Viking frosh/JV teams lose openers |

Viking frosh/JV teams lose openers

Dan Thomas

South Tahoe’s varsity spent Saturday rolling over Sparks, while Sparks flew against the Viking junior varsity and freshmen.

The JV Railroaders rolled over the Viking junior varsity, 55-9 Saturday, and steamed past South Tahoe’s freshmen 20-8 Friday. While South Tahoe’s guests provided the teams with a rude introduction to 1999, there were encouraging moments for the Vikings.

“The kids played really well,” South Tahoe coach Bob Albrecht, who ran both teams, along with Mike Patterson Saturday, said of the freshmen. “They played a lot better on film than I thought.”

South Tahoe’s freshmen took a two-point lead in the first quarter Friday, but couldn’t overcome a handful of turnovers that ultimately crippled the team. One turnover came after the Vikings made a goal-line stand, giving Sparks the opportunity for its go-ahead score.

Two Vikings stood out, providing highlights on the ground: Phil Griffith paced the team at running back, and Jonathan James scored South Tahoe’s only touchdown, racing 70 yards on a trap play in the first quarter.

“We’ll move a few around,” Albrecht said. “We saw some stuff. Maybe we can shuffle a little bit.”

The Viking junior varsity put together two long scoring drives Saturday, in the first quarter and the fourth quarter. But in the time between the two drives, Sparks scored 55 points.

South Tahoe scored a field goal on its opening drive to go up 3-0, but Sparks responded with 55 unanswered points. In the fourth quarter, though, South Tahoe rallied behind junior backup quarterback Wayne Lucero, who led the team on an eight-minute scoring drive that culminated with another field goal. While South Tahoe scored the final field goal, giving the Vikings nine, the damage already was done.

“It’s a very, very good Sparks team,” Albrecht said. “(The Vikings) stepped up, they played hard, they put that drive together.”

South Tahoe’s junior varsity has its next chance at 4:45 p.m. Thursday against Lowry at Douglas High’s home stadium. The Viking freshmen play Lowry at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, also against Douglas.

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