North Tahoe football | Hoffmann grinds out 185 yards rushing at first-place Yerington |

North Tahoe football | Hoffmann grinds out 185 yards rushing at first-place Yerington

The visiting North Tahoe football team out-rushed undefeated Yerington on Friday night but still came up short, 50-20, against the first-place Lions.

The Lakers dominated time of possession in the Northern 2A contest with an efficient running game, which ate up 280 yards on 51 rushes. Senior running back Chris Hoffmann, at 5-7 and 150 pounds, gained 185 yards on 18 carries to lead the way.

The Lions, who rushed for 252 yards on 28 carries, aired the ball out more, as quarterback Mikey Garner connected on a couple of first-half touchdown passes to Riley Neville to give Yerington a 22-0 lead early in the second quarter.

North Tahoe got on the board in the second quarter when Hoffmann broke off a 51-yard touchdown run. But the Lions had more than one answer as they took a 36-6 into the half.

Hoffmann provided a spark once again in the third quarter when he took a handoff and sprinted 52 yards for a touchdown. Senior quarterback Brendon Arnold scored the Lakers’ final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run.

Fullback Matt Grijalva gained 47 yards on nine carries for North Tahoe, while Arnold had 21 yards on 15 rushes and Brandon Hayakawa finished with 16 yards on seven carries.

Arnold completed two of his nine passes for 36 yards, with one interception. Connor Altick caught one pass for 32 yards and Oakley Keeler caught one for four yards.

North Tahoe head coach Scott Everist said the Lakers’ offensive line is playing better as the team continues to show signs of improvement. The Lakers are now 1-4 overall and in league play.

Yerington is 6-0 overall and 5-0 in league entering its first-place clash this Friday against Pershing County, which also is undefeated in the Northern 2A.

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