Pop Warner teams continue to roll
Winning was the name of the game for all five South Tahoe Pop Warner teams during last weekend’s football action. The fields at South Tahoe High School were more welcoming than the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, but the outstanding Junior Viking defenses and offenses were not.
Cruising to their first victory of the year was the Junior Midget team, beating visiting North Tahoe 31-6. Severin Nobriga scored on a 5-yard run and also punched over the line for the conversion. Greg Spears had two touchdowns on the afternoon, one coming off a Jack Williams pass and the other a solo 25-yard run. Williams scored again on an 80-yard quarterback sneak play and Derek Witters also made a trip over the goal line.
Keeping North Tahoe to the lone touchdown were top defensive plays by Mike Zapata, Tyler Verhoeven and Jeremy Cecchettini. The South Tahoe Junior Midgets look to continue their winning streak, hosting Truckee this Saturday at South Tahoe High School’s football field. Kickoff time is 1:30 p.m.
Hosting their first game, the Mitey Mites played well for the hometown crowd and beat the Fallon Greenwave, 6-0. Kohl Zeek scored twice during the game, but had one called back on a penalty. Jesus Valdivia kept Fallon deep in their own territory with his excellent punts. Making sure Fallon never made it into the end zone was a strong defense, led by Taylor Zwerdling and Chris Peterson.
Reno makes a trip up to the South Shore for the Mitey Mite’s next game. They will play at the high school’s field of dreams at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Junior Viking Pee Wees continue to roll over their opponents, and took Dayton as their last victim. South Tahoe took a 28-0 lead by the end of the second quarter on the scoring of three different players. Chris Condella had two carries for 137 yards and scored both times. Danny Suarez and Blaine Inglis each had South Tahoe touchdowns. Suarez was also two for four on his extra point kicks.
Joey Krueger, Garrett Gibb, Chris Klug, Anthony DeMetri and Lee Williams led the defensive attack, keeping their opponents away from the goal line. The final score was South Tahoe 28, Dayton 0. The Pee Wees host Truckee at the South Tahoe High football field Saturday. Game time is 11:30 a.m.
Six touchdowns by the South Tahoe Midget team greeted their guests from the North Shore, who saw the hosts take the game away with a 44-6 win. Evan MacLean scored on a quarterback keeper play and sent a pass to Ryan Gosh that also resulted in a score. Ryan Duin, Buck Pershing and Bryan Barnard all added six points on the scoreboard with rushing touchdowns of their own. Extra points were kicked by Pershing, who was successful on four attempts. Michael Burghard intercepted a North Tahoe pass and returned it for a touchdown.
The tough defense of South Tahoe held North Tahoe to a lone touchdown. Excellent blitzing and tackling by James Barnard, Vinnie Stagnaro, Mark Dalmacio, Nick Kallenbach, Jared Wood and Max Meeker highlighted the late afternoon game. Looking to take their record to 6-0, South Tahoe hosts Truckee in a 3:30 p.m. contest.
A continuation of the Junior Viking Pop Warner domination of the day, occured when the Junior Pee Wee team blanked Dayton 33-0. Chad Cooney led the offense and threw three touchdown passes and ran in an extra point. The recepients of the scoring throws were Chase Harpole, Zack Vereschagin and Garrett Tinlin.
Gary Prescott kicked an extra point, Jesse Cruz had a rushing touchdown and Harpole returned a punt to wrap up the scoring for the Junior Pee Wees.
Defensively, sacks by Vereschagin, Larson Bateman and Trevor Galvin led the highlights. They host Truckee at 9:30 am this Saturday morning at South Tahoe High.
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