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Vikings advance to Pacific Northwest playoffs

 

Championship Pop Warner football frenzy continues to heat up for the Menlo-Atherton Vikings, as the local PeeWee squad prepares for the Pacific Northwest semifinals on Nov. 19.

Time and site, still being determined by Pop Warner officials, will be posted on the Vikings website, www.mapopwarner.com.

The undefeated Vikings PeeWees (11 and 12-year-olds) advanced to the regional championship on Saturday, Nov. 12, with a 26-6 victory in San Jose over the Redwood City Junior 49ers for the Peninsula Conference title.

In an earlier game, the Vikings Junior PeeWees dropped a 39-8 verdict to their Redwood City counterparts.

Coach Steve Stenstrom had his Vikings PeeWees at full throttle against Redwood City, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on a Blake Stenstrom-Lucas Andrighetto pass. Stenstrom hit Tate Tussing with a 10-yard scoring toss, and Jack Devine dashed 48 yards with an attempted onside kick for a third touchdown. Stenstrom's 5-yard run capped the scoring, augmented by Devine's 2-point conversion kick.

The coach lauded his offensive line for a powerful effort, and commended Andrighetto ("key plays") and safety Keyshawn Ashford for critical performances.

For the Junior PeeWees, quarterback Andres Atkins' scoring run was the highlight, as Coach Harold Atkins' team found the going tough after a promising start. Despite Saturday's result, "it was a great season," Atkins said. "The coaching staff is really proud of this squad."

A possible consolation game is in the works for the Junior PeeWees this weekend, with confirmation available on the Vikings website.

-- Jim Gallagher, Vikings Boosters

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Posted by Pops
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

Well, well, well... a Peninsula Pop Warner Conference that stretches for Pacifica to Holister, from Monterey out to the Delta, and we have two CHAMPIONS right here in our backyard!

Congrats to the Menlo Atherton Vikings PeeWees and the RWC Jr PeeWees on their fantastic season as Peninsula Champions! The best football on the Peninisula is right here in Menlo and RWC!! Congrats also to Coach Atkins and his runner up JPW team!

Good luck in the regional matchups, competing for the crown as Pacific Northwest Region Champions!!


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Posted by Pops
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

A great weekend of football lies ahead as the Menlo Atherton Vikings continue their march into the upper echelon of peninsula football. Web Link Pop Warner is the dominant youth football league in the area, with 32 clubs in the peninsula conference, with over 7,000 participants.

Menlo Atherton Jr PeeWees vs Sagebrush Conference representative Sparks/Reno Cardinal in Pacific Northwest Regional Invitational Bowl is Saturday, 8am at Woodside.

Menlo Atherton PeeWees, Peninsula Conference Champions vs Greater Golden Gate Conference Champion Richmond Eagles in semi-final game for Pacific Northwest Region Championship Series and the right to represent the PNW Region in the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Florida, Dec 3-10. Game is at Townsend Field, 1111 Bellomy, Santa Clara; Sunday at 1pm.

Admission: Children are free at both venues, over 16 years is $15, with proceeds partially applied to costs for teams traveling on to the National Championships in Orlando.

Come root for your Peninsula Conference Champion Menlo Atherton Vikings!


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Posted by old football hand
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Nov 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

Good luck Vikings!!!!

I see its FridayNight lights at MA. Go Bears!!!

So good to see the great game of football doing so well in the area.


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Posted by Central P
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Weather clears up for Saturday's game at Woodside. Should be fun.

"Air it out!" Coach Atkins!!!


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Posted by Central P
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm

He didn't air it out, but after a scoreless first half, Coach Atkins had the kids run it out, scoring a decisive 27-0 Menlo Atherton Vikings victory over the Sparks, NV Cardinals, to take home the Pop Warner Invitational Bowl trophy.

Congrats on being a big part of youth football's renaissance on the mid-peninsula! Pop Warner is the best league, with the best competition and coaching.

Good luck to Coach Stenstrom's PeeWee team tomorrow in Santa Clara against the Richmond Eagles!

Go Vikings!!


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Posted by old football hand
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Nov 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

Going to be muddy, the way football was meant to be.

Every kid looks forward to rainy games.

Good luck Vikings!


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Posted by Central P
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

Destruction.

A team on a roll meets another team that wasn't ready for them. Completely lopsided, 29-0 before half.

Congrats to the semi-final winner who meets the Northwest champion from Washington on Saturday at Woodside.

Who might that be?

Our very own Menlo Atherton Vikings PeeWee team.

Go Vikings!


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Posted by Jen
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

Go Vikings! Beat Washington!


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Posted by Central P
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

Washington Colts vs MA Vikings

Woodside HS, 11am

kids free, over fifteen $15

4 games

9am JPW RWC vs Evergreen (Nevada)
11am PW Washington Colts vs your Menlo Atherton Vikings
1pm JM Douglas Tigers (Nevada) vs Berkeley
3pm MD Carson Senators (Nevada)vs Berkeley


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Posted by Jen
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Nov 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

Menlo Atherton wins and advances to the nationals this week. RWC wins at a different age group. Berkeley wins. Almaden wins. East Bay won last week to advance.

At every division and age group, Peninsula Conference teams beat every team from Neveda, Oregon, Washington and Alaska to take Pacific Northwest Championships and represent in the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

The best football in the Northwest is being played in the Peninsula Pop Warner Conference. It runs from Salinas to Pacifica.

The best locally? Our local football powerhouses - RWC and Menlo Atherton Pop Warner.

The best of the best.

Good luck in Florida, boys!


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