Vikings can clinch playoff berth against Reno |

Vikings can clinch playoff berth against Reno

While their dreams of a Sierra Division football title are all but vanquished, the South Tahoe High Vikings can secure a consolation prize by beating Reno on Saturday.

The Vikings (5-2 overall, 2-1 division) can clinch their second straight trip to the playoffs with a victory over the Huskies (3-4 overall, 1-2) in their final 2000 home game, barring that they serve as a postseason host.

“We’re not planning on this being our last home game, and that’s the way we have to approach it,” said Vikings coach Tim Jaureguito.

Wooster all but wrapped up the Sierra Division title last Friday by stopping Hug 14-7. The Colts defeated both the Vikings and Hawks to open up a one-game lead on both schools with two to play. South Tahoe and Hug share second place and will meet in Reno in the regular-season finale Oct. 26.

“Our goal is to host a playoff like we did last year,” said Vikings senior receiver/defensive back Jerry Seeley.

Naturally, Reno coach Brian Rothe isn’t too optimistic about the chances of an upset with the Viking seniors playing perhaps their final game in their unique bowl-shaped field.

“I guess you could call it playoff hopes right now, but we have a tough road ahead of us,” said Rothe, who concludes the season at Wooster next Friday. “We’re hoping South Tahoe is looking down the road.”

However, Rothe feels the Huskies have an edge that they haven’t had in recent years against the Vikings: film at their disposal.

“We don’t have to scout them anymore. I get all their games on TV here,” said Rothe, referring to the Vikings’ games appearing on the Resort Sports Network.

From the front-row seat in his living room Rothe has noticed that the Vikings have relied on their defense in recent weeks to stay in playoff contention.

“Tim’s defense has improved in the latter part of the season. I really think the defense has kept them in games the last couple of weeks,” Rothe said.

Reno may decide to follow Carson’s strategy of trying to stop Vikings’ 1,000-yard rusher Jake Hurwitz by stacking the line of scrimmage with defenders. But STHS senior quarterback Jarred Uppendahl has passed for 16 touchdowns, including three last week in a 21-18 win over Carson.

“I hope they (key on Hurwitz). You can key on Jake Hurwitz but sooner or later we’re going to hit a home run,” Jaureguito said. “We’re going to find a way to beat the defense and we have enough weapons to do that.”

Reno picked up its first division win in overtime against Douglas last week. Mike Anderson scored on a pass from Sean Davis in the Kansas Plan overtime format and clinched the 22-14 win when a botched extra point led to a two-point conversion pass.

“It was a bad snap and the holder threw a prayer up in the air and we came down with it,” Rothe said. “I’d rather be lucky than good sometimes.”

With wins coming infrequently, Rothe has struggled to keep players in the program. Reno will suit up 28 players, including seven seniors, Saturday.

“We have only the strong-willed ones left. We had a couple kids who decided football wasn’t for them and bailed on us,” Rothe said.

Notes: Saturday’s games begin at 10:45 a.m. with the JV contest; the varsity follows at 1:30 p.m. … Hurwitz topped the 1,000-yard barrier for the second successive season in the Oct. 12 win at Carson City. Hurwitz has 1,043 yards on 119 carries … Senior receiver Immanuel Williams is averaging more than a touchdown per game with 10 touchdowns in seven games … Defensive lineman Steve Ehrler is expected to see limited action after missing the past two weeks with a severed hand tendon … the Vikings won’t have much time to ready get for their regular-season finale against Hug. The game is scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

young team, start 5 sophomores, certan ares inexperience, when have young team lik that, entuuhais, have been losing but comeand still come up with big win against douglas just illustrates enthusiams they have in their program.

baiscally where we’re at.

we’re just business as usual. practices are going good, all we’re worried baout now is the game against Reno.

clinch, but no clear dlineation after hug game

four teams going into final week. It could be interesting. all worried about is winnign game, like to tell kids, ging intp osot play, it’s hwole new seaon, makes no diff where seeded, either win or lose. we’re just concerned about beating the next opponent.

I hope they do, and jarred. can stop part of offense, but can’t key jake hurwtiz but sooner or later we’re going to hit a home run.

we’re going to find a way to beat the deense and we have enough weapons to do that.

It’s tough to stay, wooseter played real tough earlier in year, 13-7 going into fourth, qooster; turn back around inplayffs close game. mcqueen rell hasn’t palyed anbody, when get in playoffs diff sit and playing diff teams. anybody has chacne on given night esically wehn get to time of year in palyoffs. we’d love to play them.

He’s just mprolved so much, bulk of that improvement has to do with what did in offeseon to get better.

def camp this summer, champ def camp, named mvp of camp as off wide receiver, tells hwo good guy is. wins award as off player. with him being able to do, play him llitte bit on off and def. taken little bit away from off play but has made him better all-around player.

He’s most all-around player, most vers player we have. Utility player of year for us.

conditioned relaly he conditions like everyone else.

He enjoys it. he’s quiet guy, but I see him smiling a lot, so knows happy with what he doing.

schools divi II looking at him, I hope gets oppt go go on and play, so coachable wantt o see guys like that have opp go on and play.

Jim Morgan, off-seaosn works

continue to do, right through plyoffs, we need to do that, he is one guy proven can do it, both ath and mentalll standpoint.

so unsleflish he knows if he wre playing fulltime off he’d being hve some big-time numbers. never said word, never complained, can just playoff, just unselfih guy kind of guy goes out and gives evertyhthing for team.

Ehrler, pad everything up, been out two weeks, get limited playing time.

Triple header on Thursday…

we’re not planning on this being our last hoem game, and that’s way have to approach it.

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