Pop Warner football: Vikings face Bulldogs


This report is from Adam Greenlow of Menlo Park, a player on the Junior Midgets Vikings team. He is an eighth-grader at St. Raymond School. All players named are with the Vikings.

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings teams in the Pop Warner football league played their second games of the season on Saturday, Sept. 11, against the Bay Cities Bulldogs at San Mateo High School.

Following are game summaries.

Tiny Mites (6-7 year-olds): In a game where you don't keep track of the points, Nicolas Andrighetto, Lawrence Azzopardi, and D'Anthony Huston all got touchdowns. The defense shutout the Bulldogs. The Vikings totaled 250-yards rushing. The offensive line played a great game all-around.

Mitey Mites (8-9 year-olds): The Mitey Mites were victorious, 36-12, against the Bulldogs. Justin Sinclair crossed the goal line twice, on a run and a punt return. Ellis Darnell had a stellar interception, which he took back for a touchdown. Lucas Olson scored on a quarterback keeper. Darian Houston had two key sacks during the game. James Miller put in a crucial hit to stop a big drive.

Junior Pee Wees (10-11 year-olds): The score at the half was 12-12. The Vikings tightened up on defense and popped in a few more touchdowns to win the game. Keyshawn Ashford had two outstanding touchdowns. Tate Tussing put points on the board when he scored off an interception. Marcelous Chester scored on a deep kickoff return. Lucas Andrighetto also pounded the ball in for a touchdown. The final score was 38-12.

Pee Wees (11-12 year-olds): The Pee Wees played a hard opponent and unfortunately lost. Joshua Towers had a nice 55-yard run. The Viking defense had superb plays: two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Will Richey made some wonderful pass plays, one of which was a 25-yard pass to Drew Coan. The Vikings had two very good drives, but just could not push the ball in. The final sore was 26-0.

Junior Midgets (12-13 year-olds): The Junior Midgets played the Bay Cities Bulldogs and won 22-13. The Vikings offense started the game with a 50-yard drive, ending with David Tue punching the ball up the middle on a blast play for a touchdown. Monupo Turituri crossed the goal-line twice with two tremendous touchdowns, one on a short sneak up the middle and another on a 40-yard run. Sam Ferguson had a fumble recovery. The offensive line, including Jose Varela and Austin Wilson, did an outstanding job. The Vikings controlled the ball most of the game and ran the clock down. Danny LaPorte had two crucial points after touchdown, which count for two points each. These points put the Vikings up by 9 points, making it unlikely for the Bulldogs to catch up with the little time left. Theo Chapman made a last-second interception to keep the Bulldogs from scoring.

Midgets (13-14 year-olds): The Midgets triumphed over the Bulldogs with a 28-6 win. Andrew Robinson scored on a 15-yard pass reception for a touchdown and totaled over 100 running yards. Matt Odell had a stellar game with three touchdowns: two were long runs and one, a kickoff return. Also, at quarterback he made many great passes. Nick Stoner kicked two extra points and defensively had two quarterback sacks. Jayshawn Puckett, Luke Gardner, and Jacob Muntazir all had outstanding games. The Vikings' defense did very well in only allowing 6 points.

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