Vikings can’t put it together past first period |

Vikings can’t put it together past first period

If prep football games were shortened by 36 minutes, the South Tahoe Vikings would be as competitive as any football team in Northern Nevada.

But the post-first period woes continued to bite the Vikings in a Nevada 4A nonleague game Friday in Elko. The Vikings (0-4) only trailed unbeaten Elko 14-13 after one quarter but didn’t score again in a 55-13 defeat.

“We have to learn how to play like we do in the first quarter and we’d be right there in the end,” said STHS coach Chris Morgan. “Looking back at these four games, we’ve proven we can play some football. We just have to play all four quarters.”

With the Vikings behind 14-0, Robert Smith connected with a touchdown pass to Kevin Capellino. Later in the quarter, junior running back Grant Swinney zig-zagged his way for 70 yards to the Elko 1. Fron there, Greg Williams punched it in. However, the extra point was missed, leaving Elko ahead 14-13.

In the second period, Elko scored on a fourth-and-five run to go ahead 28-13.

“In the second half we weren’t the same team. We couldn’t move the ball,” Morgan said. “We were scrambling to find the team from the first quarter.”

Rex Simpson ran for two of Elko’s five rushing touchdowns.

Eric Domingo intercepted a pass in his end zone in the closing second to preserve the junior varsity’s third win in four games.

The Vikings will try to end a 14-game losing streak on Friday at Carson.

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