Peewee Vikings off to 3-0 start
There has been a common theme in all three of the South Lake Tahoe Peewee Vikings’ football games this month: The Peewees have been a touchdown better than each of their opponents.
Consequently, the Peewee Vikings sit atop the Pop Warner Sagebrush Empire League standings with the Reno Patriots at 3-0.
Defeats have been handed to the Carson Senators and Sparks Wolf Pack and most recently to the Reno Falcons.
The Peewee Vikings used a halfback pass in the third quarter to snap a 6-6 deadlock. Running back Kyante Wilson appeared to be sweeping right on a carry but then chucked a pass to quarterback John Cefalu, who was wide open on the opposite side of the field. Cefalu dashed 40 yards for the tie-breaking score.
“The problem was that Douglas’ coaches were there watching the game, so we can’t use the play this week,” said Peewee Vikings’ coach Sean Miller, referring to his team’s matchup with the Tigers on Friday night at the Community Playfields near Lake Tahoe Community College.
Jerret Fajman’s 44-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave the Peewee Vikings a 6-0 lead before the Ravens tied the score just before halftime. Fajman finished with 58 rushing yards.
The defense was instrumental in the win as well, delivering three goal-line stands. Wilson, Ethan Hoffman, Jason Rogers, Joey Anderson, Kyle Miller and Scott Pearce each contributed to a quarterback sack. One defensive stand inside their 10-yard line ended with a pass interception by Fajman at the 6-inch line, according to coach Miller.
The Peewee Vikings’ home opener against the Tigers begins at 6 p.m. Friday.
“If we get past Douglas, we have a shot at going undefeated,” Miller said.
Creating the running lanes and time to deliver the team’s two scores were offensive linemen Pearce, Christian Coats, Kyle Miller, Ethan Hoffman and Dominic Diana.
Junior Midgets improving
Coach Scott Morgan is pleased with the development of his Junior Midget Vikings.
Last Saturday they lost to Douglas 29-0 at South Tahoe High, but the squad continues to improve after nearly folding because of a small turnout earlier this season.
“We played very hard and show the kind of intensity that the team had been lacking for the first two games,” said Morgan, whose team has swelled to 19 players since numbering 12 at the preseason jamboree.
“Many of the kids are learning to play football for the first time, and finally having a enough members, we should be more competitive through the remaining portion of the season.”
Despite an 0-3 record, the Junior Midget Vikings have been excelling with a balanced attack.
“We have an experienced quarterback in Tanner Burghard and two new receivers, Jake Williams and Ian Himes, and returnee John Cavarzan,” Morgan said. “The running-backs are led by A.J. Villalobos, Michael Brothers and Michael Nanzig.”
An improving offense line includes center Hunter Morgan, guards Crew Goralski and Logan Snyder, tackles Shilo Enerson and Cale Backinger and tight ends Scott Spicer and Andrew Thiel.
Thus far, defensive leaders have been Dakota Cronin, Tim Kern, Skyler Miller, Cody Rogers and Chris Barrett.
The Junior Midget Vikings will look to build on their improvement on Friday when they entertain Feather River at 8 p.m. at the Community Playfields.
Editor’s note: Other South Lake Tahoe Pop Warner football coaches are encouraged to call the Tribune with information about their games. Phone Steve Yingling at (530) 542-8010 or e-mail him at email@example.com.