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Vikings buried by Senators

Carson #24 is tackled for a loss by South Lake Tahoe's #90, left, and #2 in the 2nd Quarter. Photo by Brian Corley
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Carson High wasted no time jumping on the South Tahoe High Vikings in a Nevada 4A Sierra Division football game in Carson City.

The Senators recovered an onside kick to start the game and then scored touchdowns on their first two plays from scrimmage on their way to a 61-8 homecoming victory against the Vikings.

“They were ready to play,” said STHS co-coach Rod Robison. “Instead of handling that adversity well, I thought we got caught up in ‘Here we go again.'”



Chris Kotter scored four touchdowns, including a 34-yard touchdown run on the opening play from scrimmage, to help Carson snap a two-game division losing streak. The Vikings (0-5, 0-2 division) lost for the 15th straight time.

“That was the worst (whipping) I’ve ever been associated with, but it gives us as coaches a chance to teach these kids to do some soul-searching … Did they give the absolute best they have?” Robison said.




South Tahoe had 16 yards in total offense and one first down (on a penalty) in the first half, but the Vikings finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when Dan Gomez caught a screen pass from quarterback Robert Smith and ran 54 yards for a touchdown.

The Senators had turned the ball over 10 times the last three weeks, but had none Friday. And they made it look easy against the Vikings from the start when Cameron Leck’s short kickoff to the left side was recovered by Waterman at the 34.

“All week we worked on that pooch kick,” Kotter said. “We had Matt, George (Pincock) and myself all lined up on the same side because we’re the fastest guys.”

Waterman had 187 yards in return yardage on the night and his 53-yard punt return set up Carson’s second score. The Senators needed only one play as quarterback Mike Dittenber kept the ball on an option play and ran eight yards into the end zone. Waterman caught a pass from Mike Handley for the 2-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.

The Senators extended their lead to 26-0 by the end of the first quarter as Jack Brooks scored on a 10-yard touchdown run and Kotter’s 1-yard run. The Senators scored on their fifth straight possession when Kotter caught a swing pass from Dittenber and ran 25 yards to the end zone.

South Tahoe will have added reason to pick up its first win Saturday when the Vikings welcome North Valleys for homecoming. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.


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