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 of the Pop Warner football league played in various places in the third week of the season. The games took place Sunday, Sept. 19.. The Mitey Mites and the Junior Pee Wees played at Raimondi Park in west Oakland. The Pee Wees played in Half Moon Bay. The Junior Midgets and Midgets played at Andrew Hill High School. Following are the game summaries:
Mitey Mites (8/9 year-olds): The Mitey Mites played a hard opponent and unfortunately lost to the East Bay Warriors, 18-6. Justin Sinclair threw a halfback pass to Ellis Darnell, who then ran the ball to the end zone for six points. Although the defense let up a few touchdowns, they laid in some stellar hits. Joe Posthauer played an excellent game along with Darian Houston and David Houston, who were the ones with the big tackles. Ezra Bazan had a nice sack to keep the Warriors from scoring yet again.
Junior Pee Wees (10/11 year-olds): The Vikings played a very hard opponent, the East Bay Warriors, and were beaten, 26-0. The Viking defense played a great game in the first half only to let in a touchdown with two minutes to go in the second quarter. The Warriors slowly wore down M-A, but the Vikings gave it their all. The Vikings were not able to pop a touchdown in during this rough game.
Pee Wees (11/12 year-olds): The Pee Wees couldn't quite pull off the win versus the Coastside Cougars. After the Cougars scored on their first drive, the Vikings held them for the rest of the game. The defense only let them get a total of 50-yards after the first drive. Charles Ferguson and Joshua Towers had a nice game on defense. Nick Becker had a fumble recovery with two minutes to go on the 20-yard line. The Cougars got the ball back and Tre'sean Bishop stopped them on the 10-yard line when it was fourth down. The Vikings then drove the ball 90-yards with many runs by Lavell Gates and Joshua Towers. During this drive Will Ritchey completed a pass to Marcus Gershenberg for a 20-yard gain. The drive ended with Joshua Towers scoring. Unfortunately, the Vikings could not achieve a win in this exciting football game. The final score was 8-6.
Junior Midgets (12/13 year-olds): The Junior Midgets played the Andrew Hill Raiders. Early in the second quarter, Robby Beardsley threw a 15-yard pass to Adam Greenlow, who then ran it 60-yards to score. This put the Vikings in a 6-0 lead at the half. In the third quarter, Danny LaPorte and Robby Beardsley had many great passes for big gains. Manupo Turituri and David Teu both had very nice runs, and each got touchdowns on up-the-middle blast plays. Sean O'Keefe had three crucial fumble recoveries. The defense, including Sam Ferguson and Viliami Aholelei, held the Raiders scoreless. The final score was 20-0.
Midgets (13/14 year-olds): The Midgets had a tough defeat verse the Andrew Hill Raiders. To start the game off, the Vikings drove the ball 70 yards and scored from a pass thrown by Matt Odell and caught by Andrew Robinson. The passing game was excellent with many connections between Andrew Robinson and Matt Odell. The score at half was 14-8. Jayshawn Puckett and Malcom Gates both had superb games on offence and defense. Sorry to say, the Vikings could not convert and lost 29-8.