STPW Pee Wee Vikings beat Sparks, improve to 4-0 |

STPW Pee Wee Vikings beat Sparks, improve to 4-0

Tribune staff report
The South Tahoe Pop Warner Pee Wee football team breaks the huddle around quarterback Jake Tarwater (11) during its 28-6 win over the Sparks Steelers on Saturday at Viking Stadium.
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The South Tahoe Pop Warner Pee Wee Vikings football team improved to 4-0 on the season with a 28-6 win over the Sparks Steelers at Viking Stadium on Saturday.

The Vikings opened the scoring with a touchdown run by quarterback Jake Tarwater, a run that capped an impressive 14-play drive. Just before halftime, South Tahoe added to its lead.

With seven seconds left in the first half, Tarwater hit Logan Field for a 47-yard completion. After a timeout, Tarwater connected with Jeremy Smiley for a 17-yard touchdown.

The Vikings had several long runs during the contest by Smiley, Zach Pexa, Mason Hage and Giovanni Morales. Pexa added another rushing touchdown for the Vikings in the third quarter, and Tarwater finished the scoring in the fourth quarter with his second rushing touchdown of the game.

South Tahoe delivered a dominant offensive performance in Saturday’s win, and its dominance started in the trenches. The Vikings’ offensive line of Field, Jaden Aquino, Drake Lathrop, Dante Velasco, Deven Sukha, Jake Whisnant, Derek Robbins and Dylan Wade paved the way for the Vikings all game long.

Morales was successful on two extra points on the day. He also had two kickoffs for touchbacks.

South Tahoe’s defense caused four fumbles against Sparks and allowed only its third touchdown of the season. The defensive front of Aquino, Field, Morales, Robbins, Giovanni Fena, Nathan Singlyn, Tyler Meek along with linebackers Tarwater, Pexa, Lathrop, Whisnant and Morales allowed only six first downs rushing on the day and tallied 12 sacks. 

Smiley, Hage and Wade played well in the secondary against Sparks. The trio allowed only two completions in Saturday’s game.

The Pee Wee Vikings (ages 10-12) play again Saturday, Oct. 11 at Viking Stadium against Truckee at 6 p.m. during Pop Warner Day. The STPW Tiny Mites (5-7) host Fallon at 2 p.m., the Junior Pee Wees take on Fernley at 4 p.m. and the Junior Midget team faces Truckee at 8 p.m. Admission to all the games is free.

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