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South Tahoe pulls away in second half to down Sparks
by Tribune Staff
Oct 18, 2013 | 1097 views | 3 3 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the first time this fall, the Sparks High football team found itself in contention at halftime. Unfortunately for the Railroaders, they couldn't muster enough offense to hang around and were saddled with a 33-7 road loss at South Tahoe in a Div. I-A North League affair Friday night.

Sparks quarterback Mastor Sells hit wide receiver Jervontae Churchill on a 25-yard fade route for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. The score helped Sparks trim the South Tahoe lead to six, 13-7, at the break.

Sparks (0-7) could not keep momentum on its side. South Tahoe got the ball first in the second half and scored on its opening drive of the third quarter, extending its edge to 19-7. The 12-point gap remained intact until early in the fourth quarter when South Tahoe (1-6) scored again, effectively ending the game by taking a 26-7 advantage.

"I felt good at halftime," Sparks coach Rob Kittrell said. "South Tahoe came out with a lot of emotion on its Senior Night. It got two quick ones on us. But we held them even from there until the end of the half. We were hoping momentum had turned and we'd be OK. Then they got the opening kickoff of the second half and scored on that drive. It kind of took the wind out of our sails."

The California school added another touchdown later in the fourth quarter to account for the final 33-7 score.

The game looked like it might get ugly quick as the host Vikings posted a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to go on top 14-0 early. The Sparks defense stiffened and did not give up another score until early in the third quarter.

"Offensively, we were able to get out to midfield and hold field position, but every time we'd get something going, the same old thing would hurt us. We'd self implode.

"We played better tonight, but we've got to get a lot more physical on defense and offensively we have to stop imploding. We're not an offense that's built for second and long or third and long."

Sparks plays host to Dayton Thursday night at 7 p.m.

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October 19, 2013
October 19, 2013
SHS needs to remove this coach! You can expect the same results the rest of this season.
Rost Olsen
October 20, 2013
That's one of the dumbest things I've ever read. No one has given as much to Sparks High over the last 20 years as Rob Kittrell. Coaching is not the issue. Kids are coming to play at Sparks with little to no experience in playing football, and Coach K is making the best out of it. No one would get more out of those kids, not even Sellers or Dalton. (Dalton would have probably been forced to use his "recruiting" skills. People in Fallon are familiar with it.)
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