Junior Midgets beat Sparks for second straight victory
Two straight victories give the South Tahoe Junior Midget Vikings some momentum heading into Friday’s game with league-leading Carson City.
South Tahoe bolted to a 20-6 first-half lead against the Sparks Cardinals last Friday and hung on for a 20-19 victory at Don Mello Sports Complex in Sparks.
“This was the most exciting game of the year. Our boys came to play in the first half,” said Junior Midgets’ coach Scott Morgan. “Our defense in the fourth quarter dominated, stopping the Cardinals on their final drive of the game.”
South Tahoe offensive leaders were A.J. Villalobos with 69 yards rushing and a touchdown; Michael Nanzig with 59 rushing yards; Tanner Burghard with 34 rushing yards, a touchdown and two extra point conversions; Jake Williams with 32 yards on the ground and a score; and Ian Himes with 40 yards of real estate.
Burghard also hooked up with Himes and Williams for passes totalling 57 yards.
Defensive stars were Williams, Hunter Morgan and Logan Snyder with five tackles and a quarterback sack apiece. Other contributors on defense were Cody Rogers, Cale Backinger and Andrew Thiel with four tackles; Crew Goralski, Nanzig, Villalobos and Burghard with three tackles; and Dakota Cronin, Tim Kern, Skyler Miller with two tackles.
The Junior Midgets (2-3) play Carson (5-0) at 8 p.m. Friday at Governor’s Field.
Peewees improve to 4-1
Officially, the South Tahoe Peewee Vikings beat North Tahoe by forfeit last Friday, but the South Shore squad also proved it on the field.
Skylar Sheldon made two long touchdown receptions and picked off two passes to trigger South Tahoe’s 26-6 win over the Rams at the Community Playfields.
North Tahoe only brought 13 players – three below the minimum 16 needed for the Pop Warner Sagebrush League division.
Other spark plugs for the Peewees were Joey Anderson with 100 yards rushing, including a 64-yard touchdown scamper; John Cefalu with 100 yards through the air and Ethan Hoffman with a touchdown.
Joey Wightman and Jerret Fajman also had interceptions as South Tahoe picked the Rams four times. Christian Bishop made his defensive debut for the Peewees and made his first two tackles.
The Peewees (4-1) meet Carson at noon Saturday at South Tahoe High. The teams met in the season opener on Sept. 7, with South Tahoe winning 6-0.
“Our offense and defense are stronger since then,” said Peewees’ coach Shawn Miller.
Zanetell, Nesbitt star for Midgets
Linebackers Joebacci Zanetell and Tyler Nesbitt combined for 22 tackles in the South Tahoe Midgets’ 28-0 defeat to the Douglas Tigers last Friday in Gardnerville.
Zanetell led the Midget Vikings with 14 tackles and rushed for 49 yards on nine carries. Noseguard C.J. Daniels recovered a fumble.
The Midgets (1-4) play host to Truckee at 2 p.m. Saturday at STHS.
“On our best day we have 20 players on the roster. Injuries left us going into the Truckee game with 18 players; Truckee has 17 players, so it should be a good game,” said coach Pat Snyder.
First-year players include Gary Gingh, Brian Hogan, Kayliegh Smiley, Rafa Gutierrez, Jacob Stowell, Garrett Giffin and David Ziello.
“New players make up a good part of our squad and have shown big improvements each week,” Snyder said.
Stowell has paid immediate dividends with his all-around play. He has returned a kickoff for a touchdown and intercepted a pass. Against Douglas, the receiver/tailback had nine touches for 45 yards and eight tackles as a safety.
The backs have been running behind an offensive line consisting of Daniels, Patrick Snyder, Pierce Bickert, Connor Cason and Colin Cooney.
Brandon Bannar also delivered a big game against Douglas, making 10 tackles from his cornerback position.
“Brandon has destroyed the passing attack of most teams,” Snyder said. “He recently started in the backfield, providing both great blocking and runs.”
Earlier in the season, Josh Bergstrom kicked a 42-yard field goal in a 21-0 win over Fallon. He has also been one of the team’s top offensive threats with four rushing touchdowns.
Marshall Curtzwiler has impressed his coach with his blocking at slotback, has caught three passes for 35 yards and intercepted a pass.
Tiny Mites back in action Friday
After a bye week, the South Tahoe Tiny Mites play the Sparks Wolfpack at 8 p.m. Friday at Don Mello Sports Complex in Sparks. The Mighty Mites are scheduled to play the Sparks Steelers at 10 a.m. Saturday at STHS.
The Junior Peewees, who lost to the Reno Falcons 27-6 last Friday, will play the Carson Senators on Friday at 8 p.m. at Governor’s Field.