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Lakers lose on Dollar Hill

Alex Close/Sierra SunThe North Tahoe defensive line teams up to bring down a Rite of Passage runner on Saturday. ROP won 45-13.

While the Lakers’ exciting win over Incline last week was hard to follow, the North Tahoe football team didn’t do a whole lot to match it, dropping this week’s game against visiting Right of Passage, 45-13.

North Tahoe looked promising against a formidable opponent early on, but ROP gradually pushed the Lakers further and further down until it was apparent that they would not be getting back up.

The game opened with a Laker touchdown on a Brent Marple carry, followed by a flubbed snap on the two-point conversion, leaving North Tahoe up 6-0 right off the bat.

Even though it didn’t take the Rams long to equalize, their first touchdown was a lucky one, with a nice pop by senior Joe Erman causing a fumble that was eventually recovered by ROP in the Laker end zone.

After a bad extra-point attempt, the game was tied up at 6-6 with two minutes to play in the first quarter.

Things started to look bad for the Lakers on the kickoff, which was returned 85 yards for a touchdown despite a nice boot by Ryan Blount deep and into the corner of Ram territory.

This time, the Rams opted to go for the two points but were stopped cold in their tracks by the Laker line, which was bolstered this week by Morgan Chambers, a senior transfer student from South Tahoe High who wore the Laker blue and white for the first time.

After a failed North Tahoe drive, ROP again broke loose on the ground for a 45-yard touchdown run, followed by a flubbed exchange on the two-point conversion attempt, leaving the Lakers down 18-6 with six minutes to play in the half.

After a solid North Tahoe drive, Marple broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run. Carlos Lara made good on the extra point to bring the Lakers within five points, at 18-13, which is how the half ended.

The second half seemed a blur of solid Laker defensive line play, offensive mistakes and hard-nosed running by ROP to gruelingly increase the lead.

Despite solid goal-line defense by North Tahoe, ROP banged its first TD of the half over the line and then repeated the same blunt force running for the two points.

On the second play after the kickoff, ROP recovered a Marple fumble and made good on the drive for another six points.

Junior lineman James Laughlin shut down the two-point conversion, holding the score at 32-13.

North Tahoe’s drive off the kickoff ended with a blocked backward pass by Blount, which was recovered by ROP deep in Laker territory. It didn’t take long for the Rams to convert another six points to go up 38-13 after a failed extra point.

Sticking with the theme of the day, the Lakers’ first snap after the kickoff was fumbled and recovered by ROP on the Laker 15-yard line.

After three plays, the Rams again found the end zone and promptly converted the extra point to settle on the final score of 45-13 with 4:21 to play in the game.

A deflated Laker squad just couldn’t seem to make anything happen on the drive before turning the ball over on downs and then watching the game end with ROP taking a knee.

North Tahoe hosts Battle Mountain Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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