M-A Vikings finish Pop Warner season, now enter playoffs
Finishing their first season in the strong Division 1 tier of the Peninsula Pop Warner Conference, the M-A Vikings prepare for the playoffs that begin this coming weekend at Menlo-Atherton High School, with games at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Brackets will be announced via the web at mapopwarner.com
The Viking Junior Midgets, coached by Steve Stenstrom, finished the season Sunday, Oct. 28, with a perfect 9-0 record, with a decisive victory over the third-ranked Almaden Mustangs, 38-16. The JM's (ages 11-13) earn a bye in the first round, with their second-round opponent to be determined during the noon game at M-A High this Saturday. Requiring two wins in the upcoming playoffs, the Vikings will attempt to claim the Pacific Northwest region crown and a return trip to the Pop Warner Super Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando in December.
The Vikings PeeWee team concluded the regular season with a strong 20-7 victory over Almaden to improve its record to 6-3. The PW's (ages 10-12) begin their post-season Saturday with a game at 2 p.m. at M-A High. Coach Harold Atkins cites strong improvements by his first-year players, along with the solid play of his established veterans for his team's remarkable season.
The Jr PeeWee's, despite a strong finish winning two of their last three games, just missed the playoff cut. Coach Scott Sellers looks forward to the return of his team next season, along with welcoming new players to his team and all age levels for the Vikings (6 teams with players age 5 to 14 years).
Coach Rahsaan Dean's Mitey Mites finished their season with a stirring 24-0 shutout of the Bay Cities Bulldogs in the annual Mitey Mite Bowl. The Mitey Mites also play an exhibition at halftime of the Menlo-Atherton Bears game this Friday at M-A.
Last week, coach Dave Bragg's Tiny Mites finished their eight- game schedule at the non-score-keeping level (ages 5-7). Playing at an age group many consider to be the most fun to watch, many of the Tiny Mite Vikings graduate up a level to Mitey Mites for the 2013 season.
Bob Williams is president and co-founder, of Menlo Atherton Pop Warner.