Vikings football eyes 3rd straight win against Dayton |

Vikings football eyes 3rd straight win against Dayton

South Tahoe sophomore Hilario Nunez lines up for an extra point against Lowry earlier this year. Nunez has made 8 of 10 extra points this season and has helped the Vikings find stability at the position after they lost 35-34 to Churchill County and went for 2-point conversions throughout and converted just two of five.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

South Tahoe has won two straight football games and the Vikings are eying a third Friday, Oct. 13, when they visit the struggling Dayton Dustdevils.

The Vikings are trying to win their last three games, all on the road, so they can play one more time on their home turf in postseason.

That road goes through Dayton, who owns one victory and has scored just six points in its last four games. The Dustdevils (1-6, 1-5 3A Northern League) have been shut out four times this season.

But while the South Tahoe coaching staff has studied and prepared for Dayton, they are more concerned about improving in areas they’ve struggled with this season.

“The kids know for us to achieve our playoff aspirations, we need to get better each day we practice,” said Vikings head coach Louis Franklin. “We are focused on cleaning up our own mistakes. We’re still confused at times on our assignments and alignment.”

The Vikings didn’t look confused too often last week when they throttled Wooster 47-10 in their final regular season home game. It was a physical pounding on both sides of the ball. They gave up just a couple of big plays while making a bunch on both sides of the ball.

The Vikings have been stacking up the big numbers over the past couple of games and have several players among the league leaders.

Quarterback Peyton Galli leads the league in passing yards (1,409) and is second in touchdowns (17), three behind Truckee’s Marcus Bellon.

Jakob Costley is second in rushing yards (622) and averages 104 per game.

Matt Cain is second in receptions (32), receiving yards (659), and interceptions (3) on the other side of the ball.

Caleb Moretti leads the team in tackles (79), by far, and is second in the league.

That’s without mentioning the Vikings’ biggest weapon, Mccallan Castles, who was injured and missed over two games.

The Vikings finish with Dayton, Elko and rival Truckee on a Saturday afternoon. With two consecutive victories under their belts, the Vikings (3-3 3A Northern League) hope to continue their positive flow and get over.500 for the first time since winning their opening game.

“The kids’ morale has improved with the wins because they see improvement in their fundamentals that we work on everyday at practice,” Franklin said. “Things are looking good as we finish up the season with three straight road games.”

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