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North Tahoe football | Lakers put scare in ROP

Sun Staff report

The North Tahoe football team put host Rite of Passage to the test before falling short, 26-14, this past Friday.

Despite not having their top running back at 100 percent, the Lakers led 14-12 at the half and played a solid game overall against an athletic Rams squad, said North Tahoe head coach Scott Everist. But ROP scored two unanswered touchdowns in the second half to secure the win.

and#8220;We did play well. The team has improved greatly over the past five weeks,and#8221; Everist said.

Senior running back Chris Hoffmann suffered a leg injury and was unable to perform to his capability, as he was limited to just 5 yards on 11 carries.

Fullback Matt Grijalva and quarterback Brendon Arnold picked up the slack in the running game. Arnold carried the ball nine times for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Grijalva finished with 38 yards on five touches. Brandon Hayakawa gained 14 yards on two rushes.

In the passing game, Arnold finished 6-of-15 for 141 yards, with one interception. Senior receiver Oakley Keeler was responsible for a large chunk of that yardage, as he hauled in one pass that went for 96 yards, which was the longest in North Tahoe history, Everist said.

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Senior receiver Connor Altick caught five passes for 45 yards, while Colin Spencer scored the Lakers’ other TD when he scooped up a fumble and ran it into the end zone.

With a 1 p.m. start time, the desert heat began to take its toll on the Lakers as the game wore on, Everist said, as did a number of big plays by the Rams.

Four different players scored touchdowns for ROP, which was led by Andre Satterlund’s 113 yards rushing on 13 carries. The Lakers held quarterback Shaiitarrio Brown to just 66 yards on 3-of-13 passing.

North Tahoe fell to 1-7 in Northern 2A league play while ROP improved to 4-2 in league and 5-3 overall.