Vikings pound Lowry |

Vikings pound Lowry

Steve Yingling

What rhymes with Bough? As far as Lowry High football fans are concerned, it’s ow.

The South Tahoe High senior tailback put the hurt on the Buckaroos to the tune of six touchdowns and nearly 300-plus total yards as the Vikings rolled to a 60-21 victory on Friday in Winnemucca.

“Oh man, it was unexplainable. It was unbelievable,” Bough said. “To tell you the truth, I’ve never thought about having a game like that.”

Bough compiled 256 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, including runs of 85 and 62 yarders, and caught two more scores from senior quarterback Bret Uppendahl.

“It was the Bryan Bough show,” said STHS offensive coordinator Todd McIntyre. “It was one of the best days I’ve ever seen a high school running back have and actually any running back have. He was pretty much unstoppable.”

Lowry coach Ray Parks may have indirectly contributed to Bough’s huge performance.The Lowry second-year coach told McIntyre before the game, “Bryan sure would be a great runner if he ran hard.”

Naturally McIntyre passed on the assessment to Bough.

“That kind of got into my head and got me a little more fired up,” Bough said.

Afterward, Parks changed his evaluation of Bough’s running.

“He runs a lot harder than I thought,” Parks told McIntyre.

A strong wind slowed Uppendahl at the outset, but he came on to throw for 328 yards and four touchdowns. Last year’s second-team all-state signal caller tossed 29- and 20-yard scores to Bough, a 26-yard TD to Scott Souers and an 8-yard score to Casey Dowling.

Bough’s other rushing scores came from 3 and 8 yards out.

The explosive Bough had 240 yards and five touchdowns by halftime as the Vikings enjoyed a 39-14 lead.

For a while, it appeared the Vikings were in for a high-scoring shootout. After recovering a Buckaroos’ fumble on their first play from scrimmage, the home team rebounded to score on its next two possessions. Eric Angelopoulos, a 155-pound senior running back, darted into the end zone from 6 and 52 yards as Lowry pulled to within 18-14 late in the first quarter.

However, Lowry couldn’t stop the Vikings’ spread offense, which scored on its first seven possessions. After Lowry trimmed the VIkings’ lead to four, STHS marched 80 yards on 11 plays, with Bough concluding the drive on a 20-yard pass from Uppendahl.

“All the credit goes to Bret. We put in a blitz package where if a team doesn’t pick up the tight end or running back, Bret has option to throw to a hot receiver. He audibled twice to Bryan for touchdowns,” McIntyre said.

Viking junior defensive back William Reynolds slowed the Lowry offense by picking off a pass at his own 26 early in the second period. Following a 12-yard reception by senior receiver Garrett Kunce, Bough outran the Lowry defense for a 62-yard touchdown, making the score 32-14 Tahoe.

It took the game clock to finally stop the Viking offense. Leading 39-14, Tahoe took over at its 25 with :55 left before intermission. A 37-yard reception by Kunce moved the Vikings into Lowry territory, but a procedure penalty stalled the drive and the clock expired before Tahoe could reload.

STHS piled up 627 yards offensively.

The Vikings, 2-0, play their home opener against Reno, 2-0, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s the Division II opener for both schools.

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