STPW Pee Wee Vikings beat Sparks 26-0 in playoff opener |

STPW Pee Wee Vikings beat Sparks 26-0 in playoff opener

Tribune staff report

South Tahoe Pop Warner Pee Wee football players celebrate the Vikings’ 26-0 win over Sparks on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.

The South Tahoe Pop Warner Pee Wee Vikings battled through the wind and rain Saturday to make a strong postseason debut. The Vikings beat the Sparks Saints 26-0 at Viking Stadium in their playoff opener, advancing to the semifinals.

South Tahoe (7-1) had solid performances from its entire team in the victory. Jake Tarwater scored twice for the Vikings in the win, and Zach Pexa and Giovani Morales each found the end zone once.

The Vikings executed their offense with the help of the offensive line: Logan Field, Jeremy Smiley, Dante Velasco, Devon Sukha, Giovanni Fena, Drake Lathrop, Dylan Wade, Derek Robbins and Nathan Singelyn. The team's two successful extra points were both converted by Mason Hage.

Defensively, South Tahoe held Sparks throughout the game to record its second shutout in a row and fourth of the season. Defensive standouts included Robbins, Lathrop, Smiley, Tarwater, Pexa, Morales, Singelyn, Fena, Hage, Kaden Leake, Jake Whisnant and Tyler Meek. Jaden Aquino also delivered a strong performance against Sparks.

With the victory, South Tahoe advances to meet Truckee (6-2) in the Sagebrush Empire semifinals. The Vikings will host the Wolverines on Sunday at Viking Stadium — kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.


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South Tahoe Pop Warner's Jr. Midget and Jr. Pee Wee teams each won first round games last week to advance in the postseason. Both teams return to action this weekend — the Jr. Pee Wee Vikings face Truckee in Sparks on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the Jr. Midget Vikings host Sparks at Viking Stadium on Sunday at noon.