Vikings win consolation game after heartbreaker

49ers also fall in first round

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Victims of a heartbreaking last-second 12-6 loss on Saturday, Dec. 3, the Menlo-Atherton Vikings Pee Wee squad received Tuesday, Dec. 6, to defeat the Mt. Hope (Rhode Island) Cowboys 30-6 in a consolation game in the Pop Warner National Football Championships in Orlando, Florida.

The Vikings battled from behind Saturday in a Division II classic against the powerful Raiders from College Station, Texas, and tied the game 6-6 with 2:23 remaining on a short pass from Blake Stenstrom to Jack Devine.

But on a grinding march from midfield, the Raiders scored on a questionable touchdown pass with 0:06 on the clock as the receiver squeezed near the corner of the end zone.

The Raiders, with an AAU champion 400-meter relay team on their offensive unit, pressured the locals throughout the game. But a tenacious Vikings defense led by Marcellus Chester and Aristotle Douglas held fast until College Station converted a fumble recovery into a score with a 9-yard drive at the end of the third quarter.

"The kids were pretty devastated immediately after the game," said Bob Williams, Vikings president, who headed the local contingent. "But they bounced back really fast, and they'll be ready to go against the Cowboys."

-- By Jim Gallagher, Vikings Bosters.

49ers fall

The Redwood City 49ers fell to the Stanley Blue Devils (NC) 22-0 in the first round of Division II Junior Pee Wee competition at the 55th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The 49ers battled their way through regional competition to be one of only 64 teams to qualify for the national championships.

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Posted by Youth Football Fan
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

The Vikings were the PeeWee game of the day at the Pop Warner Super Bowl - on ESPN3, 17 cameras, microphones everywhere.

Tied up, ready to go into overtime with all the momentum on Menlo's side.... what a heartbreaker.

Still, one of the top 8 PeeWee teams in the country, on ESPN, at the SuperBowl of youth football, playing at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex at DisneyWorld - what a fantastic venue... what a great season.

The best youth football on the mid-peninsula is in Menlo Park and RC. Next season, they take on the best of the best in the Bay Area to see who competes on the national stage.

Pop Warner on the peninsula is stronger, better coached and more fun than any of the other leagues.

Add a couple more players, and they go back to the SuperBowl next year.

Congratulations Vikings - great season! You all deserved the once in a lifetime experience you're having this week back in Florida.

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Posted by Youth Football Fan
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Here's the link to the game on ESPN:

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or if it doesn't work, search Menlo at this link

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Posted by Youth Football Fan
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 8, 2011 at 8:16 am

Menlo Atherton Vikings one of only a couple of the 75+ teams from across the country here to be invited to line the red carpet welcome area for the nation's top athletes at ESPN's College Football Awards tonight.

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