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Vikings, Senators meet in battle of winless

Steve Yingling

If you like defense and enjoy watching a team win its first game, then South Tahoe’s homecoming football game with Carson is your hot ticket at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Both teams enter the Nevada 4A Sierra League game 0-4 and in search of more consistent offensive production.

“We have to start this stretch with a win and build on it and try to make the playoffs,” said STHS coach Eric Beavers. “I’ve said before that the winning takes care of itself. When we do all those things we’re supposed to do, we’ll come out on top.”

Like Beavers, Carson’s Shane Quilling is hoping to taste victory for the first time as a head coach.

“That’s probably the one positive about this game, one of us will win,” Quilling said. “We know we need to win two out of our last three league games to make playoffs. And so do they, so it should be a real good game. I think we match up with them pretty well and I’m sure they’re saying the same thing about us.

Following a arduous three-week stretch where the Vikings played three of the top teams in Northern Nevada – McQueen, Reno and Elko – South Tahoe likes it chances in the final five games.

“They’re feeling that this is a real opportunity. Our successs will be determined by our effort in these weeks of practice,” Beavers said.

After being limited to a field goal in blowouts to McQueen and Reno, the Vikings found some offense in a 42-13 loss to Elko last Saturday. Quarterback Brandon Tinlin threw touchdown passes of 16 yards to Matt Mora and 6 yards to Langdon Owen. Tinlin passed for 128 yards and was complemented by Larry Reynolds’ 70 rushing yards.

Beavers called Tinlin’s performance his best of the season and was also pleased with Reynolds’ effort. However, the first-year coach believes the Vikings are capable of more out of their rushing attack and is tinkering with his offensive line this week to get more yards.

“We need to improve our run blocking,” Beavers said. “I felt like we had players taking plays off because they were going both ways. We want to attempt to get as many guys as we can going one way so we can play hard.”

The challenge for the Vikings’ defense on Saturday is to focus on their responsibilities, not football. Carson runs an option attack, meaning the Vikings’ typical responsibilities include the dive play, quarterback and pitch man.

Beavers prepared his defense for the new look by practicing without a football.

“It teaches them to take care of their jobs; it doesn’t matter where the football is,” Beavers said. “The option forces the defense to be really disciplined, and if it’s not, it can really hurt you.”

Game time is 1:30 p.m.

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