South Tahoe Pop Warner junior varsity football wins Snow Bowl, claims division championship
RENO, Nev. — The South Tahoe Pop Warner junior varsity football team won the Snow Bowl in dominant fashion Saturday night, Nov. 5. The Vikings blanked the Sparks Ducks 31-0 at Bishop Manogue High to claim the Sagebrush Empire Division 3 championship.
South Tahoe (8-0) opened the Snow Bowl with a seven-play drive capped off by a 16-yard touchdown run from Brandon Ruiz. A two-point kick from Giovani Morales put the Vikings ahead 8-0 early.
The Vikings forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and quickly added to their lead. A 28-yard carry from Kaden Leake set up a second touchdown from Ruiz — a 7-yard score that made it 14-0.
Derek Robbins ran through the Ducks defense for a 42-yard score later in the game, and Morales’ two-point kick put South Tahoe up 22-0. Morales then kicked a 47-yard field goal off a snap from Robbins and hold of Kai Collin that made it a 25-point game.
Leif Ferrier capped the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown run as part of a dominant performance from the Vikings offensive line. Defensively, South Tahoe held Sparks to two first downs on the night while pitching its second straight shutout — and fourth of the season.
South Tahoe’s team includes Kyle Clark, Erick Hernandez, Justin Vinson, Landyn Lane, Jake Whisnant, Mikey Roland, Jeremy Smiley, Gavyn Montell, Ryan Aguila, Hayden Waters, Dante Velasco and Koa Collin. The Vikings are undefeated in eight contests this season.
South Tahoe advances to the Division 3 regional championships Saturday, Nov. 12, in Reno. The Vikings will face the Peninsula Pop Warner champion for the regional title.