Improved Lakers fall to unbeaten Battle Mountain |

Improved Lakers fall to unbeaten Battle Mountain

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun file photoNorth Tahoe High junior running back Spencer Marple runs the ball against Incline on Sept. 8.

North Tahoe’s football team is improving, and the Lakers are looking forward to playing at home after five straight games on the road.

The Lakers’ most recent trip to play Battle Mountain on Saturday was another in a line of tough contests, as North Tahoe suffered a 44-8 loss at the hands of one of the top teams in the Northern 2A.

According to head Laker coach Scott Everist, his team is improving, despite the score.

Everist said that many teams this year have been down by 40 points to the unbeaten Battle Mountain Longhorns (5-0) by halftime. North Tahoe trailed 17-0 when the first half ended.

The head coach was very proud of his team’s performance.

“(Battle Mountain was) by far one of the best games we’ve played this season,” Everist said.

He said his team forced turnovers, stood up for goal-line stands and the Laker offense moved the ball forward.

While Everist said Battle Mountain opened the floodgates in the second half, and that he thought his team might get shut out, junior Brent Marple returned a kickoff for a touchdown and then completed a pass for the conversion to put eight points on the board for North Tahoe.

Besides performing well, Everist said the North Tahoe players have a great attitude coming off their road trip.

He said his players were happy after the game and are looking forward to their homecoming game this Saturday against Whittell.

“Overall we’ve improved greatly,” Everist said of his team’s progress this season.

With some of their toughest games on the road behind them, the Lakers can focus now on their homecoming battle against Whittell, which has lost 21 consecutive games, leaving North Tahoe with a very legitimate chance for its first win of the season on homecoming weekend against a basin rival.

Check out North Tahoe’s homecoming performance this Saturday at 1 p.m. on Dollar Hill.

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