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Pop Warner going strong

Tribune Staff Report

South Tahoe’s Junior Midgets rolled on to their third straight Pop Warner shutout during last weekend’s football action.

The Junior Midgets beat North Tahoe 27-0 at South Tahoe High School. Grant Swinney lead the team with four touchdowns. According to coach Mark Garratt, the defense got the job done so the offense had the time to score. Led by the dominant playing of Kyle Martin, Nick Garratt, Josh Herbst and Danny Lucero, the defense caused three turnovers and a safety.

The Junior Midgets play again Friday night in Reno against the Reno Raiders in a 6 p.m. game.

Three touchdowns by Kevin Lucero led the South Tahoe Mighty Mites to a 33-12 victory over Douglas last Friday night. Lucero had 162 yards rushing, taking him well over 500 yards in just three games. Matthem Yeun pitched in with two touchdowns of his own and 54 yards rushing. Coach Steve Klug credited Nicholas Oliveras with his play at fullback. The defense played another strong game, according to Klug, allowing only two touchdowns and no extra points. A crushing tackle by Brian Popeney highlighted the defense. Klug feels the whole team came together and really “gelled.”

The South Tahoe Midgets played a much better game than in past weeks, according to coach Lewis Sansom, but they still lost last week to Lassen, 27-0.

Sansom says the defense showed improvement with good plays by Jake Summers and Matt Fry. The offense started off shaky but came around toward the end of the game with first-time quarterback Ken Tidwell gaining momentum and effective running by back Jason Domingo. They have a bye this week.

Coach Dean Hexberg said the South Tahoe Junior Peewee team played with a “lot of heart” during their defeat to the Sparks Seahawks during Friday night play. Hexberg said the boys “have nothing to hang their heads about” since they played hard against the three-time defending champ Seahawks.

Tahoe running back Severin Nobriga ran well in the defeat and quarterback Ryan Woods directed the team well. There were highlights by defensive players Miles Wallace, who was in the Seahawk QB’s face much of the game, and Dane Hexberg made five tackles.

The Junior Peewees host the Reno Bears on Friday night at Todd Fields.

“Growth” is the key word from Peewee coach Mike Williams. His team fought hard in their 18-13 loss to North Tahoe last Friday. The team has a lot of first-time players who are “trying their hardest” every week. The Peewees travel to Reno Friday for a 6 p.m. game against the Reno Eagles.

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