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Vikings look to rebound from Fallon flogging

Steve Yingling

As bad as the season has gone thus far for the South Tahoe High Vikings football team, an upset win over Douglas on Friday would quickly render six straight losses insignificant.

Winless and still smarting from a 53-0 drubbing to previously winless Fallon, the Vikings can move into the fourth-playoff spot by knocking off the Tigers in Minden.

That makes them a very dangerous team, according to Douglas coach Mike Rippee.

“They always worry me,” Rippee said. “They’ve had some tough breaks, and they had a great game a couple of weeks ago against Carson. Last week’s defeat I don’t think is indicative of the team they have.”

First-year Viking coach Eric Beavers hopes to see the squad that nearly beat Carson (28-22) Sept. 29 in South Lake Tahoe.

“It will be interesting to see how we bounce back and what kind of character we have,” Beavers said.

Fallon’s defensive front manhandled the Vikings last week, leaving no running room for running back Larry Reynolds to scamper and little time for quarterback Brandon Tinlin to pass. As a result, the Vikings were shut out for the second time in four weeks.

The line’s performance on Friday will go a long way toward deciding if the Vikings can secure their first win of the season.

When the Tigers are on offense, coach Rippee has the luxury of having a coach on the field. Rippee’s son, Luke, runs the offense and has been pleased with his boy’s performance six games into the season.

“Complimenting him is probably the thing I don’t do enough of, but I will jump on him when he does something wrong,” said coach Rippee, who son was born 16 years ago on a day when the Tigers were ironically playing the Vikings. “He’s a real competitor, he plays hard, he’s very coachable and he loves the game.

“It’s obviously different when it’s your own flesh and blood out there, but you don’t treat him any differently. He loves the game and I love watching him play.”

Beavers, who was a record-setting quarterback at the University of Nevada, likes what he’s seen from Luke Rippee on film.

“In a game it makes a big difference when the guy who’s running your offense is the son of a coach,” Beavers said. “They certainly present some challenges, but they’re not an Elko or McQueen.”

Coach Rippee would prefer that his Tigers make things simpler in the fourth quarter. In beating Wooster (28-20) and Sparks (21-19) the past two weeks, the outcome remained in doubt until the final play.

“I guess the concession stand needs to sell out, so we keep things interesting until the end,” Rippee said.

Game time on Friday is 7:30 p.m.

Note: All-league senior defensive end Justin Nixon is no longer with the Vikings. He quit the team three weeks ago.

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