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POP WARNER | Jr. Pee Wees start, finish strong

Special to the Tribune

The South Tahoe Jr. Pee Wees opened up their home schedule with a dominating victory against Reno North, 25-0.

After a disappointing loss last week to Reno South, the Jr. Pee Wees were determined to get back on the winning track, and they didn’t disappoint.

Head coach Ken Robbins stressed, to the team, all week about the importance of being physical and playing an attacking style of football both defensively and offensively.

“We won’t win games by tricking the other team,” Robbins said. “We’ll win games by beating up the other team. Our goal is to get the other team to quit.”

The Jr. Pee Wees did just that Saturday, starting with a dominating tackle and fierce block on the opening kickoff. The South Tahoe Jr. Pee Wees really took to heart what the coaches asked of them this week and the result was an overwhelming victory.

Jake Tarwater led the Vikings with two touchdowns. Tarwater continues to cause problems for the opponents every week. With his size, desire and talent he will be a force in Pop Warner for years to come.

Newcomer, Mason Hage added another touchdown run for the Vikings. New to Pop Warner this season, Hage is a welcome addition to the Jr. Pee Wees.

Giovanni Morales added seven points to the score with two extra point kicks and a field goal. At this level of football it is unusual to have a player who can consistently kick field goals. The Jr. Pee Wees are fortunate to have someone with the kicking skills that Morales has. Not only did he kick field goals, but his kickoffs consistently kept the opponents pinned deep in their own territory.

The South Tahoe Jr. Pee Wees defense kept the Reno North team scoreless with outstanding performances from Derek Robbins, Jeremy Smiley, Zack Klug, Drake Lathrope, Dylan Adams Reece O’Keefe, Dylan Wade, Justin Vinson and Logan Field.

The Jr. Pee Wees also had strong performances from Jack Forvilly, Van Branch, Hayden Waters, Jack White, Gavyn Montell and Eric Toner.

UP NEXT: The South Tahoe Jr. Pee Wees travel to Carson City on Saturday to take on the Senators. Game time is 11 a.m. at Governors Field.

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