North Tahoe football falls short at home |

North Tahoe football falls short at home

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe junior Parker Laughlin tries to escape the grips of Independence defenders in the second quarter of Saturday's loss. Laughlin had two touchdowns in the game.

The North Tahoe football team lost 40-21 in a rainy home game against Independence on Saturday.

The game slipped away from the Lakers (2-3 league, 2-4 overall) just before the half despite rushing for three touchdowns in the first two quarters.

Junior Parker Laughlin led the Lakers’ offense in the first half with two touchdowns, while teammate Forrest Wiens ran in the third score from 20 yards out. A two-point conversion and one successful point-after attempt gave the Lakers 21 points going into the break.

The Colts matched the Lakers’ every move, however, scoring four touchdowns of their own in the first half, including one late in the second quarter off an interception to take a 26-21 lead.

The third quarter was a grudge match as neither team managed any successful drives.

North Tahoe’s defense showed promise early in the fourth quarter as it stopped an Independence drive on its own 1-yard line. The Laker offense struggled getting the ball up field on the next possession, however, as Independence sacked North Tahoe quarterback Mitchell Conn in his own end zone for a safety.

Leading 28-21 after the safety, Independence took the ensuing kickoff and immediately drove back to the Laker end zone for another touchdown.

North Tahoe beared down and tried to rally, but the Colts picked off another Laker pass and ran it back for a touchdown just before the game ended.

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