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Tigers destroy Vikings

Luke Rippee, Evan Bill and a mistake-free defense didn’t permit the Douglas Tigers to look ahead to their Sierra Division showdown with Reno.

Rippee rushed for one score and passed for another, Bill rushed for two touchdowns and 103 yards and Douglas only surrendered 172 total yards in a 34-0 dismantling of South Tahoe on Saturday in South Lake Tahoe.

The Tigers (6-1, 4-0) used nothing special to destroy the Vikings (0-7, 0-4), relying on Rippee’s scrambling ability and Bill’s rushes into the teeth of the STHS defense.



“He’s a next-level quarterback,” said Viking co-coach Rod Robison of Rippee, who rushed for 65 yards and passed for 98.

The Vikings’ most encouraging moment came when Colin Griffin intercepted a deflected screen pass at his 29 to snuff out the Tigers’ opening drive.




But two penalties quickly returned the ball to Douglas, and Rippee jump started the scoring drive with a 25-yard punt return to the Viking 39. The Tigers didn’t need any variety in their offense to find the end zone as Bill carried five straight times, scoring from five yards out with 6:41 left in the quarter.

Douglas built a 20-0 halftime lead on another 5-yard Bill score and 2-yard run by Rippee, resigning the Vikings to their 17th straight defeat.

The Vikings twice drove deep into Douglas territory, but their pursuits ended each time in the red zone on downs. A holding penalty stymied the Vikings after they reached the Douglas 19 late in the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter Robert Smith completed two passes and rushed for 16 yards as the Vikings moved to the Douglas 13, but a motion penalty and a quarterback sack ended that threat.

“We played real well from the 20 to the 20, but it’s finishing (that we’re not doing),” Robison said. “That’s something you have to practice. We haven’t had a lot of practice with that, and we’re still not finishers. So this week we’re going to line up and work on scoring.”

In the second half, the Vikings registered two first downs and reached Douglas territory once. Smith fumbled on STHS’s first possession of the third quarter, and Craig Bell scooped it up and ran 13 yard into the end zone to make the score 27-0.

“Their formation (made it tough to block them). They had their tackles spread way out, so it was hard to get them,” said Viking junior offensive lineman Renne Rodriguez. “I think they can go all the way with their defense.”

Former Whittell High two-sport star Nick Summers, a junior defensive end and tight end for the Tigers, caught one pass for 21 yards in addition to making several big plays on defense. He deflected a screen pass and assisted on two quarterback sacks of Smith.

The Vikings conclude their home schedule Saturday against Wooster.

JVs improve to 4-3

Sophomore quarterback Mikey Van Gorden continued to put up big offensive numbers. Van Gorden passed for five touchodwns, including two to Spencer Dean, as the Vikings crushed the Tigers 56-17 Saturday.

Van Gorden also threw touchdown passes to Bryan Finkel, Daniel Tinlin and Eric Domingo. Finkel ran back a punt 55 yards for a score as well.

In addition to throwing for 241 yards, Van Gorden rushed for 99 yards.

SATURDAY’S PREP FOOTBALL SUM

DOUGLAS 34, SOUTH TAHOE 0

Douglas 7 13 14 0 — 34

STHS 0 0 0 0 — 0

First quarter

D-Bill 5 run (McIntosh kick), 5:19

Second quarter

D-Bill 5 run (kick failed), 3:51

D-Rippee 2 run (McIntosh kick), 11:05

Third quarter

D-Bell 13 fumble return (McIntosh kick), :18

D-Bell 3 pass from Rippee (McIntosh kick), 5:27

TEAM STATS

Douglas/STHS

First downs 18 9

Rushes-yards 45-256 24-84

Passing yards 98 88

Comp.-Attempts-Int. 6-10-1 9-23-0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties 8-52 8-65

Kick returns 1-30 4-58

Punt returns 3-54 0-0

Punts-average 1-40 6-42.3

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Passing: Douglas, Rippee 6-10-1–98. South Tahoe, Smith 9-22-0–98, Swinney 0-1-0–0.

Rushing: Douglas, Bill 17-103, Rippee 9-65, Reed 4-33, Cooper 6-25, Smith 3-14, Shope 2-14, Beemer 4-2. South Tahoe, Swinney 11-46, Smith 9-29, Williams 4-9.

Receiving: Douglas, McIntosh 2-56, Summers 1-21, Bateman 1-12, Herald 1-6, Bell 1-3. South Tahoe, Griffith 2-35, Keys 2-27, Gomez 2-7, Jones 1-16, Swinney 1-5, Williams 1-(-2).

Missed Field Goals: None.

JV score: South Tahoe 56-17


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