North Tahoe football | Lakers have tough day at Coleville

Dave Price

Coleville 56, North Tahoe 0

North Tahoe 0- 0-0-0 — 0

Coleville 8-34-6-8 — 56

This was supposed to be the Coleville’s first serious test of the season.

Sparked by five touchdown passes in the second quarter, however, the Wolves (2-0) took care of business Saturday on their way to a 56-0 nonleague 8-man football victory against North Tahoe.

A surprise? You bet. Especially since North Tahoe, a former Division III program now playing as an independent, came into the contest with a 2-0 record.

“They are pretty physical across the line,” Coleville coach Will Sandy said. “Watching them in warm-ups, I was pretty concerned.”

Seth Huhta was 9-for-13 in the passing department, good for 130 yards and those five touchdown passes in the second quarter — three to Miguel Saldivar and two to Nestor Gutierrez.

The senior quarterback also rushed for 76 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown run on Coleville’s opening possession. Huhta also ran for six PAT conversions.

Huhta did throw an interception on Coleville’s second possession. However, the defense held and Huhta blocked the Lakers’ ensuing field goal attempt.

It was the start of a solid day for a defensive unit that had nine tackles for 47 yards in losses, a fumble recovery by Ashton Mitchell and the blocked field goal attempt.

“Their quarterback is a pretty athletic kid who runs the read option well,” Sandy said of North Tahoe junior QB Brandon Hayakawa. “We don’t see that very often, but the guys just did a great job. It wasn’t like they had a lot of turnovers; we just had a lot of stops.”

North Tahoe coach Scott Everist said the Lakers simply weren’t on their game Saturday, as they were unable to break off any long scoring plays like they did the previous two weeks in wins over Whittell and Pyramid Lake.

“Coleville was a well-prepared team,” Everist said. “We just had a tough day. Many parts of the offense just didn’t click for us on Saturday. We played well in the first quarter but fell apart quickly after too many penalties and broken plays.

“We were just out of sorts the whole day. We have a bye this week and hopefully can heal up and be ready to play at the level we did in the first two games.”

— Sierra Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.

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