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North Tahoe football gets offensive in second half

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Sun File PhotoNorth Tahoe quarterback and safety Ryan Blount, shown fighting for yardage against ROP on Sept. 15, rushed for a two-point conversion and made an interception during the Lakers' 38-14 win at Hawthorne on Friday.

A shorthanded but resilient North Tahoe High football team exploded for 30 second-half points en route to a 38-14 win at Hawthorne on Friday.

The Northern 2A win improved the Lakers’ record to 3-4, placing them in a fifth-place tie with Independence. Lovelock remains atop the league standings with a perfect 7-0 mark, followed by Yerington and Battle Mountain (6-1) and Rite of Passage (5-3).

“In the second half we really got going,” said Scott Everist, head coach of the Lakers. “We had a lot of penalties in the first half, but we were able to overcome those in the second half.

“We played like we should have been playing, and pretty much dominated from there.”

Everist said due to injuries and academic ineligibility issues, only 18 Laker players suited up.

“I was pleased with the way they performed,” Everist said. … “The kids played hard; they played well.”

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Senior running back Carlos Lara gave his team the lead in the first half with the first of his two touchdowns on the day. Senior Brent Marple rushed for the two-point conversion to give North Tahoe an 8-0 lead.

Hawthorne matched the Laker touchdown to even the score entering the half.

During the break, Everist said he “changed a few things,” and his team responded.

Lara led the charge with another TD to open the second half. Senior quarterback Ryan Blount then ran in the two-point conversion to put the Lakers in front by a score of 16-8.

Marple, the Lakers workhorse on both sides of the ball, scored a TD in the third quarter, then rushed for the two-point conversion to extend his team’s lead.

Not to be left out of the scoring action, North Tahoe’s defense stepped up with a Taylor Good interception that was returned about 30 yards for another touchdown. The play highlighted an improved effort from the Laker secondary, Everist said, adding that Blount ” a safety when not on offense ” also made an interception in the game.

Sophomore Andrew Auerbach capped the scoring with a 5-yard rushing touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

School League Overall

Lovelock 7-0 7-0

Yerington 6-1 6-1

B. Mountain 6-1 6-1

ROP 5-2 5-3

Independence 3-4 3-4

North Tahoe 3-4 3-4

Whittell 2-5 2-5

Silver Stage 2-5 2-5

Incline 1-6 1-6

Hawthorne 0-6 0-6

Yerington 28, Incline 0

Lovelock 59, Silver Stage 0

Battle Mountain 48, ROP 22

Whittell 28, Independence 24

Needles 50, White Pine 0

The Meadows 28, Lincoln County 20

The North Tahoe football team plays at Silver Stage on Friday at 7:30 p.m.