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Pop Warner Roundup

Courtesy of Thomas O'Keefe The Mighty Mites defensive line sets up against the Sparks Wolf Pack at South Tahoe High School Saturday. The boys won 34-6 against an undefeated Sparks.

Pee Wee boys lead Pop WarnerThe Junior Pee Wee Vikings claimed first place Friday with a 44-19 win against the Sparks Steelers, a previously undefeated team. Tyler Wattanachinda led the offensive charge, gaining more than 200 yards and collecting three touchdowns. Henry Vacakis, James Knudson, and Zack Pexa all added scores too. The offensive line, led by Colby Glaze, Trent Dingman and Gunnar Barnwell, cleared the way by opening huge running lanes for the South Tahoe’s backs. The defense held tough, allowing few big plays while the Vikings widened their lead. Linebackers Kody Griffis and James Knudson controlled the Steelers offense from the first snap. The line caused problems for the Steelers’ offense, which was unable to push back or create any running room. “This was a total team effort, and I am extremely proud of how our young men handled themselves in a very intense game,” head coach Sean Griffis said in email. “When the Steelers started to lose control and take shots at our boys, they kept their composure and did not retaliate. They played hard and clean from the first to the last snap of the ball game.”Mighty Mites take care of businessThe South Tahoe Mighty Mites chalked up another impressive win Saturday. The boys took on the Sparks Wolf Pack and came away with a 34-6 win. It was the team’s best game of the season, Head coach Thomas O’Keefe said. The boys turned in another dominating performance on defense and a near flawless effort on offense.Derek Robbins, Jeremy Smiley and Jake Tarwater all made it into the end zone for touchdowns. They ran behind the fierce offensive line that consisted of Liam Molesworth, Malachi Womack, Isiah Daley, Reece O’keefe, Hayden Waters, Aiden Rippet and Justin Vinson. Jake Tarwater and Malachi Womack also connected for a big 20-yard pass to convert a first down on a fourth down play.The South Tahoe Mighty Mites defense defended their home field to the last whistle. The defense was led by a tough group of linebackers, smart cornerbacks and a relentless defensive line. Reece O’Keefe led the defense with six tackles for loses. Tarwater, Womack, Smiley and Robbins all turned in several big tackles.The Mighty Mites take on the Douglas Tigers Saturday at 3 p.m. Spectators are encouraged.Tiny Mites take it on the roadThe South Tahoe Tiny Mites took it to the road last Friday as they traveled to play a night game against the Spark Steelers. Joel Gomez Jr. found the end zone three times, but two of his touchdowns were called back on penalties. Gomez has scored in five consecutive games. Garrett Frederico also led the offense with his running and passing. He contributed countless tackles on defense. Andre Smith, Zander Labonte and Caiden Ahumaker made big plays on defense. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Anthony Rounds Jr., Omar Manzano, Seth Fena, Benjamin Arellano, David Barnhart and Sayers Tanner. “We went to Sparks with 11 players and those 11 players gave it all they had out there, playing offense and defense the entire game,” head coach Joel Gomez said in email. “They have tons of heart.” The Tiny Mites will play Saturday at South Tahoe High School at 1 p.m. —Compiled by staff

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