Warriors’ fourth-quarter rally falls short
Whittell High rushed for 315 yards and five touchdowns, but North Tahoe escaped with a 35-32 Northern 2A football victory Saturday in Zephyr Cove.
The Warriors scored twice in the final five minutes to pull within three points. But the Lakers recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock to spoil Whittell’s homecoming.
Roberto Concha-Foley rushed for 107 yards and three scores and passed for 87 yards – all to Rio Delucia. Philip Gielow’s three-yard TD run ignited the fourth-quarter comeback, then Whittell recovered an onside kick to set up Concha-Foley’s score from a yard out.
Concha-Foley also had seven- and 30-yard touchdown runs in the first and third quarters. Gielow led the Warriors in rushing with 120 yards and found the end zone twice.
A 21-point second quarter, including a touchdown pass on the half’s final play, put North Tahoe ahead 28-12 at halftime.
“They just ripped off some big plays,” said Whittell coach John Summers. “The third TD of the (second) quarter was a tough one to give up.”
North Tahoe, however, scored only once in a second half that was dominated by Whittell, 20-7.
“We just have to find a way to quit giving up the big plays; a couple of fumbles set them up to score. That’s something we’ve been pretty good at (avoiding),” Summers said.
Whittell, 1-4 in the Northern 2A, will play at Lovelock on Friday. The Mustangs are the only unbeaten team in the league after blanking Yerington last Friday.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Summers said.