Pop Warner teams beat Sparks, Reno and Fallon
Two South Lake Tahoe Pop Warner teams notched victories last week in Division II games.
The South Lake Tahoe Junior Midgets romped past Fallon 28-12 for their second consecutive victory. The previous week the Junior Midgets stopped the Sparks Raiders 24-7.
Earning their first victory last Friday were the South Lake Tahoe Peewees, who downed the Reno Eagles 13-6 in Gardnerville.
“We played four quarters of good football, winning the battle on the line,” said Peewees’ coach Mike Williams. “The offensive line consisting of left end Joey Ledwich, left tackle Ryan Jones, left guard Ryan Lentz, center Ryan Clark, right guard Will McBride, right tackle Rudolfo Mendoza and right end Lucas Johnstone controlled the Eagles the entire game, allowing us to gain over 275 yards of offense.”
Running back Jordan Morgan rolled up 98 yards of total offense, scoring one touchdown and one extra-point conversion. Morgan rushed for 76 yards on 12 carries and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Running back Zack Williams nearly went over the 100-yard barrier for the second straight game, rushing for 95 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown.
Quarterback Barrett Burghard completed four passes for 51 yards, including the TD pass to Morgan. He also rushed five times for 25 yards. Tyler Sharpe and Johnson also contributed offensively, with Sharpe taking a reverse 29 yards and a reception 12 yards and Johnson catching two passes for 17 yards.
Leading the Peewees’ stingy defense were Williams, Riley Griffith, Adam Laub and Matt Olivares. Williams had 10 tackles, including two quarterback sacks; Griffith made six tackles; Laub collected five tackles, a sack and fumble recovery and Olivares had four tackles and a fumble recovery. Conner Carpenter contributed two tackles, including a quarterback sack, and a fumble recovery. The three-tackle club included Morgan, McBride, Cody Nelson and Jordan Yingling.
The Peewees go for two in a row against the Reno Razorbacks tonight at 8 in Sparks.
Rigel Garmen and Tyler Slater starred for the South Lake Tahoe Junior Peewees in a 25-7 loss to Carson Silver last Friday in Sparks.
Peewees’ coach Casey Tierney selected Garmen the defensive player of the game and Slater the offensive player of the game.
Slater, a quarterback and slot back in the bomber formation, caught two passes and forced and recovered a fumble.
Carson ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown and countered South Lake Tahoe’s only touchdown with another runback for six.
“My kids are hanging in there pretty well but it makes it tough to compete in this league when our heaviest kid is 91 pounds and the other team has 12-13 kids who are 100-plus pounds,” said Peewees’ coach Casey Tierney.
The Peewees (0-3) shoot for their first win Saturday at 10 a.m. when the Sparks Raiders visit South Tahoe High.
The Midgets were beaten 32-0 by the Sparks Cardinals despite interceptions by Rio Delucia and Josh Augenfeld. Coach Victor Villescas was pleased with the play of Morgan Chambers on the defensive line.
“We’ve started to get it together but need to get the offense rolling,” Villescas said.
The Midgets (1-2) will try to get untracked when they travel to Fallon for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.