Posted by Deb Doyle of the Menlo Atherton Vikings Pop Warner football club.
The season opener for the Menlo Atherton Vikings Pop Warner football club is Sunday, Sept 2, at St Francis High School in Mountain View, with the Vikings hosting the perennial powerhouse East Bay Warriors. Admission is free.
Game times are:
■ Tiny Mites: 8:30 a.m.
■ Mitey Mites: 10 a.m.
■ Jr Pee Wees: noon
■ Pee Wees: 2 p.m.
■ Junior Midgets: 4 p.m.
The Vikings are opening at St. Francis because the new field at Menlo-Atherton High School is not yet complete.
The Vikings come off a 2011 campaign with strong performances at all age groups. The Vikings Junior PeeWee team was undefeated in the 2011 regular season, winning two playoff games before falling to local rival RWC in the Peninsula Conference Championships. The Jr PeeWee's easily handled the top Nevada team in the Pacific Northwest Regional Championship consolation game.
The Vikings PeeWee team had an even more successful year -- competing in the Pop Warner 2011 National Championships in Orlando, Florida. Following a successful undefeated regular season the PeeWees stormed through the playoffs leading to a closely watched Peninsula Conference Championship match with local rival RC Jr 49ers. After beating the Jr 49ers in an entertaining game, the PeeWees dispatched teams from both Richmond and Washington State to claim the Pacific Northwest Regional Championship and earn a shot at the national title at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World.
Broadcast on ESPN3, the Vikings represented our community in stirring fashion, beating a Rhode Island team, while succumbing in a last second loss to the College Station (TX) Raiders, to end their dreams of bringing the 2011 national championship back to the Menlo Atherton community.
After Sunday's opener against the East Bay Warriors, the Vikings will face opponents representing Berkeley, Santa Clara, Coyote Creek, East Bay, Almaden, Morgan Hill, and Cambrian Valley. The highly anticipated rematch of the Peninsula Championship happens when Redwood City visit the MA Vikings in two weeks. Stay tuned for details.
The Vikings Cheer squads are busy preparing for the season opening event, the Peninsula Cheer Jamboree on Sept. 8 in Morgan Hill, followed by the Cheer Invitational at Shoreline Amphitheater in October.