North Tahoe football hangs on for win at Whittell
The North Tahoe High football team held off a late surge by host Whittell for a 35-32 Northern 2A win Saturday.
The Lakers are now 2-3 and the Warriors 1-4.
Whittell scored twice in the final five minutes to pull within a field goal, but the Lakers recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock to spoil Whittell’s homecoming.
North Tahoe jumped all over the Warriors in the opening half, scoring seven points in the first quarter and 21 points in the second ” including a touchdown pass on the final play of the half ” to take a 28-12 lead into the break. The Lakers entered the fourth quarter up 35-18.
Then came Whittell.
“We kind of let our guard down,” North Tahoe coach Scott Everist said of the Warriors’ comeback. “I think we were doing so well offensively, we fell asleep on defense.”
What an offensive performance it was, as the Lakers accumulated 513 total yards, including 468 yards rushing on 39 carries ” an average of 12 yards per touch.
“They just ripped off some big plays,” Whittell coach John Summers said. “The third TD of the (second) quarter was a tough one to give up.”
And, to the delight of Everist, the Lakers held onto the ball.
“We eliminated our turnovers, which had been haunting us for a while,” Everist said.
North Tahoe’s Brent Marple had a stellar game on both sides of the ball.
On offense, the senior rushed for 260 yards on 16 carries and scored a touchdown, and on defense Marple recorded four solo tackles, three assists and one fumble recovery.
Joe Erman finished with 94 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Ryan Blount picked up 73 yards on three rushes ” including a 61-yard touchdown run ” and Leroy Valadez had 41 yards on seven carries. Blount also threw for a TD.
On defense, Erman recorded five solo tackles, 10 assists and one sack. Dusty Peters had five solo tackles and five assists, and Blount had four solos and five assists.
“Defensively it was not our best game,” Everist said, “so it was a learning experience.”
The North Tahoe football team hosts Yerington in its homecoming game on Saturday. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m.
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