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North Tahoe football continues home streak

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Alex Close/Sierra SunErnesto Mendoza hops over some Silver Sage defenders during North Tahoe's 28-0 victory on Saturday. Mendoza scored one touchdown on the day.

North Tahoe’s football team won its third consecutive home game Saturday on Dollar Hill, improving to 3-6 on the season with a 28-0 win over Silver Stage.

The North Tahoe scoreboard lit up first just minutes into the first quarter on a goal-line scramble that came after an initial touchdown was called back due to a North Tahoe penalty.

With 45 seconds to play in the first period, Ernesto Mendoza recovered a fumble on a goal-line stop to give possession of the ball back to North Tahoe.

It was junior Joe Erman who converted on the recovery with a 64-yard touchdown run. North Tahoe led 14-0 after a successful extra point.

Things stayed quiet until about five minutes remaining in the third quarter, when Marple made a lovely diving catch on the goal line, then broke through Silver Stage’s defensive line on the next play for a touchdown. The Lakers led 21-0 after the extra point.

The final touchdown came with 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. It was Leroy Valadez who blasted through on a goal-line drive to put the Lakers up 28-0, a score that held through the end of the game.

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North Tahoe struggled with penalties, mostly offside calls and false starts, tallying nearly a dozen by halftime.

Lakers head coach Scott Everist was visibly irate at having to watch his players make a gain within reach of the goal line and then suffer self-inflicted penalties that pushed them back for an overall loss.

However, after halftime the Lakers’ play seemed largely void of problems.

“I lit into them at halftime,” Everist said. “We played much better execution-wise in the second half.”

North Tahoe plays at home this week in its last game of the season. With a perfect 3-0 record so far this year on Dollar Hill, Everist said he hopes his team can finish what it started.

“We haven’t lost at home yet,” Everist said. “Hopefully we’ll keep it that way.”

Sophomore tackle Ari Narlock is confident with the way his team has been playing and the results it has been getting.

“We rock!” Narlock said following the win.

North Tahoe hosts Independence on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its final contest of the season. The Lakers, competing this season under independent status while making a transition from the Northern 3A to 2A, must forego postseason play.