Lakers lose battle with Yerington |

Lakers lose battle with Yerington

The North Tahoe High football team dropped to 1-6 on the season with a 26-14 non-league loss at Yerington on Friday night.

Despite the final score, this loss came at the hands of a Yerington squad that is 5-1 overall and is a solid second-place at 4-1 in the Northern 2A league ” which the Lakers hope to join next year after playing an independent schedule this season.

“I think it was one of the best games we’ve played this year,” said Lakers head coach Scott Everist, who had 24 players suited up. “Yerington is a pretty tough team. We shot ourselves in the foot a few times in the second half, but the kids played tough.

“Now we’re looking forward to ending the season with three games at home.”

Following a Yerington 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, junior fullback Ernesto Mendoza put the Lakers on the board with a 65-yard dash into the end zone.

After another Lions score in the first quarter, this time on a 1-yard rush, the Lakers answered back with an 8-yard TD run by senior tight end Colin Blount. Brent Marple, starting at quarterback for an injured Ryan Blount, connected with junior fullback Joe Erman for the two-point conversion, giving North Tahoe a 14-12 lead.

Yerington then scored touchdowns in the second and third quarters on runs of 1 and 13 yards, and the Lakers were unable to respond.

“We moved the ball pretty well. We just had some penalties and turnovers that hurt us,” Everist said of the second half. “We played great Friday night, but couldn’t make it count when we needed to.”

Mendoza led the Lakers with 144 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes.

Colin Blount added 30 yards on seven carries and Marple 27 yards on five carries. Freshman Leroy Valadez chipped in 12 yards on three rushes and caught one pass for 12 yards, and Erman caught one pass for 17 yards. Brandon Alves, a senior tight end, also hauled in a pass for 9 yards.

On a horrible night for passing, as rain and even lightning greeted the game, Marple completed 2 of 6 passes for 29 yards. Mendoza also threw once for a 9-yard gain.

Everist said Marple, who played in his second game at quarterback, is only going to improve.

“When Brent gets more proficient throwing the ball, it’s going to open a lot of things up for us,” the coach said, adding that the Lakers continue to improve as the season progresses.

“Compared to a few weeks ago, we’re playing much better football,” he said.

The Lakers host Hawthorne Saturday at 2 p.m., then finish against Silver Stage and Independence.

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