South Tahoe Pop Warner teams perform like true Road Warriors
“On The Road Again” was the theme song for the Pop Warner teams of South Lake Tahoe during last weekend’s football action. Greenville, Winnemucca, Dayton, North Tahoe and Minden were the locations for the local five teams’ games.
The Junior Vikings Midget game against Quincy was in the northern Sierra town of Greenville. Facing their toughest opponents to date, South Tahoe held strong and won the game 13-12. The offensive line had an outstanding game, opening holes for the running backs and providing pass blocking for cleat-less quarterback Evan MacLean. Center Chris Swinger and linemen Jason Holland, Tyler Baginski, Josh Shindelbower, Jeff Meagher and Erick Ramirez gave all the protection needed to allow South Tahoe to score two touchdowns. The first score came off a pass from MacLean to Joey O’Malley, with Buck Pershing the recipient of another MacLean touchdown pass. The lone extra point was scored by Ryan Duin.
Quincy tried to score several times, but were met by tough defensive plays by Wyatt Peterson, Vinnie Stagnaro, James Barnard, Mark Dalmacio and Baginski. An interception by Bryan Barnard at the end of the first half thwarted one of Quincy’s touchdown attempts.
Next on tap for the 3-0 Midgets is a game in Winnemucca on Saturday.
A shutout by the Peewee team of South Lake Tahoe is how they treated host Winnemucca. Walking away with a convincing 39-0 win, the 3-0 Peewees team had several offensive and defensive highlights on the day. Kevin Lucero ran across the goal line on three separate occasions, and Chris Klug and Garrett Gibb each found the end zone once. Danny Suarez was “Mr. Extra Point,” kicking the ball through the goalposts three times and passing to Bryan Burnam for another. Quarterback Ryan Woods was 100 percent on the day, completing 4-of-4 passes.
Helping to keep Winnemucca scoreless was a strong defense, led by Jake Baker and Lee Williams. Klug and Gibb combined efforts and tagged the opposition for a safety. The team is treated to a bye this week.
Also bringing their record up to 3-0 was South Tahoe’s Junior Peewee team. Facing adversity even before the opening kickoff, the young team proved wiser than their years. Having the game location changed on them to across the lake, the Junior Peewees made the field and completed weigh-ins just five minutes before the start of the game. Trying to capitalize on South Tahoe’s lack of warm-up time, host North Tahoe opened with a successful onside kick, leading to a quick touchdown. But that was the last time the hosts experienced a trip over the goal line. Zack Williams sacked the North Tahoe quarterback early in the game, causing a turnover, which eventually led to Williams’ touchdown run. Chad Cooney ran in two scores and Chase Harpole contributed one of his own.
Defensively, Forrest Tomlin recovered a fumble, which set up one of the Junior Vikings’ touchdowns. Gary Prescott and Travis Soto each had an interception. South Tahoe won the game, 24-6. The next opponent for the Junior Peewees is Hawthorne.
South Tahoe’s two remaining teams didn’t fare as well as the others, but they hung tough and made their parents and coaches proud. Greg Spears scored one touchdown in the Junior Midgets’ 35-6 loss to Dayton. They head to Hawthorne in search of victory this weekend.
Two weeks without a game proved to be not enough practice for the Mitey Mite team against its Douglas County foe. A Tyler Slater interception was about the only highlight of the evening, which saw South Tahoe lose 27-0. They travel to Carson City to face the Senators this Saturday.
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