Vikings use big plays to down Senators in high school football action
CARSON CITY – Jarred Uppendahl threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns as South Tahoe High held off a late Carson comeback for a 21-18 Sierra Division football win Thursday.
The Vikings improved to 2-1 in Sierra League play and 5-2 overall while the Senators drop to 1-2 in league and 4-3 overall.
Uppendahl hooked up with Immanuel Williams on two different occasions. The first was a 29-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter that gave South Tahoe its first lead at 7-6. Then his 12-yard TD catch with five minutes left in the fourth quarter proved to be the winning touchdown.
Running back Jake Hurwitz, who came into the game leading 4A Northern Nevada in rushing, was held to only 95 yards rushing by the Carson defense. In the first half, Hurwitz only had seven yards on the ground.
“They’re probably the first team to put the halts on Jake Hurwitz,” said South Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito. “I thought they played great defense.”
Carson nearly took the lead just before halftime when running back Doug Brooks scored from 2 yards out. But the referee called an aiding the runner penalty on the Senator offensive line that negated the touchdown. Then Tom Evans missed a 22-yard field goal as time expired that would’ve given Carson a 9-7 half-time lead.
But in the third quarter, the Vikings exposed the Senator defense on two pivotal plays. Hurwitz busted out for a 48-yard run. Then Uppendahl found Ryan Hickey for a 31-yard TD reception that gave the Vikings a 14-6 lead.
“Carson is a fine football team and I’m not going to take anything away from them,” Jaureguito said. “But we have a big-play offense and we count on a big play to break every now and then.”
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