More shutouts for undefeated Pop Warner teams
The South Tahoe Pop Warner Peewee and Junior Peewee football teams have been pitching more shutouts than Roger Clemens.
The Peewees, who have yet to give up a point this season, blanked the Truckee Wolverines 27-0 last Saturday in Truckee. Behind the penetration of defensive lineman Zack Petray, Marshall Curtzwiler and Nicolas Creel and three quarterback sacks by Tyler Slater, Truckee only generated 54 total yards. Three turnovers and five sacks also made it tough on the Wolverine offense.
“From the starting kickoff we controlled the tempo of the game, playing hard for all four quarters,” said Peewees coach David Slater. “The offense was on fire, controlling the clock and ball, rolling up 316 total yards and the defense overpowering (Truckee).”
Prior to the Peewees’ shutout, the Junior Peewees blanked Truckee 27-0 as Andrew Thiel, Shilo Anderson and Kyle Miller blocked punts and Preston Quick recorded 21Ú2 quarterback sacks and picked off a pass.
Head coach Shawn Miller has given his Junior Peewees added incentive to shut out opponents.
“Cumulative points scored against us is how many downups we do in two sets,” said Miller of the warm-up drill that some players detest.
So far, the team is crunching out six down-ups in each set.
Other defensive stars for the Junior Peewees were cornerback Robert Bartevian, who intercepted a pass and made five tackles; linebacker Eric Edwards, five tackles; and Kyle Miller, quarterback sack.
Offensively, the Junior Peewees shot out to a 24-0 lead after only five minutes of play. Michael Nanzig only touched the rock twice but rushed for 105 yards and scored twice. Jason Rogers had a 5-yard TD run and 30 yards rushing and A.J. Villalobos ran 10 yards for a touchdown.
The holes were created by offensive lineman Scott Pearce, Cody Rodgers, Rafael Gutierrez, T.J. Roberts, Kyle Miller and Preston Quick, who made up for a tough performance against Feather River the previous week.
“They got it together from week before, standing still in their stance and firing off the line together,” coach Miller said.
Kicker Craig Kondoff made 3-of-4 conversion attempts for six points.
The onesided game enabled coach Miller to use some players to carry the football who had never done it before.
The 3-0 Junior Peewees meet the Sparks Wolfpack tonight at 8 at Don Mello Park in Sparks.
Rigel Garman and Cody Shindelbower each rushed more than 100 yards and combined for three touchdown runs. Garman carried the pigskin 16 times for 121 yards and two TDs, while Shindelbower had 17 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown.
They made their hay behind the trench work of Hunter Morgan, Kevin Capone, Michael Scaramella, Matt Villescas, Daniel Colin, Jake Williams, Connor Cason and Jake Braun. Down-field blocking by wide receivers Connor Yingling, Christian Pielaet-Bajada and Tanner McAvoy got the backs extra yards, according to Slater.
A quartet of other ballcarriers led to an additional 70 yards of real estate and a score. Austin Buyak and Tyler Slater each rushed for 24 yards and Morgan and Hunter Lau went for 11 yards. Lau’s run was good for six points. Braun contributed a two-point conversion kick.
Joebacci Zanetell spearheaded the stingy defense, making 11 tackles. Slater contributed nine tackles, Tyler Nesbitt eight, Buyak seven and Lau six. Marcus Dabash and Brandon Jones each added four tackles, while Shindelbower, Garman, Jake Williams, Ian Fonken and Dylan Puleri each had three. Marshall Curtzwiler, Zack Petray, Matt Villescas, Nicolas Creel two and Braun all recorded two tackles.
Shindelbower and Creel recovered fumbles, while Brandon Jones picked off a pass. Zanetell and Lau also sacked the quarterback.
Next up for the 3-0 Peewees are the Reno 49ers on Saturday at 1 p.m. at South Tahoe High.