This report is from Adam Greenlow of Menlo Park, a player on the Pee Wee Vikings' Pop Warner football team. He is a seventh-grader at St. Raymond School. All players named are with the Vikings.
The Menlo-Atherton Vikings played against the Tri-Cities Titans and the Junior Midgets against the Andrew Hill Raiders on Sept. 12-13 at Menlo-Atherton High School. Following are the game summaries.
Tiny Mites: In a game where you don't keep score of the points, Justin Sinclair had an amazing run for a touchdown. Justin also crossed the goal line with a sneaky quarterback keeper. Joe Posthauer, Nick Andrighetto, Braden Fitzgerald, and Sebastian Thompson played tight defense.
Mitey Mites: The Vikings' unbelievable first drive lasted 10 plays and took one quarter. The drive went 70 yards, starting with the big push of the frontline, consisting of Owen Mulleneaux, Samuel Davison, James Miller, DJ Houston and Alejandro Ross. It ended with Blake Stenstrom punching in a touchdown. Keyshawn Ashford wrapped the game up with two 45-yard touchdowns to leave Tri Cities in their tracks. The final score was 18-6.
Junior Pee Wees: The JPW played their best game of the season but lost 21-0. Tre'sean Bishop had some great long runs, which were made possible because of Lea Brown's stellar blocking. Don Tate Tussing had a great performance on defense.
Pee Wees:- The Pee Wees played a hard fought game, but couldn't put in a final score to win. Penalties cost the Vikings in the first half, but in the second half the yellow flags were not seen as often. Memo Teu scored on a 17-yard run for the first touchdown of the game. Robby Beardsley threw the ball to Benjamin Burr-Kirven, who ran 35 yards and had to cool off his feet in the end zone. Burr-Kirven also got a critical pick when the Titans could have driven down and scored a touchdown. The defense got a safety to put two points on the board. After one touchdown, Stavro Papadakis kicked for two points. In the last minutes of the fourth quarter, Adam Greenlow caught a long pass thrown by Robby Beardsley and ran in the extra couple of yards to score. But, it wasn't quite enough to win and the Vikings lost 23-26.
Junior Midgets: After a scoreless first half, the Vikings managed to pull off a great 20-6 win against Andrew Hill. Matt Odell had a pass reception from Royce Branning that put points on the board with a 60 yard touchdown. Isiah Nash had two interceptions and brought one to the house. In the third quarter, a big drive ended with Alex Andrighetto scoring on a 40-yard run. Ryan Foster had some nice sacks. Zhi'ir James pummeled a few kids and Malcom Gates and Keesean Johnson had outstanding games.