North Tahoe football: Lakers fall to explosive Vandals team
North Tahoe 0, Eureka 56
N. Tahoe 0 0 0 0 — 0
Eureka 40 0 8 8 — 56
Individual Stats (North Tahoe only)
RUSHING — N, 33-153: Mercogliano 8-87; Perez 16-48; Buhler 6-14; Lutz 3-4.
PASSING — N: Mercogliano 5-10-113-2-0.
RECEIVING — N: Hurt 3-65; Lamberth 2-48.
The Lakers ran into an explosive, undefeated Eureka football team on the road Friday, falling 56-0.
The Vandals, who improved to 7-0 and are averaging more than 54 points per game, set the tone with a 40-point first quarter.
North Tahoe gained 266 yards of total offense, including 153 yards on the ground and 113 yards through the air.
Freshman quarterback Thomas Mercogliano completed five of his 10 pass attempts, with two interceptions, and rushed for a team-high 87 yards on eight carries.
North Tahoe freshman Kevin Perez finished with 48 yards on 16 carries, and senior Jacob Buhler had 14 yards on six carries. Junior receiver Brett Hurt caught three passes for 65 yards, and freshman Dalton Lamberth caught two for 48 yards.
Defensively, Mercogliano and Hurt tallied 10 and nine tackles, respectively, including seven solo tackles apiece. Lamberth and Perez each had five tackles, and Ethan Everist and Buhler each had four.
Perez and Mercogliano both caused a fumble, and Lamberth had a fumble recovery.
The Lakers will end their independent, 8-man season with another tough game, as they host undefeated Whittell (7-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Warriors are averaging more than 57 points per game, highlighted by an 83-18 win over Sierra Lutheran, and have recorded four shutouts.
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