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Vikings prepare for home opener

Steve Yingling

Which South Tahoe High football team will fans see in the Vikings’ home opener on Saturday: the fully stocked one or the pared-down version?

Injuries and ineligibilities have made it difficult on the Vikings’ coaching staff through two weeks of the season. Coach Chris Morgan, however, could have most of his team together for the first time when the Vikings meet Spanish Springs at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Viking Bowl.

“We get some guys back and we can rotate them around a little more,” Morgan said.

As it is, many Vikings are playing offense, defense and special teams.

Spanish Springs could be the first opponent that the Vikings show their full arsenal of weapons, although the team lost receiver/cornerback Kevin Lucero for the season to a tendon injury prior to the opening kickoff against Sparks.

A complete Vikings’ squad could make for an interesting matchup with Spanish Springs, which ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Carson 20-14 last Friday.

“This is so huge for us,” Cougars quarterback Robbie Hanna told after the game. “This is so huge for this school. This is what this program has needed. We needed this so bad.”

Tony Stagnaro has been one of the top passing quarterbacks in the North, accumulating 365 yards in the two games. With three receivers missing from the lineup against Dayton, senior Chris Eidam stepped up to catch seven passes for 178 yards.

The Vikings’ defense also showed improvement in the second half against the Dust Devils, allowing just one score.

“We’re starting to learn more about the game of football, and we’re improving,” Morgan said.

STHS will open Sierra Division play at Hug on Sept. 14.

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