Vikings tighten defense in loss to Fallon |

Vikings tighten defense in loss to Fallon

Staff and TNS reports

Rick Cornu scored three of Fallon’s four second-half touchdowns as the Greenwave overcome a stingy South Tahoe High defense for a 41-0 nonleague football victory on Thursday night in Fallon.

The Vikings limited the Greenwave to 148 total yards – all of which came after halftime – and picked off two passes but again fell victim to a sluggish offensive attack.

STHS’s second turnover of the season was costly. On the third play from scrimmage, Fallon’s Cornu intercepted a Ryan Woods pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

But STHS’s defense kept the game close. Twice Fallon penetrated inside the Vikings’ side of the field and each time the defense stopped the home team. Through two quarters Fallon had negative yards in offense.

Fallon continued to come up with the big play in the second quarter as the Greenwave blocked a Viking punt on the 1-yard line. Quarterback Nate Manning plunged in from the 1, giving Fallon a 12-0 lead. South Tahoe stopped a conversion attempt with 9:35 left before halftime.

South Tahoe’s best chance to score in the opening 24 minutes followed a botched punt snap at the Fallon 25. But Jake Baker picked off Woods in the end zone with 41.7 seconds left in the half.

Mark Dalmacio led the Vikings’ offense in the first half, carrying 16 times for 47 yards. He finished with 54 yards on 21 carries.

Two third-quarter touchdown passes by Manning put the game out of reach. Manning hooked up with Lyle Gardner for a 11-yard score with 6:19 remaining in the period. After a Viking punt, Manning found Cornu for a 28-yard touchdown to make the count 27-0 with 32.7 seconds left in the quarter.

The Greenwave added a pair of final-quarter touchdowns. David Trumble rushed 4 yards for one score and Cornu returned a punt 44 yards for the final touchdown.

Fallon registered five second-half sacks and held the Vikings to minus 33 yards rushing.

South Tahoe 0 0 0 0 – 0

Fallon 6 6 15 0 – 27

First quarter

F-Cornu returned 30-yard interception return, 10:21

Second quarter

F-Manning 1 run (run failed), 9:35

Third quarer

F-Gardner 11 pass from Manning (Leon run), 6:19

F-Cornu 28 pass from Manning (Russell kick), :32.7

Fourth quarter

F-David Trumble 4 run (Russell kick), 7:36

F-Cornu 44 punt return (Russell kick), 6:09

Vikings’ use youth to beat Hug

Hug brought a skeleton crew to South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, so STHS girls’ tennis coach Pat Fagen used the Sierra Division match as a chance to play his younger players.

Four freshmen won singles matches and a freshman doubles team won as well as the Vikings blanked Hug 18-0.

Freshmen Alyssa Mlynsky, Simone Sannazzaro, Hannah Kropf and Savannah Cherry and sophomores Jennifer Williamson, Melanie McHugh, Kim Hytry, Alex Kaler and Alicia Mason took care of the singles and doubles wins, giving the veteran Vikings something else to do.

“It was good to get some of the girls experience,” Fagen said. “We actually had a good practice for the rest of the team.”

STHS, 2-2 overall and 2-1 in division play, travels to Carson City on Tuesday.

“That should be good match; they always give us a good battle,” Fagen said.

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