Vikings open division play at Hug
By Steve Yingling and Paul Andrew
Tribune staff writers
South Tahoe High football coach Chris Morgan isn’t fooled by Hug’s 0-3 season record.
Like the Vikings, the Hawks enter tonight’s Sierra Division football opener in Reno with a winless record, but they have played one of the toughest schedules in the state: Clovis East, McQueen and Galena.
“Are they really 0-3?” Morgan said. “I would say no in that they have played high-quality opponents.”
The Vikings lost another high-caliber player – Thomas Eidam – in a 40-7 defeat to Spanish Springs. Eidam, a sophomore, suffered a concussion in the third quarter and was replaced by junior running back Tyler Lastiri.
“We’ll dress 22,” said Morgan, noting that the frosh-sophomore team squad has dwindled to 20 players.
The Vikings will also rely on the passing of Tony Stagnaro and his capable receivers, Chris Klug and Chris Eidam. Klug caught a 56-yard touchdown bomb from Stagnaro last week.
“(Klug) is still getting back into game mode and learning the plays. Now that he is back full-time, we’re gonna expect big things from him,” Morgan said.
Warrior pursue second win
The Whittell Warriors, (1-1) attempt to return to their winning ways in an important Northern 2A battle against Silver Stage on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Zephyr Cove.
The Warriors, who began the season with an impressive win over Hawthorne 40-6, lost in a close game to defending champion Rite of Passage 50-28, a game that Whittell only trailed 30-20 in the fourth quarter.
The Nighthawks come in with a record of 0-2, although they played Whittell close in a preseason scrimmage. With both teams possessing high scoring offenses, the key to victory will be which team’s defense steps up to make crucial stops.