Vikings seek first win at Carlin |

Vikings seek first win at Carlin

Gary Kank

After falling to a home defeat in their conference opener against West Wendover last week, the Whittell High Warrior football team is hoping a Friday road trip to Carlin High will turn things around for them in the Nevada 2A standings.

The task will not come easy for the Warriors as Carlin is likely to still be fired up after missing late opportunities in a 13-6 loss at Battle Mountain last week.

In the game that was up for grabs in the final minutes, the Railroaders showed a lot of heart, mixed with considerable talent.

Leading the way for the Railroaders this season is running back Rex Simpson, who racked up 87 yards on 24 carries in Battle Mountain.

Quarterback Zach Sanchez was also solid in the loss, passing for 61 yards, including a touchdown strike to Simpson.

For the Warriors, the key will be executing their blocking assignments on the offensive side of the ball. Running backs Joey Massa and Dean Moore showed flashes of what they can do with good blocking. Massa was able to average about eight yards a carry against a pretty strong West Wendover defense.

The Warriors will also try and find more time for quarterback Nick Lowe, who engineered a last-second drive down the field to put their first points of the season on the board. The drive was highlighted by a 35 yard pass to wideout Carey White. If Lowe can get more time it’s likely, his arm can produce more good rsults.

On the defensive side of the ball, Warrior head coach Anthony Esquivel will look for more intense play from defensive end Parker Fox and linebacker Jake Summers.

The “Road Warriors” play under the lights at 7 p.m.

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