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Whittell to face rival Highlanders

Throw out the records. When Incline and Whittell meet in football, the only thing that matters is victory.

“Regardless of how well Incline and Whittell match up, it will always be a rivalry game,” Incline coach Ryan Sims told the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspaper. “Emotions run very high for this game. Whittell has a threatening offense and has shown they can put up points with the best in our league.”

Incline (1-7) is coming off a 49-0 loss last week to Northern 2A frontrunner Lovelock. The Highlanders, who have been outscored 129-6 in their past three games, expect a little more competitive affair tonight at 6 in Incline Village.

Whittell (2-6), which has wins this season over Independence and Hawthorne, is also hoping to finish the 2007 season on a positive note.

“The win would be huge,” said WHS sophomore running back Cody Nelson. “For the seniors, this would be huge for them to go 3-6. And it would definitely help us take the momentum into next season. We are looking to come out hard, strong and fast … and set the tone on defense.”

Incline won last year’s game 28-0, though the game was tied 0-0 at halftime.

STHS closes out with Damonte

The South Tahoe football team has a chance to do something it hasn’t done the past two seasons when it travels this afternoon to face Damonte Ranch in a Sierra League game at 3 p.m. in Reno.

The Vikings (1-8 overall, 1-5 league) have only won one game the past two seasons and haven’t closed out either season with a win. The Mustangs provide them with a decent opportunity to end both streaks.

Damonte (3-6, 2-5) is coming off a 49-13 defeat to Reno last week, while the Vikings suffered a 40-13 loss to the Douglas Tigers.

South Tahoe’s lone victory was a 21-20 homecoming triumph over playoff-bound North Valleys, which defeated Damonte 34-26 earlier this season.

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