Tigers bring five-game winning streak into Viking Bowl
Douglas football coach Mike Rippee is making all the necessary speeches to safeguard against his Tigers’ letting down against South Tahoe.
STHS co-coaches Rod Robison and Chris Morgan have been preaching to the winless Vikings that it’s not OK to lose.
That’s the scenario when the Tigers and Vikings hook up at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in what amounts to South Tahoe’s rivalry game.
Rippee has coached in enough games between the schools to know anything can happen. When the Vikings went to the state championship in 1991, the Tigers were the only team to beat South Tahoe before the title game. He’s also been around long enough to know when one of his teams may not be as fired up as usual.
“In this league you don’t take anybody for granted,” Rippee said. “They are very scary. South Tahoe has a crew who is anxious for a win, and I have a lot of respect for guys who stick with it when the odds are against them.”
Douglas brings a five-game winning streak and a second-place Sierra Division record (3-0) to Viking Bowl. The Tigers’ rise to Northern Nevada prominence this season is understandable when you listen to Rippee.
“The great thing about this team is that we have a lot of different guys stepping up all the time and playing well,” he said.
What STHS coaches especially like about their Vikings is their no-quit mentality. Six straight losses, including a 27-0 homecoming defeat to North Valleys last Saturday, haven’t sent players scurrying for something else to do with their time. They’ve stuck with it and are trying to end one of school’s longest losing streaks — 16 games.
“It’s tough to keep them motivated. But as coaches we just have to try different things,” Morgan said. “My hat is off to them, because the guys keep showing up.”
What Robison stressed with the players after the homecoming defeat was that losing isn’t acceptable.
“We just want to get across to these guys that you don’t have to win because we’re not at the pro level, but you know what, losing’s not OK,” Robison said. “It’s not all it’s cracked up to be as a character builder. We got some guys who are upset that we lost. What we need to have is more guys who are upset when we lose.”
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