This report is from Adam Greenlow of Menlo Park, a player on the Pee Wee Vikings' team. He is a seventh grader at St. Raymond School.
The Menlo-Atherton Vikings of the Pop Warner football league played the Berkley Jr. Bears in the fourth week of the season on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland. Following are the game summaries (all players named are with the Vikings).
■ Tiny Mites: In a game where you don't keep score of the points, Justin Sinclair scored in the first half. The Vikings played their toughest opponents yet in a hard-hitting game. The heat and player injures made the game hard for the Vikings. Lawrence Azzopardi, Ezra Bazan, Ian Collins, JT Hunsaker, and Darien Houston all played a great game.
■ Mitey Mites: The Mitey Mites won in an outstanding game, 18-0. This win, keeping the Mitey Mites undefeated, was made possible because of stellar defense. This defense included Floyd Gazaway, Lucas Andrighetto, Blake Stenstrom, and Brad Yaffe who kept the Bears from scoring. Keyshawn Ashford scored two touchdowns to pump up the crowd. Brad Yaffe caught a nice pass for a touchdown. The offensive line facilitated the touchdowns by assisting the running back and receiver.
■ Junior Pee Wees: The JPW played a tough game against the Bears, but lost 27-6. Lavell Gates started off the Vikings' game by putting points on the board with an explosive kickoff return. Nick Becker had a fumble recovery. Leamanaia Brown exhibited great effort on defense.
■ Pee Wees: The Pee Wees had a great first drive, but couldn't get the first down when they were inside the 10-yard line. The Vikings had some costly mistakes, resulting in touchdowns for the other side. The Vikings could not climb out of the hole to score. The final score was a 27-0.
■ Junior Midgets: The Junior Midgets were down 13-0, but came back with spectacular play to win 14-13. Malcolm Gates scored a touchdown off a 72-yard kickoff return. Isiah Nash scored on a pass from Royce Branning. The second half was scoreless on both sides. Outstanding games were played by Steven McColloch, Max Gardner, Robert Wang, Anthony Gabb, and Skyler Taulapapa.