Vikings hope to continue to ride ‘Wave’ of success |

Vikings hope to continue to ride ‘Wave’ of success

Based on narrow defeats to Douglas and Hug high schools, Fallon’s Greenwave has demonstrated that hard-nosed defense can keep you in games until the offense comes around.

The defense ought to board the bus first when Fallon (0-2) sets out for South Lake Tahoe to meet the high-scoring Vikings (2-0) on Saturday. South Tahoe’s spread offense presents challenges that the typical high school hasn’t seen.

“If we continue at the same pace right now, people are going to come different ways to stop different things. It should be a lot of fun,” said Vikings coach Tim Jaureguito.

So far, opposing defenses haven’t figured out how to even slow the Vikings’ lethal complementary passing and rushing attack. Senior quarterback Jarred Uppendahl has hooked up with senior receiver Immanuel Williams for four touchdown passes in two games and Jake Hurwitz has shown that a lighter workload allows him to make bigger plays. The senior tailback has rushed for 361 yards on only 26 carries – 13.88 yards per carry. All three of his touchdowns have exceeded 35 yards.

Jaureguito has seen many coaches come and go from the Fallon program during his 13 years in charge of the Vikings, but he’s impressed with what Geff Habel is doing in Churchill County.

“The entire program has been revitalized. They have been playing with a lot of enthusiasm and emotion, and you can see that with a lot of things they do,” Jaureguito said.

However, Fallon hasn’t been very successful finding the end zone. The Greenwave’s triple-option attack has been effective behind the pounding of fullback Kelly Davis – with one crucial exception.

“They move the ball between the 20s, but once they get down there they shoot themselves in the foot,” Jaureguito said. “If they iron out the little mistakes, they are going to be able to put the ball in the end zone and score some points.”

But scoring is becoming increasingly more difficult against the Vikings’ young and improving defensive unit. After surrendering 26 points against Sparks in their opener, the Vikings settled down in their home opener last Saturday and held Reed scoreless until the third quarter with the game out of hand, 45-0.

“Most of that was the defensive putting us in good position to score,” Jaureguito said. “We have some guys stepping up defensively that were questionmarks before the season began, guys like Sean Kezer, Aaron Newcomb and Eddie Colegrove.”

With McQueen, Wooster and Elko looked upon as the region’s championship contenders, the Vikings can get an idea how they fit into the picture the following week when they travel to Elko.

“We want to come off this game healthy and saying we executed well and take that to Elko,” Jaureguito said. “We can’t look ahead.”

Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 10:45 a.m. with the JV contest.

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