Pop Warner teams cap successful seasons with comeback wins
The Pop Warner football teams of South Lake Tahoe put the bow on their 1999 season, which ended Nov. 6.
Players, parents, coaches, board members and fans witnessed a successful season and the prospect of a bright future.
The Junior Viking Peewees wrapped up their exciting season with a 32-0 victory over Dayton at South Tahoe High. The peewees posted a very successful overall record of 7-2.
Kevin Lucero left his mark on the season finale as he rushed for 189 yards and scored three touchdowns. Severin Nobriega contributed 78 yards on the ground and one score, and Ryan Woods rushed for a 15-yard touchdown.
The defensive did the rest, recording a well-deserved shutout.
Coach Steve Klug Jr. wished to thank all of the parents for their support during the season, Mark Shehadi for providing coaching and use of vehicles, assistants Steve Klug Sr., Mike Stewart and Russ Woods for their coaching and time and team moms Tracie Klug and Wendy Tucker.
Baseball has its “Say Hey Kid” and now Pop Warner football has its “Comeback Kids.”
The Junior Viking Junior Midgets proved why you never say never on the road against Fallon on Nov. 5. The Tahoe sqaud trailed 19-6 at halftime, and Fallon put the visitors in a deeper hole by scoring to start the third quarter.
However, the Junior Vikings have been in that position several times late in the season and weren’t about to quit.
Two rushing touchdowns by quarterback Mikey VanGorden and two scoring tosses to Eric Domingo brought Tahoe right back into the game in the fourth quarter.
Regulation play concluded with the score tied at 25, and Tahoe won the toss in the overtime session, where each team received four downs from the opposition’s 10-yard line.
VanGorden scored to put Tahoe ahead, and the defense made the score stand up.
Other players from the 6-3 junior midget squad included Kelsey Adams, Matt Bobman, Michael Dalmacio, Louis DeCaro, Shawn Hudler, Nikolas Mercado, Garrett Murphy, Jared Nemo, Glenn “Buck” Pershing, Troy Radke, Thomas Rothenberger, Josh Shindelbower, Chris Swinger, Jake Tibbitts, Daniel Tobin, Jonathan Vasquez and Haven Wilvers.
The midget squad also played host to Dayton on Nov. 6 and collected an impressive victory.
Like the junior midgets, the midgets fell behind 13-0 in the first quarter. But Grant Swinney got the ball rolling in Tahoe’s favor with a 50-yard interception, followed by a Rohan Roy touchdown. Tahoe added touchdowns by Billy Johnson and Nick Lowe in the first half and cruised to a 39-26 victory.
The Junior Vikings sealed the win with fumble recoveries by Nick Garrat and Jesse Porter and picks by Swinney and Johnson. Coach Mark Garratt was impressed by both of Swinney’s swipes, which were taken out of Dayton players’ hands.
Justin Keys scored his first touchdown reception to highlight Tahoe’s second-half scoring.
Helping Tahoe to a lofty 7-2 record were Brent Abrams, Jonathan Coates, Shane Collins, Andrew Contreras, Gary Estenson, Tommy Forjone, Nick Garratt, Adrain Geary, Richie Giesen, Billy Johnson, Blake Johnson, Keyes, Jerrad Lopez, Lowe, Kyle Martin, Justin McIntyre, Porter, Jose Rodriguez, Roy, Travis Shindelbower, Swinney and Chris Thorne.
Garratt wished to thank the efforts of team moms Monique McIntyre and Dianne Lowe.
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