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Time for Vikings to bust out of Colt corral

If South Tahoe High’s football program needs inspiration and hope this week against longstanding nemesis Wooster, the Vikings should examine the spell that was broken by Oregon State University on Saturday.

Before Saturday, the Beavers hadn’t beaten USC since 1967 when Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson was a running back for the Trojans. South Tahoe’s plight with Wooster is very similar in that the Vikings have only beaten the Colts twice in school history – the last coming in the memorable 1991 zone championship game decided by a length-of-the-field touchdown drive in the final minutes of STHS’s 19-17 victory.

Otherwise, the Vikings have been the Colts whipping boy for nearly as long as Moe has been leading Curley and Shepp around by their noses. The Vikings have never beaten the Colts in a regular-season game since they joined the Northern Nevada League in 1982. They did outscore Wooster 25-14 in the school’s second year in 1963.

South Tahoe (4-1) will get its next shot at the Colts (3-2) on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings don’t need an emotional lift when the Colts come to town, but coach Tim Jaureguito has added an extra rung of motivation by scheduling Wooster for homecoming.

If there is a year to change that awful trend, this is it. The Vikings have an offense that Wooster hasn’t seen in nearly a decade, and the Colts aren’t as intimidating as they once were with Joe Sellers on the sidelines.

“We’re excited to play Wooster,” said STHS offensive lineman Matt McGuffin. “We’ve been waiting for this one since last year. We have something to prove to them.”

In past years players have been reluctant to say anything for fear of riling up the Colts, but that isn’t the case with the game only five days away.

“We proved that we can beat Wooster in the scrimmage. There’s only one team in the North that can beat us, and that’s ourselves,” said STHS center Matt Ring.

Some players, such as game-breaking receiver Immanuel Williams, feel the Colts got away with a win they shouldn’t have last year.

“We have the team to do it and we had the team to do it last year, but we choked,” said Williams, referring to the Colts’ 34-21 last year in Reno.

South Tahoe scored on its opening series, but the Colts tapped on their mastery of the Vikings the rest of the way.

Naturally, Jaureguito didn’t see any solace in being beaten by their masters by only 13 points.

“This is the most beatable Wooster team I’ve seen in years. I’m disappointed in the way we played. We should have gone out and executed and should have done better.”

South Tahoe has no reason not to feel confident about its chances against Wooster on Saturday. Their offense stretches defenses thin and places an uncomfortable burden on defensive backs and cornerbacks.

With the defense showing signs of maturing in a hurry, the Vikings are in prime position to narrow the all-time series deficit to 21-3.

Since the Vikings hung 31 points on the board against Elko, a two-time zone finalist the past two years, there’s no reason to assume that Wooster will hold them under 35.

Vikings 38, Wooster 21.

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