Vikings football rallies past Elko, clinches playoff berth
The South Tahoe Vikings won their fourth straight football game Friday night in Elko and clinched a postseason berth in the process.
The Vikings rallied from a 13-6 halftime deficit to beat the Indians 26-13.
After traveling on a bus for about eight hours, the Vikings arrived ready to play, said head coach Louis Franklin.
“We just couldn’t find a rhythm and they got some home cooking,” Franklin said.
The Vikings were hit with 19 penalties. Most were the “judgmental variety” and not false starts and illegal motions, the coach added.
The South Tahoe defense was stout, allowing just 79 rushing yards on 49 attempts. Elko also completed just 7 of 19 passes for 52 yards. Combined, the Vikings gave up just 131 yards. But penalties helped the Indians get on the scoreboard.
“They were able to score points without accumulating hardly any yards,” Franklin said. “But we played great defensively. I thought we were the more aggressive team and the kids never got flustered.”
The Vikings tied the game in the third quarter then scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put away the game.
Rallying from behind was a new way for the Vikings to get a win. In their previous four victories, South Tahoe dominated its opponents, out scoring them 198-59.
Vikings’ running back Jakob Costley gained 185 yards on 21 attempts and has 977 yards this season through eight games — an average of 122 yards per game.
Peyton Galli completed 11 of 23 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Matt Cain and Mccallan Castles. Galli also rushed for 65 yards on five attempts. Cain hauled in six passes for 80 yards and Castles had four catches for 67 yards.
“The kids played well,” Franklin said. “It was good to see them battle adversity with the long trip and being behind and score three touchdowns in the second half to win the game.”
The Vikings (5-3 3A Northern League) head into the Sierra Bowl Saturday afternoon against Truckee with much still on the line. With a victory over the second-place Wolverines (7-2, 6-2 3A Northern), the Vikings would host a first-round playoff game. A loss and they’re on the road. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. in Truckee.