Tigers maul Vikings, 75-7
ZEPHYR COVE – As an assistant coach in the Bay Area, Mike Gorman faced some stiff competition and received the occasional butt kicking. He even played De La Salle when it won a national championship and was in the midst of its record 151-game winning streak.
But what happened on Thursday afternoon is something Gorman has never experienced.
“It’s the worst butt whipping I’ve had and I’ll never forget it,” said Gorman, an assistant for almost 10 years at Clayton Valley. “I’ve played some competitive football and I’ve had my butt kicked before, but De La Salle never kicked my butt like this.”
Douglas scored touchdowns on six of its first seven possessions in the first half – three of which came on punt returns – as it rolled the Vikings 75-7 in a Sierra League game at Whittell High School. It is South Tahoe’s worst loss since the late 1970s and is believed to be the most points scored during coach Mike Rippee’s 22-year tenure with the Tigers.
Douglas, which hasn’t played a home game this season because its field is still being resurfaced, improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in league. The Tigers face defending league champion Hug next week.
“In order to challenge for that Sierra League championship, you have to go through Hug,” said Ernie Monfiletto, Douglas’ offensive coordinator. “It’s theirs and we have to get through them. We’re the road warriors and our team motto is ‘On the road again.’ Every week we have a number of obstacles to overcome and this week wasn’t any different.”
Tyler Tintsman scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and had three punt returns for touchdowns – 56, 39 and 57 yards – as the Tigers led 35-0 with 8:44 left in the second quarter. Douglas only attempted three passes, one of which was a 64-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Laird to tight end Kevin Emm in the second quarter.
Laird and Julius Bailey each ran for first-half touchdowns and seven different Tigers scored. Douglas replaced its first stringers shortly before Bailey’s 3-yard touchdown run made it 48-0 at halftime. Still, it didn’t matter much.
“What can I say?” Gorman asked himself rhetorically. “They are a good football team and they scored. And they kept on scoring. We had a good opening drive. After that, we went right in the tank. I couldn’t revitalize the kids.”
South Tahoe (1-5 overall, 1-3 league) marched 31 yards in eight plays on its first drive before disaster struck. Tony Stagnaro’s pass was intercepted by Sean Peralta, who returned it to the South Tahoe 10, setting up Tintsman’s first touchdown. Peralta picked off another Stagnaro pass later in the game.
The second half was much of the same as Douglas scored on four of its first five possessions, including touchdowns runs of 38 and 31 yards by Will Sheerin. The Vikings’ lone touchdown came with 10:26 left in the fourth quarter, when Stagnaro hooked up with Chris Klug for a 10-yard reception.
Klug finished with eight catches for 123 yards and his touchdown was the first against the Tigers in 14 quarters. Douglas’ defense held South Tahoe to minus 8 yards rushing.
“We are excited about our kids playing well,” Monfiletto said. “They were able to focus this week and came out ready to play. We respect that South Tahoe program and I hope they bounce back and play well next week.”
The Vikings host Carson next Saturday at Viking Bowl at 1:30 p.m.