael Traum

RENO – When a hunter is attacked in the wild, he needs to protect his heart.

The South Tahoe football team went hunting for Reno’s Huskies on Friday night. But just when it looked like Tahoe’s trophy would be a 3-0 early season record, the Huskies bit back – and went right for the Vikes’ heart.

Reno left tracks all over Tahoe, 33 unanswered points and 240 yards rushing mostly right through the Tahoe middle, as the Huskies posted a convincing 43-26 win.

“They took it to us up front. You can’t expect to win a football game if you don’t play up front,” said Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito. “When they’re beating you up front, it doesn’t make any difference if you know it’s coming. They were pushing us five, six yards up the field. We just couldn’t stop them.”

In the Division 2 opener for both schools, Reno moved to 2-1, 1-0 in division. Tahoe is 2-1 and 0-1.

Tahoe seemingly took control in the first half on the legs of running back Bryan Marino. The senior pounded touchdown runs of 11, 13 and three yards. Defensive back William Reynolds added a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown, as the Vikings surged to a 26-10 halftime lead.

“A lot of people counted us out,” said Reno coach Brian Rothe. “We played physical football in the second half and the offense did a great job controlling the ball. That was the difference.”

Reno started the second half at midfield after one of many untimely-and-costly Tahoe penalties. The Huskies capitalized, going 51 yards on eight plays, capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Antonio Carasali, cutting the lead to 26-18. Multiple missed tackles and another personal foul by Tahoe, along with crunching up-the-middle runs, keyed the drive.

A three-and-out Viking series along with a 16-yard punt quickly gave Reno a chance to enhance its momentum. The Huskies again ran the ball at will. Dutch Howe bolted two yards from a power-I formation, as Reno moved closer, 26-24. A Tahoe facemask penalty after a Breck Dolan 15-yard run put Reno in scoring position.

“It’s the stupid penalties, there’s no need for that and I don’t want my guys to play that way,” Jaureguito said. “That’s something I really didn’t expect after being up at halftime and pretty much in control at that point. But once they got the momentum, they rolled.”

Added offensive lineman Lawrence Chia, “We got big heads (at halftime) and forgot our responsibilities. We were trying to make light-up shots and be all-pro. We were a bit too overconfident. We should have been fired up. We lost that in the second half.”

With 5:56 to play in the third quarter, Tahoe quarterback Tim Sprinkles tossed the first of two interceptions on the next drive, once again giving Reno room to work. Down but not out, the Vikings appeared to stop the Huskies, as Marc Kaiser missed a short field goal. But Tahoe was again stung by a personal foul, roughing the kicker, giving Reno an automatic first-and-goal situation. Carasali topped the drive with a two-yard thump up the middle to take the lead for good, 30-26, with 10:46 remaining. It was a six-minute, 11-play movement – all runs.

“They just kept coming. We didn’t play on their side of the field and we lost the game,” said Tahoe defensive lineman Pedro Flores.

Tahoe’s next possession again stalled after just three plays. Reno’s Marcus Corley responded by victimizing the Viking middle with five carries for 38 yards, reaching paydirt on a one-yard tussle for a 37-26 lead.

“The heart and soul of the team is our line. We really focused on that in the weight room and this is the result,” Rothe said.

The Huskies next picked off Sprinkles on the Viking 33, again after just three snaps. Corley topped Reno’s final scoring drive with a one-yard run.

Corley finished with 106 yards on 25 carries, while Dolan ran 8 times for 61 yards and Carasali 11 for 40. Justin Meckley threw just once in the second half to finish 5 of 9 for 64 yards.

The Vikings showed surprising offensive ineptness in the final 24 minutes. Sprinkles, after hitting on 7 of 12 passes in the first half, was just 2 of 8 for two yards and two interceptions in the second half. The Vikings finished with a meek six yards of total offense in the second half before a meaningless 32-yard Marino run as the game expired. Marino finished with 132 yards on 20 carries. Destin Brown led the receivers with seven grabs for 54 yards. Tahoe’s usual catching threat, tight end Corey Martin, had just two catches for 25 yards, both in the first half.

“We were clicking in the first half. They adjusted and we just couldn’t sustain a good drive in the second half,” said Tahoe offensive coordinator Todd McIntyre.

Added Jaureguito, “We made mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake. We tried to work a lot of different things. But sometimes you just get to the point that nothing works, and the harder you try, the worse it gets. We need to go back to work hard. Hopefully, they’ll keep their heads up and come back strong.”

The Vikings next host Wooster on Saturday. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

lead to 26-18. Multiple missed tackles and another personal foul by Tahoe, along with crunching up-the-middle runs, keyed the drive.

A three-and-out Viking series along with a 16-yard punt quickly gave Reno a chance to enhance its momentum. The Huskies again ran the ball at will. Dutch Howe bolted two yards from a power-I formation, as Reno moved closer, 26-24. A Tahoe facemask penalty after a Breck Dolan 15-yard run put Reno in scoring position.

“It’s the stupid penalties, there’s no need for that and I don’t want my guys to play that way,” Jaureguito said. “That’s something I really didn’t expect after being up at halftime and pretty much in control at that point. But once they got the momentum, they rolled.”

Added offensive lineman Lawrence Chia, “We got big heads (at halftime) and forgot our responsibilities. We were trying to make light-up shots and be all-pro. We were a bit too overconfident. We should have been fired up. We lost that in the second half.”

With 5:56 to play in the third quarter, Tahoe quarterback Tim Sprinkles tossed the first of two interceptions on the next drive, once again giving Reno room to work. Down but not out, the Vikings appeared to stop the Huskies, as Marc Kaiser missed a short field goal. But Tahoe was again stung by a personal foul, roughing the kicker, giving Reno an automatic first-and-goal situation. Carasali topped the drive with a two-yard thump up the middle to take the lead for good, 30-26, with 10:46 remaining. It was a six-minute, 11-play movement – all runs.

“They just kept coming. We didn’t play on their side of the field and we lost the game,” said Tahoe defensive lineman Pedro Flores.

Tahoe’s next possession again stalled after just three plays. Reno’s Marcus Corley responded by victimizing the Viking middle with five carries for 38 yards, reaching paydirt on a one-yard tussle for a 37-26 lead.

“The heart and soul of the team is our line. We really focused on that in the weight room and this is the result,” Rothe said.

The Huskies next picked off Sprinkles on the Viking 33, again after just three snaps. Corley topped Reno’s final scoring drive with a one-yard run.

Corley finished with 106 yards on 25 carries, while Dolan ran 8 times for 61 yards and Carasali 11 for 40. Justin Meckley threw just once in the second half to finish 5 of 9 for 64 yards.

The Vikings showed surprising offensive ineptness in the final 24 minutes. Sprinkles, after hitting on 7 of 12 passes in the first half, was just 2 of 8 for two yards and two interceptions in the second half. The Vikings finished with a meek six yards of total offense in the second half before a meaningless 32-yard Marino run as the game expired. Marino finished with 132 yards on 20 carries. Destin Brown led the receivers with seven grabs for 54 yards. Tahoe’s usual catching threat, tight end Corey Martin, had just two catches for 25 yards, both in the first half.

“We were clicking in the first half. They adjusted and we just couldn’t sustain a good drive in the second half,” said Tahoe offensive coordinator Todd McIntyre.

Added Jaureguito, “We made mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake. We tried to work a lot of different things. But sometimes you just get to the point that nothing works, and the harder you try, the worse it gets. We need to go back to work hard. Hopefully, they’ll keep their heads up and come back strong.”

The Vikings next host Wooster on Saturday. Game time is 1:30 p.m.

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