By Jim Gallagher
Two Menlo-Atherton Vikings teams face their Redwood City Junior 49ers counterparts Sunday, Nov. 13, at Andrew Hill High in San Jose in the Pop Warner Peninsula Conference Football Championships.
Times will be announced on the Vikings website, mapopwarner.com.
The Vikings Junior PeeWees (10 and 11 year olds) defeated the Berkeley Bears on Saturday, Nov. 5, by a score of 27-0 to enter the finals, while the PeeWees (11 and 12 year olds) whipped the Hollister Vikings 34-8 on Sunday, Nov. 6, before some 500 fans at Woodside High.
"It's the culmination of a dream season, going against our good friends and local rivals from Redwood City," said Vikings President Bob Williams. "It's a testament to a great group of kids and good coaching."
Coach Harold Atkins of the undefeated Junior PeeWees lauded his powerful line for dramatic improvement.
"They're our mainstay," said Atkins, citing tackles Alejandro Ross and Tavita MoiMoi, guards Jordan Langhorne and Matt Azzopardi, and center Will Holthaus. Jack Ocken provided the offensive fireworks against Berkeley with a 97-yard touchdown run, while Daniel Hiemuli contributed a 60-yard punt return.
Former Stanford quarterback Steve Stenstrom was equally proud of his PeeWees, who erased an earlier tie with Hollister with Sunday's victory. "To see the boys' improvement is immensely satisfying," the coach said.
Enhancing the Stenstrom presence was quarterback Blake Stenstrom, who shocked Hollister with an 88-yard sneak, threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Tate Tussing, and caught a 17-yard touchdown from Jack Devine. Keyshawn Ashford and Marcelous Chester also scored for the Vikings.