Vikings hope to make their coach wear a dress
Chris Morgan is making certain his South Tahoe Vikings will be motivated to win their first game against Wooster on Saturday.
The Viking co-coach has promised to wear a red dress and red lipstick to school on Monday if his team ends a 17-game losing streak.
Not that the first-year head coach needs to motivate his players. The Vikings (0-7) haven’t won since a 2000 playoff game against Galena and for some Vikings, this is the final opportunity to play at home.
“I don’t think he’d look too good, but it would be funny,” said STHS senior defensive back Kory Collins. “There’s a lot to play for and that’s just something else. I can’t wait; it’s going to be fun.”
The Colts lead the all-time series 23-2. The Vikings’ lone regular-season victory over the Colts (25-14) came in 1963, two years after South Tahoe won the second of its back-to-back Nevada Class A titles.
Their only other victory over the Colts came in the 1991 zone championship game.
Both teams have struggled to put together complete games. STHS has started fast against Reno, Elko and North Valleys but has been unable to carry that momentum into the second half.
Wooster (1-6) led Hug 10-7 five minutes into the fourth quarter last week and enjoyed halftime leads against Douglas (7-0) and Carson (14-13). But the Colts lost all three games.
“It’s a team we can beat. I believe Douglas, North Valleys and Reed were all teams we could have beaten,” said STHS co-coach Rod Robison. “I’m not sure when these guys are going to get their experience. Nobody feels worse than these seniors who are 0-for-high school.
“The sense of urgency is huge right now for the seniors and for the juniors who are coming back next year. These juniors don’t want to wait until next year. They want it now and they want it for these seniors because these seniors have been laying it on the line, too, for these juniors.”
Jeff Odom and Maurice Pelc combined to rush for 198 yards in Wooster’s 21-10 loss to Hug.
The Vikings haven’t scored in eight quarters and received a scare earlier in the week when an ankle injury threatened to keep senior quarterback Robert Smith out of the lineup. But Smith is expected to play, with Troy Radke serving as the backup.
Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. The JVs will play for a winning season in the preceding game at 10:45 a.m.
“I know the rest of team and I are going to leave everything on the field,” Collins said.
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