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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Pop Warner football: Vikings win two out of three postseason contests Pop Warner football: Vikings win two out of three postseason contests (November 02, 2005)

Playoffs and Super Bowls were on the Menlo-Atherton Vikings Pop Warner football agenda on Sunday, October 29, and the locals responded with two out of three victories against powerhouse teams in the Peninsula Conference.

Here are the details of the October 29 action:

** Mitey Mites. Proving that defense wins championships, the Vikings shut down perennial power Oak Grove to win 12-0 in the Mitey Mite Super Bowl. The Vikings defense forced four turnovers, with Kent Kober recovering two fumbles and Peter Bouret and Ryan Roberts intercepting passes. Marcus Avelar, returning from injury, was a defensive standout together with Isiah Nash, Nicky Goyle, Cameron Kirkpatrick, Stephen Chu, Bryce Rodgers and Adam Greenlow. Bouret and Roberts both gained more than 100 rushing yards, and each scored a touchdown behind crisp blocking from Kober, Chu, Ben Chilton and Jordan Long. Coach Fred Rodgers' team finished the season with a 6-1-2 record.

** Junior Pee Wees. Behind the powerful running of tailback/quarterback Patrick Bruni, the Vikings stormed into the second round of the playoffs with a well-earned 6-0 victory over the favored Redwood City Junior 49ers. Fierce hitting by the Vikings defense turned back a series of 49er thrusts until Menlo-Atherton mounted the game's only scoring drive in the second half. Bruni slashed two yards into the end zone off right tackle just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. Jake Britschgi, Charles Washington, Landon Baty and Bryan Rodgers led a relentless defense that overwhelmed Redwood City as time ran out.

** Junior Midgets. It was one and out for the Vikings in playoff action as they absorbed a 34-6 pasting from highly-regarded Cambrian Valley. The lone Menlo-Atherton score came on an option pass from Chris Gaertner, who took a lateral from Josiah Paye and flipped to Marquise Tolson for a 35-yard play. Despite the tough ending, it was a successful season for the Vikings, who compiled a 5-3 record.

-- Report by Jim Gallagher of Vikings Boosters

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