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North Tahoe football: Mercogliano’s 696 all-purpose yards lead way in homecoming rout

Staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Thomas Mercogliano had himself a day Saturday.

The dual-threat quarterback racked up 440 total yards on offense and four touchdowns, steering the North Tahoe football team to a 63-6 homecoming win over Tonopah on Saturday at North Tahoe High School.

Operating in an option-heavy offense, Mercogliano rushed for 319 yards and three TDs on just 13 carries (a whopping 24.5 yards per carry) and passed for 121 yards with a score on 5-of-8 passing, putting his imprint on the Lakers' rout early and often.

If that wasn't enough, the sophomore charted 256 return yards — meaning he accounted for an incredible 696 all-purpose yards — and flashed his athleticism on defense with two interceptions.

North Tahoe leapt to a 27-0 first-quarter lead and kept a stronghold on Tonopah the rest of the way.

Aiding the Lakers' rout was Nathan Lutz, who rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns on six carries. Joe Pierce added 33 yards on the ground and a TD.

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Brett Hurt led in receiving with 88 yards on two grabs while Eli Snyder had 33 yards and a touchdown on three catches.

Defensively, Joe Pierce anchored the Lakers with 10 tackles. Hurt and Snyder added eight tackles apiece.

North Tahoe (2-2) will look to keep the pace at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Wells (3-2).