Pop Warner football teams celebrate perfect weekend
October 8, 2008
The South Tahoe Pop Warner Teams had an unbeatable weekend as all five teams posted wins.
The Tiny Mites outscored the Reno Cowboys 36-30. Logan Field and Jeremy Smiley led the offense, opening holes for the running backs all night long. Dylan Martin led the defense with several touchdown-saving tackles.
“Our defense stepped it up in the fourth quarter, played with all their heart and sealed the victory for us,” said South Tahoe coach Shane Davis.
The Mitey Mites also won against the Reno Cowboys. Nick Durham and Andrew Herrera made several tackles and pressured the quarterback throughout as South Tahoe edged the Cowboys 7-6.
Jake Miller, Ben Howell and Nate Eschleman created holes for the running backs, and Tommy Cefalu scored the only South Tahoe touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Cefalu’s score came on fourth and 20 with only a few minutes left in the game.
“It was really exciting to see our young teams join with the high school squads this week to go undefeated,” said South Tahoe coach Tony Gooding. “I think we are really showing that South Tahoe football is heading forward and will be a force to reckon with in the future.”
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The Junior Peewees posted a 19-13 victory against the Reno Cowboys. “Hard running efforts from Kolby Eymann, Dakota Lynch and Cale Quistgard kept the Cowboys on their boot heels,” said South Tahoe coach Eric Quistgard.
In addition to helping on offense, Cale Quistgard was creditted with 25 tackles on defense. “His tenacity was absolutely the difference that allowed us to win the game,” coach Quistgard said.
On a breezy day in Fallon, the Peewee Vikings took it to the Greenwave in dominant fashion, winning 33-8. Jared Fajman returned the opening kickoff 65 yards for his first of two touchdowns. Gabriel Carranza, Cory Plummer and Travis Perrine also scored touchdowns.
“Carranza powered our offense with several impressive off-tackle carries as well,” said South Tahoe coach Jamie Guinta. The Peewees’ defense allowed very few rushing yards and intercepted five passes, including two picks by Blake Peterson.
In the Junior Midgets game, many outstanding efforts on both sides of the ball led to a strong 30-0 win against the North Lake Tahoe Rams. Taylor Weik, Tyler Sharp, Skylar Sheldon and Jason Rodgers teamed up with quarterback John Cefalu for more than 200 yards passing in the rain. Joey Anderson and Kyle Moreno kept the attack balanced with 143 yards on the ground.
“Our offensive line was brilliant in the second half, allowing four or more seconds of pass protection and gave up only one sack all game,” said Junior Midgets coach Shawn Miller. The defense came to play as well, allowing only three firstdowns.
All five teams play Friday night. There are two games scheduled at the Community Playfields in South Lake Tahoe: The Tiny Mites meet the Carson Senators at 6 p.m. and the Peewees kick off at 8 p.m. against the Carson Senators. The Mitey Mites travel to Carson’s Governor’s Field to play the Senators at 8 p.m. The Junior Peewee game against the Reno Ravens begins at 8 pm at Mira Loma Park, and the Junior Midgets visit the Wolfpack at Sparks Golden Eagle Park at 8 p.m.
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